Some of the more helpful reading I’ve found on ISIS and related matters.
An anonymous former official of a NATO country on ISIS. (August 2015)
Image from LesCartons.
I’ll add more as I find them.
If you are on Twitter, Iyad El-Baghdadi is very informative.
Kevin Drum wins the Internet with the most sense in the fewest words.
How sensationalist news stories make Americans more hawkish. (from October 2014)
Good advice from Stephen Walt on how to proceed. #2: Accept that 100% security is not possible!
The strategic value of threat deflation. (2014) Which is what President Obama seems to be doing. Would be nice if the media and the Republican candidates would think about this.
Obama calls out the “toughness” BS. I am writing something about this, but now have to rewrite some to include the Paris attacks.
Added November 17, 2015
ISIS has been losing territory. More air attacks, like from Russia today, may push them back still more.
Could attacks like those in Paris happen in the US? “Could” covers a lot of possibilities, so the answer has to be “yes,” but it’s much less likely.