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Al Qaeda is On the Run … to Everywhere

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 12:30pm
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One of President Obama’s pitches for re-election was “Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive.” Or as the President said, slightly more elaborately, in a speech shortly before his re-election:

Remember, in 2008, we were in the middle of two wars and the worst economic crisis since the Great...

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Obama’s Syria policy lost in legalisms

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 9:49am
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Yesterday’s New York Times featured an article Obama’s Uncertain Path Amid Syria Bloodshed that is probably one of the most devastating indictments of the President’s Syria policy published. I don’t think that the reporters set out to critique the President and the tone of the article was always respectful.

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Mainstream Media as Iran’s PR Flacks

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 8:30am
Iran President Gives Reporter History Lesson He'll Never Forget

One of the problems with President Hassan Rouhani’s charm offensive is that he has a record.

It’s a record that shows that he excuses the death penalty for protesters, defends Iran for its sponsorship of terror and boasts that he duped the West ten years ago.

All of this is a matter of...

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Obama foreign policy – Keep your enemies close, push your friends away

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 9:45am

In a remarkable op-ed last week, Jackson Diehl of the Washington Post excoriated Obama’s Myopic Worldview.

After noting that the President claimed in his U.N. speech, “The world is more stable than it was five years ago,” Diehl responded:

So: Why, according to Obama, is...

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Burdening only Israel with a journalistic burden of proof

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 1:15pm

In the little town of Candor in the last year of my youth
I learned the final lesson of the levels to the truth – The Mayor of Candor Lied – Harry Chapin

There was a line in a recent New York Times report that made me think about how the New York...

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Obama admin using media against Israel

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, August 2, 2013 at 2:43pm

1) Targeting Israel in Syria

First the sequence:

a) Israeli Airstrike in Syria Targets Arms Convoy, U.S. Says by Isabel Kershner and Michael Gordon – January 30, 2013

Israeli warplanes carried out a strike deep inside Syrian territory on Wednesday, American officials reported, saying they believed the target was a convoy carrying sophisticated antiaircraft...

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Will Hamas suck up to Iran to save itself?

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 12:30pm

Troubles for Hamas in Gaza

In The New Republic, Ehud Yaari explains some of the reasons Hamas is in trouble. Its Muslim Brotherhood patrons in Egypt fell from power after it alienated Iran for stopping its support of Bashar Assad. These changes have precipitated a leadership split in Hamas.

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John Kerry Rejects a Twenty Year Old Assumption of the Peace Process

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 6:30pm

The Talks Begin

The past two days has seen the reporting on the beginning of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

First there was the reporting on the Israeli concession that made the talks possible. The New York Times reported Netanyahu agree to free 104 Prisoners:

An Israeli government official, speaking on t...

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The Great Shi’ite Hope

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 29, 2013 at 12:30pm

Getting to sort of know you

The New York Times published a rousing tribute to incoming Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, President-Elect Stirs Optimism in Iran and West. The profile starts with an anecdote:

Bogged down in faltering nuclear talks with the European powers nearly 10 years ago, Hassan Rouhani did something that no...

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The More Israel Gives, the More the Palestinians Take

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 11:00am

In the peace process nothing can be said to be certain, except Israeli confidence building measures and blaming Israel for failure

I agree with one aspect of Jeffrey Goldberg’s, Kerry’s Mide...

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How Europe came to view Hezbollah as a Terrorist Organization

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 11:00am

Europe vs. Hezbollah

Yesterday, the European Union’s foreign minsters voted unanimously to designate Hezbollah’s “military wing” a terrorist organization. This will give European nations the authority to disrupt the organization’s finances.

The vote required unanimity and it was a long time in coming.

Last August, an article written by Nicholas Kulish of the New...

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Iran Demands Justice for Trayvon Martin

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 22, 2013 at 5:00pm

1) The Executioners Demand Justice

Perhaps one of the oddest stories appearing yesterday was Iran’s Mullahs Demand Justice for Trayvon.

According to the semi-official Iranian website Press TV:

“The acquittal of the murderer of the teenage African American once aga...

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Abbas Refers to Deadly Terrorist’s “Pure Soul”

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 6:30pm

No peace, No justice

A decade ago Ahmed Jubarah walked out of jail a free man. Twenty eight years after he killed 13 people and wounded dozens more detonating an explosive laden refrigerator on a crowded Jerusalem street, Israel released Jubarah and others in order to restart peace talks with the Palest...

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EU v. Israel

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 8:15am

1) The Union Strikes Back

The European Union (EU) has just released new regulations governing certain dealings with Israel.

Starting in 2014, the EU (as a unit, individual states are not governed by these guidelines) will prohibit any dealings with private Israeli entities that liver or operate in Judea and Samaria, what is...

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