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#1 Comment By ephalum On December 29, 2015 @ 9:25 am

Good one. Kind of like “I want to lower taxes without cutting government revenue”!

#2 Comment By dcat On December 29, 2015 @ 12:08 pm

I want a policy that contains Communism without engaging in hot war.

Oh, wait. We pursued that one for nearly half a century. Maybe some policy questions deserve more than 140 characters to discuss.

In fact, Drezner’s “argument” becomes stupider and stupider once you parse it out — is he thus arguing that the only way to defeat ISIS IS perpetual warfare in the Middle East? That’s the only implication. It seems perfectly reasonable to want to accomplish foreign policy goals without “perpetual warfare.” Yet Drezner seems to think the opposite. It’s Drezner (and by extension David, but that’s pretty much to be assumed) who’s thinking shallowly here, not Sanders.

#3 Comment By Mr. Calabash On December 29, 2015 @ 3:18 pm

Meanwhile, ISIS has lost 40 percent of its territory in Iraq, more than 25 percent overall. Falujah and Mosul, their supply lines cut off by the fall of Ramadi, will be next.

This time it’s more likely to stick because it’s local forces not US big brother.

#4 Comment By anon On December 30, 2015 @ 4:30 pm

Mr. Calabash-

Much more complicated than that. The entry of Russia into war, support for Assad, Iranian support for Shia elements, US special ops conducting coordinated air in the battle space in support of ISOF- massive increase in western sorties from NATO powers.

Its a shifting battlefield. Always has been. A lot of pressure on the Islamic State right now- but as a strategic victory for United States interests in the region, or even a sign of the Islamic States’ deterioration- far from certain. There are IS elements on the rise throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Iraq was stable for several years until US forces left. Far from that now. But again, it is much more complex than that.

#5 Comment By anon On December 30, 2015 @ 4:33 pm

This will be what- the third or fourth time that the IA has had to take back Ramadi? Just saying…

#6 Comment By anon On December 30, 2015 @ 4:51 pm


Joint US and Iraqi forces during the surge, Fighting “AL Q Iraq” in Ramadi.

First battle was 2004 time frame. There was another around 2006… then 2008.

Just saying…

#7 Comment By have communist friends On December 30, 2015 @ 5:58 pm

dcat, I don’t think its the best analogy, since communism is self-defeating. Not sure the same can be said of ISIS…

#8 Comment By dcat On December 31, 2015 @ 12:24 pm

To say that Communism is self-defeating seems pretty ahistorical.