Trump is about to lose his first war. Will he admit it?

The Trump administration is on the verge of losing its first war. Will we admit it? America’s war in Yemen began during the waning years of the Obama administration as a sop to Saudi Arabia, to soften the blow of our nuclear deal with Iran, and to reassure them we were neither abandoning the region nor switching to Tehran’s side in their rivalry with Riyadh. While it wasn’t clear whether Iranian support was a particularly important factor in the Houthi rebels’ initial success, the Saudis feared any Shia foothold to their south, and the United States was keen to assuage those fears even at the risk of being sucked into… Read More

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Modi’s devastating distraction in Kashmir

India has been described as an enigma, wrapped in a riddle, shrouded in mystery. But Thursday, on the 73rd anniversary of its independence from British rule, it also became a monumental irony: Even as Indians celebrated the overthrow of colonial rule, the Indian army had turned the Himalayan state of Jammu and Kashmir into an open air prison, where seven million residents were being held under curfew and banned from calling, tweeting, publishing — much less protesting. Their state legislature had been disbanded, their leaders were under house arrest, and the constitutional provisions granting them a measure of autonomy from New Delhi was suspended. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who… Read More

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