Middle East

America, Supplicant to Iran?

Secretary Rice is correct that the United States would indeed be seen as a supplicant by engaging Iran—a supplicant for stability, that is, thereby bolstering America’s waning stature.

The Cost of a Surge

Due to Bush’s “emergency requests”, it is virtually impossible for the nation to track Iraq spending. The decision to “surge” forces this winter would only exacerbate the problem.

End the Crusade

The debacle in Iraq reaffirms the lesson of a thousand years ago: there is no such thing as a good crusade; divine missions are not conducive to sensible policy.

Dimitri K. Simes