US Plan “C” in Syria: Make “Al Qaeda Central” the New Capital

US Plan “C” in Syria: Make “Al Qaeda Central” the New Capital

In reality, since even before Syria’s conflict began unfolding in 2011, the United States had been planning for the nation’s division and destruction through the use of militant proxies allied to Al Qaeda since as early as 2007. Like Libya, Syria was meant to be swiftly overwhelmed by covert terrorism and military operations backed by…

Why the U.S.-Built House of Cards in the Middle East Is Falling Apart

Why the U.S.-Built House of Cards in the Middle East Is Falling Apart

While lies are almost uniformly held to be unacceptable in the context of a liberal democracy, this is not entirely the case in foreign policy where realists often value lies for their ability to advance a country’s national interest. The entire literature and practice of military strategy, intelligence and counter-espionage is underwritten by deception and…

Mosul Offensive: End of Islamic State or New Phase in War on Terror?

Mosul Offensive: End of Islamic State or New Phase in War on Terror?

According to the Council on Foreign Relation’s Foreign Policy the Islamic State will survive the Mosul offensive and live on to wage guerrilla war. “If the Islamic State has any hope of surviving the loss of Mosul, its leaders will likely shift to a classic guerrilla campaign that includes ambushes, raids, sabotage, targeted assassinations, and…