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Bogus foreign-policy debates: How we're helping our enemies fool us

August 4, 2016  •  New York Post

World news has become complicated lately.

Or has it? Consider these headlines:

Abu Mohammed al-Julani, the leader of the Syrian al Qaeda affiliate group known as Jabhat al-Nusra, announced last week that his organization will henceforth be known as Jabhat Fath Al-Sham, and it will splinter from the al Qaeda constellation of terrorist organizations.

Don't be fooled. This isn't an acrimonious divorce; it's a gentlemen's agreement about how to put the best possible face on jihadist violence in Syria's chaotic civil war.

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The Fight Against ISIS Will Suffer Because of Turkey's Coup

July 19, 2016  •  New York Times

The failed coup in Turkey will set back global efforts to combat the Islamic State.

For one, trust between Ankara and Washington is at an all-time low. A Turkish minister charged on TV that the United States was behind the attempted coup. The State Department fired back, stating that, "claims about any role by the United States in the failed coup attempt are utterly false and harmful to our bilateral relations."

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Turkey's Strongman Will Exploit The Failed Coup

July 18, 2016  •  Huffington Post

Turkey may have thwarted a military coup d'etat on Friday night, but the result will almost certainly be the precipitous decline of Turkey's democracy, nevertheless.

As of this writing, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has already taken 6,000people in to custody. This includes the arrests of more than 3,000 members of the military, 2,745 judges, 198 high court judges, and two of the 17 judges on the Constitutional Court. And that's just within the first 24 hours.

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Why Boeing shouldn't do business with Iran

July 12, 2016  •  MarketWatch

A little more than a year ago, it would have been unthinkable for major U.S. corporations to do business with the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism. Yet, here we are. With the signing of last year's Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal, businesses are lining up to work with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Aircraft juggernaut Boeing BA, +0.02% now poised to sell planes to the Islamic Republic. More are sure to follow.

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Airport attack should have come as no surprise to Turkey

June 30, 2016  •  New York Post

The attack on Istanbul's airport was horrific. It was also steeped in irony. Istanbul's airport is the overwhelming destination of choice for aspiring jihadists around the world who wish to join the Islamic State.

Once they land in Istanbul, these wannabe fighters head east and then cross the porous border into Syria. Until recently, the Turkish government turned a blind eye to the problem. In other words, the Ataturk Airport attack was blowback.

Admittedly, the Turks have done a better job recently. But the problem remains.

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