The U.S. obsession with Afghanistan, an on-again, off-again affair for 30 years, has entered a new phase in which the U.S. and allied militaries are directly carrying the war-fighting burden for the first time. Given the time frame grand strategy imposes, and given the capabilities of the Taliban, it is difficult to see how this strategy will work out, however.
Recent Israeli actions with regard to the Gaza blockade have generated shifts in public opinion and diplomacy regionally and globally. The Israelis are calculating that these actions will not generate a long-term shift in the strategic posture of the Arab world.
The Israelis have given the organizers of a flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza exactly what they hoped for: an incident that can be portrayed as an atrocity. This will have profound geopolitical implications for Israel.