• Rich Barlow

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    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 4 comments on MOOC Probes a War You’ve Never Heard Of

  1. One has to ask, was the Mid East and Northern Africa better with Gaddafi, Mubarak, and Saddam?

    These dictators were stabilizing figures the area. After we assisted the terrorists remove Gaddafi, Lybia, once the most advanced country in North Africa, has fallen into chaos. In October 2011, the black flag of Al-queada flew high over the courthouse in Benghazi and a year later the US Ambassador was killed there.

    No more visiting Egypt to see the Pyramids after Mubarak was removed from power.

    After toppling Saddam, and the US leaving Iraq, IN 6 MONTHS half of Iraq fallen to terrorists.

    The final “dictator” to remove is Assad, however, the US’s proxy-fighters have proved too weak to topple Assad and the Syrian Arab Army. I, for one am glad for this. Do we really want Syria to turn into another Iraq or Libya where extremists (terrorists) are in charge?

    If the US really wanted to win the war against ISIS, they would support Assad and Putin with their fight against these terrorists, not provide 500 million dollars to the Syrian rebels who have been linked to ISIS. I guarantee most of that 500 million just approved by congress, will end up in ISIS hands.

  2. A much needed and superb idea. I have been reading Bacevich and sharing his insights with others. The opportunity to attend his classes is much appreciated.

  3. I would suggest that the middle east will contiue to be a no win situation that be without end , There is no place for democracy and to believe otherwise will cost america and other western nations blood and money. At best, america can support those they believe will fight to protect their own interests.

  4. Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson at William&Mary, a veteran of the Bush Admins, might be expected to be in opposition to the historical vision offered by Professor Bacevich but, no, these experienced hands appear to have arrived at similar judgments on the long-term outcomes brought about by [my interp.] a string of shortsighted leaders.

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