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.
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.
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.