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Turkey Should Play No Part in Liberating Mosul

October 20, 2016  •  Newsweek

In December 2001, US forces had Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden cornered in Tora Bora, a rugged cave complex in eastern Afghanistan not far from the Pakistani border. Rather than tighten the noose with US forces, however, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld put Afghan tribal forces first. Despite what their leaders told US forces, they had their own agenda and allowed Bin Laden to escape. It would be nearly another decade, a couple thousand casualties, and tens of billions of dollars, before US forces finally caught up with Bin Laden.

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Would a bankrupt Saudi Arabia be good for America?

October 7, 2016  •  Newsweek

If Saudi Arabia had no oil, the world would be a very different place. Bernard Lewis, the famous emeritus professor of Islamic history at Princeton University, famously analogized the influence of Saudi oil wealth on Islam by saying:

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Whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump wins, the next President needs to take meaningful action in Syria crisis

October 1, 2016  •  New York Daily News

As presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump debated last week, Syria was a sideshow. Clinton mentioned the country in passing; Trump ignored it altogether.

While they sparred over responsibility for the Islamic State, neither candidate mentioned Aleppo, a city of 2 million people reduced to rubble and under siege. At least — unlike Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson — they knew what Aleppo was. President Obama hotly rebuffs those who say his hesitancy to enforce redlines or support a no-fly zone made the Syria conflict worse.

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Did the Defense Department Lie About Closing Lajes?

September 22, 2016  •  Newsweek

The Pentagon continues to reduce forces at Lajes Field in the Azores, a strategic archipelago in the mid-Atlantic. A year ago, the base was already a ghost town. After US taxpayers had spent millions of dollars on housing, schools, and other critical infrastructure, most laid vacant. Dinner at the base restaurant was like a scene from "The Shining."

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Will Erdogan Airbrush Atatürk From Turkish Life?

August 19, 2016  •  Newsweek

The Anıtkabir, the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, is a monumental structure that sits amidst parkland on a hill overlooking central Ankara, Turkey's capital. School children, conscripts, professional societies and groups of tourists pay homage to Turkey's secularist leader, watch the changing of the guard, and tour its grounds, parks, and exhibits.

Along with the room where Atatürk passed away in Istanbul's Dolmabahçe Palace, it is the most prominent memorial to Atatürk in modern Turkey. This is something that likely chafes at Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey's dictatorial president, every single day.

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