Author Archives: Bradley Bowman & Cameron McMillan

Bradley Bowman serves as the senior director of the Center on Military and Political Power at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, where Cameron McMillan conducts research on the U.S. military and the Middle East.

Analysis: The consequences of US weakness in Iraq and Syria

Tehran is threatening new attacks in the Middle East after the April 1 Israeli airstrike in Damascus that killed the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander responsible for smuggling weapons to Lebanon. Analysis of Iranian-backed attacks and U.S. responses in recent months makes clear that a U.S. failure to hit back hard will simply invite more Iranian attacks and risk more American casualties.