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How Geography Explains The United States

Just what the headline says. “The United States is the only great power in the history of the world that has had the luxury of having nonpredatory neighbors to its north and south, and fish to its east and west. Canadians, Mexicans, and fish. That trio of neighbors has given the United States an unprecedented degree of security, a huge margin for error in international affairs, and the luxury of largely unfettered development” (1,726 words)

The Politically Incorrect Guide To US Interests In The Middle East

Or what the US really cares about, to the point of using force, as opposed to what it merely says it cares about. It’s a curate’s egg of a piece, with plenty to argue over and dispute, but it’s engagingly written. Worth a read

Why Syria’s Rebels Can’t Have It All

“The reality is that Syria is in the middle of a complex internal struggle with a divided opposition. For the US to enter the fray as a quasi-combatant would make matters more complicated, not less. Remember the Pottery Barn rule?”

How Not To Host A Summit

Lessons from the 2000 Middle East peace talks at Camp David, by former American official who was there. US can’t force an agreement but it did make three key errors, explained here. (For another view, see http://is.gd/ev1sN0 )

The Second-Term Illusion

Do you think a second-term Obama presidency, freed from re-election concerns, will tackle Netanyahu and push for Middle East peace? Here’s why it won’t happen (and it’s not because of the Israel lobby)

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