Quantcast

In Depth: Middle East

17 Jul 2008

The Truth about March 14

Michael J. Totten's blog The “March 14” movement is a political vehicle for Lebanon’s liberals, democrats, free-market capitalists, human rights activists, and those who want an exit from the seemingly endless war with the “Zionist entity.” ...

16 Jul 2008

Is the War Over?

Michael J. Totten's blog (Note: I wrote “a brief post”:http://www.michaeltotten.com/archives/2008/07/the-iraq-war-is.php on this topic a few days ago. This is an excerpt from a longer piece for COMMENTARY.) Independent reporter Michael Yon has spent ...

13 Jul 2008

The Iraq War is Over?

Michael J. Totten's blog Michael Yon infuriated a whole swath of his audience some years ago when he said Iraq was in a state of civil war. Only the most committed anti-war leftists wanted to hear it. Vice President Dick Cheney famously and foolishly ...

9 Jul 2008

You Can’t Please Everybody

Michael J. Totten's blog And it’s disastrous to even try. Make of “this”:http://www.tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=9ae5fcc1-9f89-4a44-8ed9-f6deecb24884 what you will: Most Arabs only know Barack Obama’s name and skin color, so, unsurprisingly, they ...

6 Jul 2008

Back to Iraq this Summer

Michael J. Totten's blog I swore I wouldn’t go back to Iraq during the summer. But I’m never able to keep promises like this to myself, so I’m sucking it up and I’m going. I am not going yet. The trip will be closer to the end of the summer than to ...

1 Jul 2008

Aftermath of a Bombing

Michael J. Totten's blog Earlier this year “I visited the Iraqi city of Karmah”:http://www.michaeltotten.com/archives/2008/03/the-liberation.php (also spelled Garma), a small city wedged between Fallujah and Baghdad. It was winter, and a time of ...

27 Jun 2008

The Iraqification of Lebanon

Michael J. Totten's blog Hezbollah is alarming its Lebanese opponents by expanding its territory through the purchase of property outside Shia areas in Lebanon. Former civil war-era President Amin Gemayel went on television Thursday and said what ...

24 Jun 2008

No Peace in Lebanon

Michael J. Totten's blog You aren’t hearing about it in the Western media, but the truce agreement reached last month in Doha, Qatar, between the Lebanese government and the Hezbollah-led opposition is no more operative than “the ceasefire between ...

18 Jun 2008

Don’t Miss the Zohan

Michael J. Totten's blog If you’ve seen “the trailer for Adam Sandler’s new movie”:http://www.apple.com/trailers/sony_pictures/youdontmesswiththezohan/trailer1/ You Don’t Mess with the Zohan , it may be tempting to write it off as yet another low ...

17 Jun 2008

The Olmert Show

Michael J. Totten's blog Don’t miss my friend and colleague Noah Pollak’s latest at COMMENTARY magazine. I haven’t studied Israeli history closely enough to decide whether or not Ehud Olmert is the worst prime minister in that country’s history, but ...

16 Jun 2008

No More Gazas

Michael J. Totten's blog Robert Dujarric and Andy Zelleke “challenge Senator John McCain”:http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0617/p09s02-coop.html in the Christian Science Monitor. They ask three important questions that everyone in the United States ...

6 Jun 2008

Assad in the Driver’s Seat

Michael J. Totten's blog I don’t know what is going to happen in Lebanon in the short or medium term, but whatever it is, it isn’t likely to be good. Michael Young’s latest column in Beirut’s Daily Star is a sobering read. It’s impossible to ...

1 Jun 2008

Dear Mr. President ...

You will no doubt have been advised against adopting any view that seems or seeks to attribute all events to one single cause. But it is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the absolutely central and consistent role played, in so many of our difficulties, by the People’s Republic of China ...

Balancing Act: The Other Wilsonianism

In the wake of the Bush administration, what lies in store for the future of America's presence abroad?

Letter from the Editor: Summer 2008

L iberals seem confused. The hand-wringing about Burma, the faux moral posturing about Darfur (coupled with the insistence that we leave Iraqis to their fates), George Clooney’s pleas on behalf of the subjugated—the stirring together of all of these ...

30 May 2008

Hezbollah’s Downfall?

Michael J. Totten's blog Beirut’s David Kenner thinks Hezbollah’s latest move “will ulimately lead to its downfall”:http://www.tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=0167bb3d-56de-4354-89f7-bc885f0e7f00. I think he’s right, which is what I was getting at ...

27 May 2008

Home Again

Michael J. Totten's blog By Michael J. Totten I’ve returned home with quite a lot of fresh material, mainly from Kosovo, but also from Serbia, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Albania. I spoke to religious leaders, American soldiers, ...

22 May 2008

Hezbollah’s Victory

Michael J. Totten's blog by Michael J. Totten Lebanon’s “March 14” majority coalition in parliament managed to hammer out a temporary agreement with the Hezbollah-led opposition in Doha, Qatar, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to raise a toast to the ...

20 May 2008

Writing While Traveling

Michael J. Totten's blog by Michael J. Totten I find it difficult to write the long dispatches you’re accustomed to reading while traveling. It takes the better part of a week for me to transcribe the interviews on my voice recorder and the ...

16 May 2008

Lebanon’s Future

Michael J. Totten's blog by Michael J. Totten Lebanon will not become the next Gaza. Commenters both inside and outside the country compared Hezbollah’s invasion of West Beirut last week to the Hamas takeover of Gaza last year, which is perhaps ...

15 May 2008

The Real Iraq

Michael J. Totten's blog by Michael J. Totten Moment of Truth in Iraq , by Michael Yon (Richard Vigilante Books, 227 pp., $29.95) Iraq is where ideologies go to die. Arab nationalism, Baathism, anti-Americanism, al-Qaidism, Donald Rumsfeldism, and ...

14 May 2008

Hezbollah’s Delusion and the Shia’s Dire Straits

Michael J. Totten's blog _By Tony Badran (cross posted at “Across the Bay”:http://beirut2bayside.blogspot.com/2008/05/hezbollahs-delusion-and-shias-dire.html)_ Two excellent items in NOW Lebanon: One, a superb piece by Michael Young on the ...

13 May 2008

Hezbollah’s Third Botched Coup Attempt

Michael J. Totten's blog _By Tony Badran (cross-posted at “Across the Bay”:http://beirut2bayside.blogspot.com/2008/05/hezbollahs-third-botched-coup-attempt.html)_ In three years, since the murder of former PM Rafik Hariri, Hezbollah has attempted ...

11 May 2008

Jumblatt’s Men Set Back Iran’s Militia in Lebanon

Michael J. Totten's blog _By Lee Smith_ Our friend and colleague in Lebanon Elie Fawaz writes in to remind us that The War for Lebanon has not even begun yet in earnest and Hezbollah’s “victory” in Beirut is not all it seems: “So, we know that ...

10 May 2008

The Tea Boy

Michael J. Totten's blog _By Lee Smith_ The other day the Obama campaign “distanced”:http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/us_elections/article3897414.ece#cid=OTC-RSS&attr=2015164 itself from Robert Malley for his dealings ...

9 May 2008

Lebanon’s Third Civil War

Michael J. Totten's blog by Michael J. Totten The third civil war has begun in Lebanon. The first war was a short one. Sunni Arab Nationalists in thrall to Egyptian dictator Gamal Abdel Nasser wanted to attach Lebanon to the United Arab Republic — a ...

8 May 2008

Terrific Lebanon Coverage

Michael J. Totten's blog by Michael J. Totten Lebanon always seems to explode when I’m somewhere else and can’t get there. It is impossible to predict when it will happen, and the airport is always the first casualty. So I can’t report first-hand. No ...

7 May 2008

The Military Situation in Beirut

Michael J. Totten's blog _By Tony Badran (cross-posted at “Across the Bay”:http://beirut2bayside.blogspot.com/2008/05/military-situation-in-beirut.html)_ Fighting in Beirut has broken out between Hezbollah/Amal and Future Movement supporters. Here’s ...

Brief Dispatches from the New Lebanon War

Michael J. Totten's blog by Michael J. Totten Is there actually a new war in Lebanon? Maybe. That’s what it looks like if you “read the brief dispatches on my friend Charles Malik’s blog”:http://lebop.blogspot.com/. He is in Beirut now and hearing ...

Hezbollah’s Endgame?

Michael J. Totten's blog _By Lee Smith_ Elie Fawaz, a friend and colleague with the Lebanese Renaissance Foundation in Beirut, provides on-the-ground analysis on the developing situation in Lebanon: “Beirut witnessed another round of sectarian ...

Hezbollah’s Endgame? Pt. 2

Michael J. Totten's blog _by Lee Smith_ David Wurmser, formerly Vice President Cheney’s Middle East adviser, writes in to comment on Iran’s role in the Beirut crisis. “Iran has suffered some pretty serious defeats in Iraq, foremost is that the ...

4 May 2008

More From the Less-Scary Muslims File

Michael J. Totten's blog _By Lee Smith_ After the Hamas-loving “Bensonhurst imam”:http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/05/nyregion/05imam.html?_r=1&oref=slogin, “Tariq Ramadan”:http://docs.google.com/View?docid=ah6sxjndq9qq_315dwk7qn, and “feel-good ...

1 May 2008

The Syrian Track: Much ado about Nothing

Michael J. Totten's blog _By Tony Badran (cross-posted at “Across the Bay”:http://beirut2bayside.blogspot.com/2008/05/much-ado-about-nothing.html)_ Jonathan Spyer has penned what is by far the most sober analysis of the current soap opera involving ...

26 Apr 2008

Welcome Tony Badran and Lee Smith

Michael J. Totten's blog While I am traveling (see the post below this one) and have unreliable Internet access, Tony Badran and Lee Smith will be lending a hand here as guest bloggers. You probably know Tony from his indispensible blog Across the ...

23 Apr 2008

To the Middle East of Europe

Michael J. Totten's blog “Once upon a time, in a faraway part of Europe, behind seven mountains and seven rivers, there was a beautiful country called Yugoslavia.” From They Would Never Hurt a Fly by Slavenka Drakulić. I’m out of Iraq material, and ...

21 Apr 2008

The Case of Bilal Hussein

Michael J. Totten's blog Last week, Associated Press photographer (and alleged insurgent collaborator) Bilal Hussein “was released from custody”:http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8VUGK500&show_article=1 after an Iraqi tribunal decided his ...

11 Apr 2008

Make Michael Yon a Bestseller

Michael J. Totten's blog Michael Yon’s new book Moment of Truth in Iraq is now shipping from Amazon. My copy arrived a few days ago and it looks excellent. I’ll let you know what I think once I dig into it. Michael is the best foreign correspondent ...

28 Mar 2008

Reviewed in the NYT: Mirror of the Arab World

Michael J. Totten's blog The New York Times asked me to review Sandra Mackey’s new book Mirror of the Arab World: Lebanon in Conflict for the “Sunday Book Review”:http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/30/books/review/Totten-t.html?_r=2&oref=slogin& ...

25 Mar 2008

Freedom Fighter Called “Terrorist” by INS

Michael J. Totten's blog Karen DeYoung “published a story”:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/22/AR2008032202228_pf.html in the Washington Post that ought to embarrass anyone making decisions about who deserves permanent ...

24 Mar 2008

The Dungeon of Fallujah — Upgraded

Michael J. Totten's blog Last month I published a piece here called “The Dungeon of Fallujah”:http://www.michaeltotten.com/archives/2008/02/the-dungeon-of.php about my visit to the wretched jail in the city. As it turns out, the place was worse than ...

23 Mar 2008

The Liberation of Karmah, Part I

Michael J. Totten's blog KARMAH, IRAQ — Just beyond the outskirts of Fallujah lies the terror-wracked city of Karmah. While you may not have heard of this small city of 35,000 people, American soldiers and Marines who served in Anbar Province know it ...

19 Mar 2008

The Israel of the Balkans

Michael J. Totten's blog “All we want is to reduce the Albanian population to a manageable level.” — Zoran Andjelkovic, former Serbian governor of Kosovo Genocide is the “intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or ...

18 Mar 2008

What Iraqis Want You to Hear

Michael J. Totten's blog Two days ago ABC News released “a new poll of Iraqi public opinion”:http://www.abcnews.go.com/images/PollingUnit/1060a1IraqWhereThingsStand.pdf, and John Burns at the New York Times made “a very perceptive observation”:http:/ ...

16 Mar 2008

Iraq Opinion Lag Narrows

Michael J. Totten's blog I’m working on a long two-part essay called The Liberation of Karmah for this site and a shorter piece for Commentary about Kosovo. I’m behind schedule, though, so I’ll leave you with some data to chew on for now. Last summer ...

12 Mar 2008

Handshakes with the Enemy

Michael J. Totten's blog Abe [Greenwald] “already blogged about this”:http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/greenwald/2926, but I wanted to follow up on Diana West’s “fretting”:http://www.washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID= ...

5 Mar 2008

Hezbollah’s Media Relations

Michael J. Totten's blog Michael Young has “a terrific article”:http://www.reason.com/news/show/125203.html in Reason magazine about the collateral damage (as he put it) in think tanks, academia, and the media after the assassination of Hezbollah ...

Pages