Review: Redeployment

This “hilarious, biting, whipsawing and sad” collection of stories about America’s war in Iraq, by Phil Klay, a former Marine, captures “the myriad human manifestations that result from the collision of young, heavily armed Americans with a fractured and deeply foreign country that very few of them even remotely understand”. Redeployment is “the best thing written so far on what the war did to people’s souls” (Metered paywall) (1,360 words)

The Thin Red Line

Meticulous account of Obama’s dilemma, to intervene or not, in Syria. The moral arguments are on one side, the political ones on the other. “He is worried that arming the rebels will have unintended consequences: a genocide against the Alawites; weapons falling into the hands of Islamist extremists, as happened when the U.S. armed Afghan jihadis in the nineteen-eighties; or a rapid political collapse that demolishes the state’s institutions” (8,589 words)

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