Obama’s Foreign Fiasco

by Daniel Pipes The Washington Times August 21, 2013 It’s a privilege to be an American who works on foreign policy, as I have done since the late 1970s, participating in a small way in the grand project of finding my country’s place in the world. But now, under Barack Obama, decisions made in Washington […]

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Syrian Chemical Attack Kills Hundreds

August 21, 2013 17:39 by Pesach Benson According to press reports, hundreds of Syrians were killed in a chemical attack near Damascus. Jeffrey Goldberg hit the nail on the head: Two questions are raised by reports of this attack. The first, of course, is whether or not it happened the way Syrian rebels said it […]

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Five Thoughts on the Egypt Crisis

August 21, 2013 16:13 by Simon Plosker Compared to many parts of the Middle East, Israel is a veritable island of calm. With ongoing peace talks taking place in a media blackout, there has been relatively little to report for once. Which is just as well because most journalists’ attentions are now trained on Cairo […]

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Israel Defending Eyptian Govt?

August 19, 2013 16:32 by Pesach Benson Israel’s lobbying Washington and Europe to support the Egyptian government. The Jerusalem Post and NY Times explains the effort, as well as Israel’s conundrum in a situation where no matter what you do, you have to hold your nose. The latter explains: With the European Union planning an […]

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Mideast Gas a Chance for USA to Break with Turkey

The natural gas fields in the Mediterranean provide the United States with an opportunity to break with Turkey, according to Seth Cropsey, formerly the deputy undersecretary of the Navy in the Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations. “Politics and alliances in the eastern Mediterranean are shifting, and the region’s security framework is splintering,” Cropsey […]

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Musharraf Indictment Puts Pakistan Military on Defensive

Pervez Musharraf. (Photo: AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom) Today’s indictment of former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf for conspiracy to murder former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto demonstrates that the Pakistani judiciary is increasingly willing to challenge the authority of the powerful Pakistani Army. While it is in the U.S. interest that Pakistan’s democratic institutions are strengthened and that […]

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Kerry Admits: ‘Many Al Qaeda Leaders Now Operating in Syria’

(CNSNews.com) – Speaking Thursday at a joint appearance with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Secretary of State John Kerry admitted that there were “many al Qaeda leaders now operating in Syria”—where President Barack Obama decided two months ago to provide military support to rebel forces fighting alongside al Qaeda to overthrow the regime of Syrian […]

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