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Erdogan Moves Against Syria’s Kurds

Reading Time: < 1 minute Following several days of intense artillery bombardment and air strikes, the Turkish army launched a ground invasion of the Syrian Kurdish canton of Afrin on Monday.WhoWhatWhy reported on the likelihood of such an operation last August. Many experts are now saying what we wrote months ago: that the Turkish operation tests American resolve to bring Read More

Ukraine Crisis Sends NATO Back to the Cold War

Reading Time: 7 minutes Thanks to Ukraine, NATO is back in a familiar Cold-War posture—warning against Russian belligerence and pushing for more defense spending to deter it. As the alliance’s leaders meet at a summit in Wales, plans under discussion to push NATO defenses closer to Russia could create the consequences they’re designed to avert.

Ukraine’s Disinformation Battle: Little Green Men, Hamsters and the Fog of War

Reading Time: 4 minutes Disinformation is thick over Ukraine now, providing a 21st Century version of the Cold War propaganda battle between Russia and the U.S. Here, we take a look at a cycle of obfuscation we’ve seen plenty of times before, and the risks it brings to the heart of Europe.

Oh Thank God—Finally, War With Syria

Reading Time: 6 minutes As we have been reporting over the past 18 months, the Obama Administration has had a very frustrating time inventing reasons to invade Syria or otherwise topple the independent-minded Assad regime. It seemed Bush-style “Curveball” inventions were out of vogue. But good news: they’re back, under a Democrat. And the real motivations—why, those are none of your business.

Connecting the dots on Syria: Fooling Enough of the People Enough of the Time…

Reading Time: 9 minutes Almost none of us are paying attention to the major war in the world today—and if we are, probably have no idea what it is really about. What does this say about our personal and societal progress?

How War Reporting in Syria Makes a Larger Conflict Inevitable

Reading Time: 5 minutes Heart-rending accounts of Syrians suffering at the hands of their government make powerful storytelling. But they hide the big-picture: a trumped-up opportunity for the West and its Arab allies to remove yet another “inconvenient” regime.

Is Israel Really Iran’s Main Adversary? The West Doth Protest Too Much

Reading Time: 9 minutes We’re being told that Israel is itching to take out the Iranian regime. But there are other players behind the scenes. And their warnings to Israel not to launch an attack on Tehran sound hollow.

WhoWhatWhy’s Libya Primer: The (Still) Untold Back Story to Qaddafi’s Demise

Reading Time: < 1 minute And so begins the deluge of “coverage” on the end of Muammar Qaddafi. But will you learn anything substantive about how and why he met his end? Don’t bet on it. However, at WhoWhatWhy, we’ve been providing fresh and unique reporting and analysis about Libya and the West’s murky role over there, from the beginning. If you haven’t been reading us, here’s your chance to catch up. And feel free to share with others.

The Libya Secret: How West Cooked Up “People’s Uprising”

Reading Time: 18 minutes Forget the “humanitarian crisis” that justified the NATO bombing that helped destroy Qaddafi’s regime. It was always about oil and other strategic issues. And the rebels were a wholly owned subsidiary of West, Inc. Here’s the evidence.

Kerry and McCain Unite Behind the Mysteriously Urgent Libya Mission

Reading Time: 3 minutes The desperate effort to depose Qaddafi has some new, credible supporters. John Kerry and John McCain give the curious Libyan mission-creep some added muscle. But like the administration, they don’t want to tell us the real reason this is so important.

Getting Granular With Afghanistan: Deadly Mistakes Ignored

Reading Time: 3 minutes With all the talk about what to do with Afghanistan now that Osama is no more, this article from UK’s The Independent deserves more attention: Amid growing calls for US Special Operations Forces to take the lead in Afghanistan after the successful strike against Osama bin Laden, a new report has warned that systemic failures Read More