Category Archives: The Obama Effect

Afghanistan Preemption

Around Marjah, a preemptive wintertime offensive aims to nip the rumored Taliban spring offensive in the bud. What with the successful arrest of Mullah Baradar, there’s been an unusually-high level of Pakistani-American cooperation lately, too. From the NYT: ISLAMABAD, Pakistan … Continue reading

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Iran: The Obama Effect?

Let’s dispense with one thing up front: I don’t believe for a minute that Obama is some holy being here to save the world. That’s magical thinking. The only people who think that way are Republicans: “Everything that Obama has … Continue reading

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