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Guest editorial: No easy solution for Iraq but more boots on the ground is not the anwer

Posted on June 10, 2015 |
By Haviland Smith



Much of northwestern Iraq is now under ISIS control. Shia Iraq is losing its war with Sunni ISIS. Hawkish American conservatives and neocons demand that we re-invade that country and solve its problems. Others less bellicose tell us that we must increase our military presence there to the tune of about 1,000 troops, concentrating on advising the Iraqis on how to beat ISIS. Moderates generally are not eager to see any U.S. military involvement in the region, preferring to let the antagonists work out their own problems.

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Guest editorial: Over our heads in Syria?

Posted on April 2, 2015 |
By Haviland Smith



Before we adopt a new Syria policy, a quick review might be helpful in better understanding the endless confusion that rules over the situation in that region today.

Sunni Arabs, Kurds and Turks make up about 72 percent of the Syrian population; Shia, 13 percent; and Christians about 10 percent. The Syrian government, its military and economy under Bashar Al Assad are dominated by the Alawites (Shia). Minority Alawites and their allies run everything important in Syria.

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Community Forum: New policy needed to fight ISIS

Posted on September 8, 2014 |
By Haviland Smith



This week’s writer is Haviland Smith of Williston, a retired CIA station chief who served in East and West Europe and the Middle East, and as chief of the counterterrorism staff.

With its meteoric military rise, its leadership, management and financing, the newest terrorist scourge facing the world is ISIS. Operating in what is clearly a political vacuum in northeast Syria and western Iraq and benefitting from the studied indifference of most of the Muslim world, ISIS is clearly on a roll.

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Guest editorial: White House amateur hour

Posted on November 7, 2013 |
By Haviland Smith



It’s hard to believe that anyone save the most rabid Republicans could have watched the goings on in the White House over the past few weeks and not be horribly disappointed in what has been revealed.

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Community Forum: Middle East policy missteps abound

Posted on May 13, 2013 |
By Haviland Smith



More than two years have passed since a Tunisian man immolated himself and launched what became known as the Arab Spring. While the changes set in motion by the various uprisings in the Arab world remain works in progress, it might still be revealing to examine the role played by U.S. involvement and foreign policy in shaping events.

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Guest editorial: Egypt on the cusp of change

Posted on January 17, 2013 |
By Haviland Smith



This week’s writer is Haviland Smith, a retired CIA station chief who served in eastern and western Europe, the Middle East and as chief of the counterterrorism staff. He lives in Williston.

Egypt on cusp of change

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Community Forum: There are limits to the Middle East's potential

Posted on December 24, 2012 |
By Haviland Smith



 

This week’s writer is Haviland Smith, a retired CIA station chief who served in Prague, Berlin, Beirut and Tehran and as chief of the counterterrorism staff. He lives in Williston.

Middle East: Cauldron of conflict

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Guest Editorial: Why Gaza? Why now?

Posted on November 29, 2012 |
By Haviland Smith



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Sometimes it’s almost impossible to figure out precisely why Israel involves herself in activities that appear not to be in her national interest. This time, that activity is Israel’s perpetual battle with Gaza and Palestine.

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Guest editorial: Middle East fuse is short

Posted on October 15, 2012 |
By Haviland Smith



Normally, an armed attack on an American diplomatic installation abroad and the death of four American officials in that attack would evoke unanimity in our domestic political structure. This time in Libya it has not.

But, wait, it’s election time, and anything that either party can do between now and the November elections to humiliate or undermine the opposition is fair game for the politicos.

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