Links – February17, 2016

This is the most important piece you can read today. Max Fisher tells the whole story of how the United States decided to invade Iraq in 2003 and how too many of the ideas behind that invasion still drive our foreign policy. And this is precisely why it is important: we must change that way of thinking.

There was a plan to cyberattack Iran if the nuclear negotiations didn’t work. There has also been some grousing that there needs to be a backup to the agreement, and Iran has an election coming up. That is why this has leaked now. Actually a pretty interesting article, although I’m not sure how much of it to believe. Nor, very likely, are the Iranians, which is part of the point.

More about the North Korean rocket launch and what it means.

This is kind of a strange article. It works through the contradictions of Russia’s stand on missile defense and related issues, but honey badger Vladimir Putin don’t care. The contradictions are worth thinking about, though.

Thoughts from Kadri Liik, one of my favorite Russia commentators, on Russia’s strategy in Syria.

There isn’t going to be a solution for Syria any time soon. Too many actors with enmities toward each other.

Speeches from this past weekend’s Munich Security Conference.

French slides on dismantling their nuclear weapons production and testing sites. Apparently they do not intend to produce any more fissile material for weapons. Top photo of Pierrelatte Defence Enrichment Plant from here.

Congress is shortchanging the Coast Guard in the Arctic.

The US government says that Cliven Bundy is a dangerous person. Strong stuff. The judge agrees; no bail for Bundy.

Long read: The conspiracy theorists who have taken over Poland.


One comment

  1. The Blog Fodder · February 18, 2016

    The article on Iraq is well done. Not much new to some people but as you say, a MUST read.
    Given Russia’s increasing aggression and continuing threats of nuclear first strike, anti-missile systems in Europe are about Russia, not Iran and should be called as such.
    I don’t necessarily agree with the article on Russia and Syria. I think Russia hopes to destroy the legitimate opposition to Assad with the (indirect) help of ISIS and dare anyone to do anything about it. A spin off is the refugee surge into EU and the discord it creates.
    My terrible fear in all of this is that Ukraine will be thrown under the bus (if they do not throw themselves under first).


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