All Sorts of Things

Random posts on all sorts of things designed to inform and provoke.

Afghanistan: Exchange for Sgt Bergdahl Sets Up More Kidnappings

Over the past few decades, US foreign defense policy has lurched from one self-made disaster to another; the most recent example is the exchange of five Taliban commanders who had … Continue reading

June 1, 2014 · 1 Comment

Nigeria: Endgame for Boko Haram is Status Quo

Boko Haram (BH), the Nigerian militant group that has been on the radar of the world’s intelligence agencies for some time, dramatically increased it’s recently by kidnapping over 200 girls … Continue reading

May 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

Pakistan and Iran: Gas Pipeline Fallacy Continues

During last week’s meeting between Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Iranian President Hasan Rowhani, the two leaders trumpeted their efforts to restart the stalled Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline. Sharif stated … Continue reading

May 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Pakistan: “Dynamic” Officer Killed, Taliban Claim Responsibility, Citizens Continue to Suffer, Nothing Changes

Muhammad Aslam Khan, also known as Chaudhry Aslam, the Superintendent Police (SP) of Karachi Police’s Central Investigation Department (CID) was killed on January 9, 2014 in Karachi, Pakistan. While it’s … Continue reading

January 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

Egypt: Military’s Actions Supported or Ignored

Every day brings new reports of how a resurgent Egyptian government – staffed by the country’s armed forces – is stomping on those who it deems to be an undesirable … Continue reading

January 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Middle East: To Parent or Guide is the Question

A few days ago, I wrote a post recommending the United States use its ever decreasing influence in the Middle East to develop a coalition of regional powers to counter … Continue reading

January 5, 2014 · 4 Comments

Iraq: Yet Another Opportunity for Regional Cooperation in the Middle East

Over the past few days, the world has seen multiple reports on the advancements made by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Iraq’s infamous Anbar province. According … Continue reading

January 4, 2014 · 1 Comment