The coronavirus pandemic is truly like a war
Maybe this sounds dramatic, but the coronavirus is like a war.   The soldiers are health care workers. The enemy is the virus. The battlefield is the hospitals.  We are finding out that life can turn on a dime. I found that out 30 years ago in August 1990.  Iraq invaded Kuwait. I knew as soon […]Find jobs at  Careers by KevinMD.com.  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - March 29, 2020 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/susan-shannon" rel="tag" > Susan Shannon, RN < /a > < /span > Tags: Conditions COVID-19 coronavirus Infectious Disease Source Type: blogs

In Remembrance of Jon Basil Utley (1934 –2020)
Christopher A. PrebleThe pro ‐​freedom and anti‐​war movement lost one of its most dedicated champions this past weekend. Jon Basil Utley was born in the Soviet Union in 1934. His British‐​born mother, Freda, had gone there as a pro ‐​communist intellectual and writer. But after his father was spirited away to one of Stalin’s gulags (where he was executed in 1938), Freda fled with young Jon and became an outspoken critic of the Soviet Union, including in several bestselling books. They eventually emigrated to the United S tates where Freda hosted meetings of prominent anti ‐​communists i...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - March 23, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Christopher A. Preble Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Health, Economics, and Politics and the Big Picture. What I Am Watching Here And Abroad.
March 19, 2020 Edition.-----Well it has all been about COVID-19 this week largely – with the odd rocket fired in Iraq at dissidents.The key points are that the US has declared a state of emergency and are trying to find enough tests to find out just how bad their problem it. Right now they have no idea bur are admitting to 2000 + cases.In the UK Boris is warning that more that usual numbers will die.In Australia things are being cancelled right, left and centre – even the One Day Cricket!. Will cause a rush on Netflix I reckon…----- Major Issues.-----https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/proposed-bill-...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - March 19, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

The casualties of the Iran missile attack: not your father ’s concussion
Recently, revelations indicated that the Iran missile strike on the U.S. base in Iraq actually did cause head injuries.   So why did the U.S. initially claim no “casualties”?   From the limited reports available, it appears that most of the soldiers’ symptoms were consistent with concussions.  Let’s define terms:  In the wars of the 20th century, […]Find jobs at  Careers by KevinMD.com.  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - March 6, 2020 Category: General Medicine Authors: < span itemprop="author" > < a href="https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/michael-brant-zawadzki" rel="tag" > Michael Brant-Zawadzki, MD < /a > < /span > Tags: Conditions Neurology Source Type: blogs

Reasons to chill and reasons not to chill
Okay, I'm not an epidemiologist or a virologist. But I do know something about those subjects, I'm a public health professor, and I am an expert in clinical communication and risk communication. So I'm going to offer some observations that I hope will help people keep this public health scare in proper perspective and maybe be of practical use.There are two important parameters we need to understand the risk caused by any communicable disease. I'm going to broadly say transmissibility, and the probability that exposure will lead to serious disease.We often see transmissibility represented as a single number, called R0 or &...
Source: Stayin' Alive - February 26, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Failed Humanitarian Interventions and the “Good Intentions” Dodge
Ted Galen CarpenterIn a newNational Interest Online article,I discuss how advocates of “humanitarian” military interventions resort to a variety of excuses to evade responsibility once their crusades go awry.One especially maddening deflection of responsibility is when proponents insist that their intentions were good, and that the missions should be judged according to that standard.Even Barack Obama seemed to recognize the insufficiency of that defense when he first met Samantha Power, an advocate of the “responsibility to protect” (R2P) doctrine and U.S. involvement in multilateral...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - February 25, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Ted Galen Carpenter Source Type: blogs

Iran Claws Back Its Regional Influence
Last year, Iran faced protests at home as well as in Iraq and Lebanon, where thousands rallied against Tehran's regional hegemony. But with its recent machinations and the fallout over the killing of Soleimani, Iran has succeeded in changing the regional conversation. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - January 17, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: Jordan R. Reimer Source Type: blogs

The Democrats' Search for a New Foreign Policy
A. Trevor Thrall andJordan CohenCato will be hosting a panel discussion on January 28,The Future of Progressive Foreign Policy: 2020 and Beyond, featuringKate Kizer from Win Without War, Loren DeJonge Schulman from the Center for a New American Security,Dan Nexon from Georgetown University,Adam Mount from the Federation of American Scientists, andMena Ayazi from the Alliance for Peacebuilding.To provide some broad perspective for the discussion, we are sharing a slightly updated version of an article wepublished in the November/December issue of the German magazine,Internationale Politik. In it we use speeches and campaign...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 16, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: A. Trevor Thrall, Jordan Cohen Source Type: blogs

Podcast: Hugging Strangers to Improve Mental Health
 Touch is a powerful thing. From the time we’re born, and throughout our lives, humans need touch to thrive and develop properly. Sadly, many people in our culture experience a profound lack of caring and respectful platonic touch. Today’s guest, Rev. Edie Weinstein, has a remedy for this. She is the founder of Hug Mobsters Armed With Love, which offers FREE HUGS events for the public. Tune in to discover how Edie got started in the hugging “business,” the ins and outs of giving free hugs in public, and how she manages to gently navigate our culture’s understandable wariness of inappropria...
Source: World of Psychology - January 16, 2020 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: The Psych Central Podcast Tags: General Inspiration & Hope Interview Mental Health and Wellness Podcast The Psych Central Show Source Type: blogs

Iran, Mental Health and Jail, Russia: RAND Weekly Recap
This weekly recap focuses on Iran and Iraq following the death of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, supporting those experiencing mental illness in jails, Russia's hostile measures, and more. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - January 10, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: blogs

The Macro View – Health, Economics, and Politics and the Big Picture. What I Am Watching Here And Abroad.
January 9 2020 Edition.-----Two really huge stories this week.In Eastern Australia the bushfires are just apocalyptic. Hopefully by the time this is available things will have settled a bit and the heat on the weekend will be less, but sadly Friday is looking grim.In the US Trump has decided give a serious shot at kicking off WW III by assassinating a key Iranian General and a few Iraqi leaders. We have to hope we don ’t see an extreme Iranian response, as has turned out to be the case and Trump seems to have calmed down a little. Breath! ----- Major Issues.-----https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/political-warfa...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - January 9, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Trump the Decider
Gene HealyThe MQ-9 Reaper attack that took out Iranian General Qassim Suleimani was a drone strike for peace, President Trumpexplained last week: we took action “to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war.” That’s a theory, and it’s going to be put to the test. “All is well!” the president tweeted last night as a salvo ofIranian missiles fell on U.S. positions in Iraq: “So far, so good!”Trump ’s decision to target Suleimani—a figuredescribed as the Iranian equivalent of “an American Vice President, chairman of the Joint Chiefs and CIA director roll...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 8, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Gene Healy Source Type: blogs

How Extensive Is FBI Domestic Spying? We're Trying To Find Out
Patrick G. EddingtonEarlier today, Cato issued apress release based on the current results of a major and ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) project designed to try to determine the magnitude of FBI domestic surveillance activities that may be unconstitutional or otherwise questionable from a civil liberties standpoint. First, some background.Since April 2019, I ’ve filed over 400 FOIAs. One of the core questions my FOIA work seeks to answer is whether, and to what extent, the kinds of domestic surveillance abuses that were surfaced by the Church Committee (and later the Senate Foreign Relations Committee) hav...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 7, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Patrick G. Eddington Source Type: blogs

Happy New Year – 2020
Well, here we are. Into 2020. And it is definitely a new year with all kinds of things going on around the world that are unnerving and definitely the stuff of “interesting things” found in that Chinese curse people quote from time to time. And I have a lot to write about today. I can say that at least, right now, there are two things that are grabbing attention world-wide that may or may not – who knows – continue to grab attention in the immediate future. The first is the wildfires in Australia. If you look at a map of the Australian continent, it seems the whole country is on fire. I have a ch...
Source: Qui Interrogat - January 6, 2020 Category: Nursing Authors: Walt Trachim Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Does Trump Have An Ethnic Iranian Interrogation and Detention Program In The Works?
Patrick G. EddingtonThe reporteddetention and interrogation of Iranian Americans in Washington state over the weekend raises an obvious question: was this an isolated incident, or  is the Trump administration now rolling out an interrogation and possible detention program targeting persons of Iranian heritage? A FOIA response from the Justice Department I received inMay 2019 may offer a telling clue. First, a little background.In April 2019, not long after President Trumpdesignated the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a terrorist organization, I decided it would be a good idea to find out if the...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 6, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Patrick G. Eddington Source Type: blogs

Iraq's Vote to Expel U.S. Troops Is Iran's True Victory
If American soldiers are ejected from Iraq, the consequences may be far-reaching and damaging to U.S. strategic interests. What options remain to reset the relationship between Washington and Baghdad? (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - January 6, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: Ben Connable Source Type: blogs

Can Iraq Evict U.S. Forces?
On Sunday, the Iraqi parliament voted 170 to 0 (with nearly 150 Kurdish and Sunni lawmakers abstaining) to expel U.S. troops from Iraq. This vote was nonbinding, and the Iraqi caretaker government cannot pass laws, but the vote does indicate that a majority in parliament wants U.S. forces to leave. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - January 6, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: Stacie L. Pettyjohn Source Type: blogs

Baghdad Siege Wasn't Benghazi, and Never Will Be — Here's How the Embassy Attacks Differ
Given the heightened tension between the United States and Iran and the ongoing instability in Iraq, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad may very well be attacked again. If such an attack were to be successful, it would be more akin to the fall of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon than the U.S. mission in Benghazi. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - January 6, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: Raphael S. Cohen Source Type: blogs

Baghdad Siege Wasn't Benghazi, and Never Will Be
Given the heightened tension between the United States and Iran and the ongoing instability in Iraq, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad may very well be attacked again. If such an attack were to be successful, it would be more akin to the fall of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon than the U.S. mission in Benghazi. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - January 6, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: Raphael S. Cohen Source Type: blogs

Regrettable News
Sadly, I events have motivated me to re-launch the blog formerly known as Today in Iraq, Iraq today, Today in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Today in Afghanistan. I have also retitled it,Today in the Endless War. I will make appropriate changes to the sidebars in due course. I am profoundly sorry, and angry, that this occasion has arisen. (Source: Stayin' Alive)
Source: Stayin' Alive - January 5, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

With Airstrikes in Iraq, Trump Draws America Further into Middle East Conflict
John GlaserThe U.S. airstrike that killed the Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani is a dangerous and reckless act that is almost certain to trigger an escalation of violence in the Middle East, including the possibility of retaliatory Iranian actions against U.S. forces in the region.There is also likely to be backlash from Baghdad. The bombing killed Soleimani as well as Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, an important Shia paramilitary leader in Iraq ’s Popular Mobilization Units with close ties to Iran. (Note: Iran’s increased influence in Iraq is a direct consequence of the U.S. invasion in 2003 and the subsequent decisi...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 3, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: John Glaser Source Type: blogs

Bullet List
Too much going on for one post today.1. Sock puppet?We have a reader who is obsessed with his false conclusion that the commenter Don Quixote is actually my sock puppet. I ask you please to stop wasting your time and mine with this delusion. We do know each other, but we have seen each other once in the past 15 years or so. I live in Connecticut and he lives in the midwest, more than 1,000 miles away. Whatever I have to say, I am more than happy to say in my own name, and I do. BTW I am not known as Michael.2. Mad KingYour Intertubes are all aflutter with speculation and discussion about the neurodegenerative disease many ...
Source: Stayin' Alive - January 3, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Trump's Dangerous Escalation with Iran
Christopher A. PreblePresident Trump's decision to orderthe killing of Iranian General Qassim Suleimani threatens to draw the United States even more deeply into a region that has already claimed too much American blood and treasure.The international reaction was swift.Futures on global stock markets fell, and oil prices spiked, in anticipation of a wider conflict. In Iraq, where popular sentiment had once been building against Iranian influence in the country, that anger is now sure to be directed at the American presence, and thus constitutes a grave danger to Americans serving there  and throughout the region. Writ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - January 3, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Christopher A. Preble Source Type: blogs

Iranian Commander Soleimani Killed: RAND Experts React
The White House has confirmed that a U.S. airstrike authorized by President Trump killed Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani just outside the Baghdad airport in Iraq. We've rounded up how RAND researchers reacted to the news. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - January 3, 2020 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: blogs

A digression
But one I probably ought to take. The Clinton impeachment is irrelevant to the present situation, which concerns a completely different factual basis. It is even less relevant to the question of the current Resident's mental and moral condition and his fitness for office, which is what my previous post is about. In other words, it's an attempt to change the subject, a typical troll tactic.So I'll take the subject change right here. Regarding the exact nature of Mr. Clinton's misconduct, I believe that Paula Jones initiated the activity. I don't think Clinton demanded it of her and I don't think he promised her anything in ...
Source: Stayin' Alive - December 26, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

It's Not True That Impeachment Paralyzes Government (Unfortunately)
It ’s a “solemn” and “sad” affair, impeachment: there are so many reasonsto wear black. That ’s what the pols and pundits tell us, anyway. Tonight’s House vote will unleash a host of plagues: stoking partisan furies, rattling the markets, and— worst of all from this town’s perspective—distracting Congress and the president from doing“the people’s business.” We ’re in for a period of “squandered months during which official Washington is pulled apart,”U.S. News ’s Kenneth Walsh warned in late September: brace yourself for&l...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 18, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Iraq at the Crossroads
The protests gripping Iraq pose an extraordinary challenge to Baghdad's political leadership, which must move the country ahead or step aside. Unless it finds the will to compromise for the common good, the governing class could risk thrusting the country into civil war. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - December 18, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: Linda Robinson Source Type: blogs

The War in Afghanistan: Feeding Optimism on a Diet of Despair
John MuellerLast week theWashington Post ran a series on “The Afghanistan Papers” based on newly-released documents that detail military decision-making during the lengthy, and apparently endless, war in Afghanistan. Stressed is the disconnect found between the dismal realities on the ground that were well known to military leaders and their unrealist ic public optimism about progress in the war.The documents and the analysis by Craig Whitlock in thePost add a great deal to the discussion, but both the dismal realities and the disconnect were already pretty well known as John Glaser and I argued earlier this ye...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 16, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: John Mueller Source Type: blogs

All I Wanted for Christmas Was a National Defense Authorization Act
Brandon ValerianoWe finally have an NDAA! This is exciting news for many, mainly because operating under a Continuing Resolution  is detrimental to national defense, since it funds past priorities without updating our outlays in light of evolving events and challenges.The FY 2020NDAA includes some provisions that might excite us, such federal parental leave, more support for child care within the military, and a pay increase for the military to retain the best and increase social services. Other contributions are less than enthralling (a paragraph on firefighting foam?!?).AsChris Preble notes, one of the main failings...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 10, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Brandon Valeriano Source Type: blogs

NDAA 2020: Congress Neglects Its Responsibility Once Again
Christopher A. PrebleThere ’s much to hate in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY2020, which passed out of conference committee late yesterday evening (storyhere,summary in .pdf here). I suspect my colleagues will unpack or attack some of the details, but I ’m generally annoyed by the top line – $738 billion – at a time whenthe annual federal budget deficit surpasses $1 trillion. The utter failure of elected officials in both parties to come to grips with our fiscal catastrophe, and align our overly ambitious strategy with our obvious resource constraints is frustrating in the extre...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 10, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Christopher A. Preble Source Type: blogs

War, what is it good for?
Some of my 2 1/2 long-time followers know that I maintained the Today in Iraq and Afghanistan blog for many years. I've set it aside for a while, out of a general feeling of despair. But now I do want to say something about theWaPos's publication of the report of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. SIGAR reports frequently featured in Today in Iraq and Afghanistan.IG Sopko has been speaking truth to power for many years, mostly exposing the utter failure of development projects. But now he has done a comprehensive assessment of the goals and accomplishments of the United States'longest war. The an...
Source: Stayin' Alive - December 10, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan: “The American People Have Constantly Been Lied To.”
John GlaserTheWashington Post has obtained a huge cache of internal government documents containing hundreds of interviews with U.S. officials on the war in Afghanistan. The documents reveal a broadly shared official view that America ’s longest war has been a failure, essentially from the start. Over the years, official assessments of the war were consistently positive, optimistic, hopeful, and confident in the progress being made on the ground. But behind closed doors, official assessments were starkly different.Post reporter Craig Whitlock writes:Several of those interviewed described explicit and sustained effort...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 9, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: John Glaser Source Type: blogs

Big Government Conservatism Returns
John SamplesDonald Trump ran and won by opposing many traditional Republican candidates and ideas. However, for two years or more, his administration seemed a lot like a traditional Republican administration though its President behaved rather differently than other presidents of either party. Now intellectuals are coming forth with manifestos articulating Trump ’s revolution three years after the barricades were stormed. For example, we haveFor Real American Greatness, A Tech New Deal.Readers interested in policy will be disappointed, even frustrated with this manifesto. It has one concrete proposal – prohibit...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 6, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: John Samples Source Type: blogs

The Arab Spring in the Upside-Down
Where the original Arab Spring protests removed authoritarian leaders, the current demonstrators in Iraq and Lebanon are trying to topple popularly elected governments. This could have dramatic implications for the future of representative democracy in the Middle East. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - November 21, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: Jordan R. Reimer Source Type: blogs

Illegal Immigrants in Europe
Alex NowrastehPew Research Center recently released a wonderful newreport that estimates the illegal immigrant resident population in European Union and European Free Trade Association (EU-EFTA) countries. This is the first systematic report to estimate Europe ’s illegal immigrant population along the lines that Pew and others use to estimate the U.S. illegal immigrant population. Illegal immigrants are a much larger population in the United States than in Europe.Pew estimates that there are 3.9 million to 4.8 million illegal immigrants in EU-EFTA as of 2017. Those illegal immigrants come from countries outside of th...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - November 15, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh Source Type: blogs

Don't Overestimate the Power of Iraqi Protests
As protests in Iraq grow, a“good news” narrative seems to be developing that they are a significant blow to Iranian influence. But the bigger story is not who is up and who is down between Washington and Tehran; it is that yet another Arab public has taken to the streets demanding change. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - November 14, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: Jeffrey Martini; Ariane M. Tabatabai Source Type: blogs

Concerning the Killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and U.S. Counterterrorism Policy
Christopher A. PrebleUpon hearing the news that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed, I issued the following statement:Even President Donald Trump ’s harshest critics should welcome the news thatISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a raid in northwestern Syria Saturday evening. The operation, President Trump noted in his statement, reflects the bravery and professionalism of the men and women in the U.S. military, as well as U.S. intelligence agencies. President Trump also credited Russia, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and the Syrian Kurds for varying levels of support.With the passage of time, Baghdadi ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - October 27, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Christopher A. Preble Source Type: blogs

Trump ’s Needlessly Dangerous Saudi Arabia Deployment
Ted Galen CarpenterThe Trump administration has approved the deployment to Saudi Arabia of Air Force F-15s, new air defense systems, and other military hardware, along with U.S. troops to operate and maintain those weapons systems.These new measures the Pentagon announced on October 11 will bring the total U.S. troop deployment to the kingdom to 3,000 since a mid-September attack on Saudi oil facilities.Speaking to reporters after the announcement,Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said that it is now “clear that Iranians are responsible” for the attacks and warned that Washington has additional units “on al...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - October 14, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Ted Galen Carpenter Source Type: blogs

History Lesson
As I mentioned in my last post, I have been closely following events in Iraq since shortly after the U.S. invasion, as I first contributed to, then took ownership of the blog Today in Iraq. We have a reader who thought that changing the subject from the Residents recent abandonment of the Syrian Kurds to the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq at the end of 2011 would place the blame for the rise of Islamic State on Barack Obama.In fact the so-calledStatus of Force Agreement that required U.S. forces to leave Iraq by the end of 2011 was signed by President George W. Bush in 2008. The Obama administration attempted to negotiate a new...
Source: Stayin' Alive - October 11, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Podcast: Hiding Depression- Using Perfectionism to Hide Our Struggles
Are you always in control and always perfectly put together? Are you professionally successful, a great friend, and always showing a happy face to the world?  But what about on the inside? Is there something in the background or in the past that you don’t talk about?  Do you feel disconnected, like no one knows the “real” you? Deep down do you just know something is wrong? Well, you might have “perfectly hidden depression.” Today Gabe speaks with Dr. Margaret Rutherford who has done extensive work on the relationship between perfectionism and depression.  Dr. Rutherford tells u...
Source: World of Psychology - October 10, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: The Psych Central Podcast Tags: Brain and Behavior Depression General Happiness Interview LifeHelper Mental Health and Wellness Perfectionism Personality Podcast Psychiatry Psychology Research Self-Esteem Self-Help The Psych Central Show Trauma Source Type: blogs

Syria: Another Forever War Beckons
Ted Galen CarpenterAn explosion of criticism had erupted in Congress and the news media in response to President Trump ’s decision to withdraw a small contingent of U.S. troops stationed in northern Syria. Those forces served as a (mostly symbolic) barrier to Turkey’s ambitions to conduct a military offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces there. Ankara has nowinitiated that offensive.Republican hawks and Trump ’sautomatic adversaries among congressional Democrats are united in excoriating his decision. Much of the criticism has focused on the allegedbetrayal of Washington ’s Kurdish allies. Opponent...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - October 9, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Ted Galen Carpenter Source Type: blogs

Kurds Away
As my 2 1/2 long time readers know, for many years I maintained a blog called Today in Iraq and Afghanistan (originally Today in Iraq). During the height of U.S. involvement in Iraq we had thousands of visitors every day, and we were listed in the blogroll at Eschaton and other prominent sites. But Americans lost interest in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and even the fight against the Islamic State didn't garner much attention. I finally stopped blogging there a few months ago when the situation in both countries had turned into stagnation and the daily routine of generally low-level violence just didn't seem worth docu...
Source: Stayin' Alive - October 8, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

The Terrorist Threat Posed by Neglect and Indifference
Western countries have seemingly washed their hands when it comes to the aftermath of ISIS. By ignoring the threat and leaving it to the Iraqis and Syrian Kurds to deal with European citizens in detention camps, Western nations are helping the terrorists'ideology persist. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - September 23, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: Colin P. Clarke Source Type: blogs

Sunday Sermonette: Us and Them
As I have said many times, the chapter divisions were added by medieval scribes and often don't seem to make a lot of sense. Exodus 23 is obviously three different segments which may well come from entirely different original sources. It starts out ascribing moral principles which, in contrast to much of what we have seen so far, are largely consistent with what we think of as virtuous today. Then it prescribes some religious practices which include some of God's odd obsessions but whatever. Then it turns really, really ugly. (I've gone back to the New International Version for this one, it seems clearer in some places.) H...
Source: Stayin' Alive - September 22, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: blogs

Interventionists Evade Responsibility for Their Policy Disasters
Ted Galen CarpenterAs I point out in a newNational Interest Onlinearticle, a multi-sided struggle for power in Libya continues to fester more than eight years after the United States led an air war to help rebels oust longtime dictator Muammar Qaddafi.Libya joins Iraq and Syria as a classic example of the failed U.S. regime-change strategy.Fighting between Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar ’s so-called Libyan National Army (LNA) and the even more misnamed Government of National Accord (GNA) has intensified in and around the capital, Tripoli. The LNA boasted on September 11 that its forces had routed troops of the Sarraj m...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 20, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Ted Galen Carpenter Source Type: blogs

Southeast Asia Loves ISIS, but Is the Feeling Mutual?
As the ISIS core in Iraq and Syria attempts to rebuild, Baghdadi and his lieutenants will have to make difficult decisions about where to allocate resources. Now that the caliphate is gone and ISIS must transform into an insurgency, the largely untested lands of Southeast Asia may yield rich rewards. (Source: The RAND Blog)
Source: The RAND Blog - September 16, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: Zachary Abuza; Colin P. Clarke Source Type: blogs

Repeal Old AUMFs and Salt the Earth
For months now, the Trump administration has pursued a “maximum pressure” campaign that—by accident orby design—has brought the United States to the brink of war with Iran. The branch of government with the constitutional power to declare war ought to havethe final word here. Lately, however, Trump officials have hinted that Congress hasalready had its say —nearly 18 years ago, when it authorized war with Al Qaeda and the Taliban.  The 2001Authorization for the Use of Military Force,  passed three days after the September 11 attacks, targets the perpetrators of 9/11 and those wh...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 13, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Gene Healy Source Type: blogs

The Case against Afghanistan Withdrawal Is Weak
Even in these divisive times, political leaders in Washington are beginning to converge on at least one issue: it ’s time to end the longest war in American history and withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan. President Trump said in the Oval Office last month that “it ’s ridiculous” that we’re still there after almost two decades of stalemate and he reportedlywants to pull out by the 2020 election. His challengers on the Democratic sideseemtoagree.Although in 2017 Trump authorized a small surge of troops and left the military strategy essentially unchanged, his special envoy for Afghanistan Rec...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - August 13, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: John Glaser Source Type: blogs