Regions / Syria
More troops will mean "more violence for Iraqis and Syrians" and will not "make us any safer here at home."
"This was a report looking back at examples where arming rebel troops worked — and the best [the CIA] could come up with was Afghanistan in the 1980s," says Phyllis Bennis.
Phyllis Bennis addresses the Westchester Peace Action Coalition on crises such as Ebola, ISIS, and renewed wars in the Middle East.
Obama has been right — in rhetoric — about one thing: there is no military solution to defeating the Islamic State.
The Obama administration’s war plans in Iraq and Syria are illegal, ill-conceived, and destined to fail. Here's what the U.S.—and you—can do instead.
Obama is more than willing to stand up against the Islamic State. Too bad he wasn't willing to stand up to his hawkish critics.
The U.S. could turn to aid, arms embargo, and engaging foes.
Not taking military action isn’t the same thing as doing nothing.
Weakening ISIS requires eroding the support it relies on from tribal leaders, military figures, and ordinary Iraqi Sunnis. Here's how to do it without bombs.
We need a renewed effort to bring about peace in the region.