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William Pfaff

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  • The objective of destroying ISIS

    Last Sunday, President Barack Obama's National Security Advisor Susan Rice was questioned on NBC about the American administration's war strategy concerning the Islamic State in Syria, the aggressive and messianic self-proclaimed New Islamic Caliphate....
  • The war against ISIS

    The decision of President Barack Obama to wage air war against ISIS, while leading an as yet nebulous -- militarily speaking -- new coalition of Arab and other ground forces, against what claims to be the New Islamic Caliphate still is swimming in a sea...
  • The Mideast horrors grow

    The Mideast horrors grow. Latest are the Syrian Kurds in unthought-of numbers, in flight to Turkey, where there already are more than a million refugees from Syria. As if the region were not already thick with refugees from the terrorism practiced by...
  • China and its challenges

    China may be said to confront four current categories of challenge. The first is easiest and comes from the island entities and states in southern Chinese waters who challenge China's claim to complete sovereignty in the region, comparing its rivals there...
  • This affair is about to be over

    Nearly every intelligent witness to the nearly seven decades of Israel's alliance with the United States and Western Europe now understands that the affair is about to be over. In 1948 and the years that immediately followed, the alliance was the...
  • President Obama, choose your words carefully

    President Barack Obama, in the interview given last weekend to The New York Times' Thomas Friedman, provided illumination on his foreign policy thinking, at this moment of fraught drama in both Iraq and Ukraine, but the counsels concerning the two didn'...
  • A war is not inconceivable

    I find it very disquieting that so few among the West European and American commentators on the Ukraine crisis, private or public, seem concerned that the United States has started this affair, and that it is not inconceivable that it may end in a war....
  • A hollow laugh

    A hollow laugh might be permitted at the alliance now announced as the result of Secretary of State John Kerry's latest journey through the Middle East, this time to construct an alliance to counterattack the latest Arab menace to America, ISIS....
  • President Poroshenko and Ukraine

    It seems evident that Barack Obama today still does not understand how much he owes to President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine. If he did, and if the cease-fire and negotiation terms Mr. Poroshenko has signed with the country's pro-Russian insurgents in the...
  • Shades of France

    Shades of France's notorious Third Republic! The latest French government has been summarily dismissed after only six painful months. It was certainly time for a change. President Fran├žois Hollande's poll ratings have plumbed new depths at 17 percent,...
  • Mr. Kagan and the ruin of ideas

    The neo-conservative commentator, Robert Kagan, co-founder in 1997 of the Project for a New American Century, and after that institution crashed amidst the ruins of Iraq, founder of its 2009 successor, the Foreign Policy Initiative, is continuing his...