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Can Obama conduct diplomacy and chew gum at the same time?

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, January 26, 2015 at 12:15pm
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In determining why Secretary of State John Kerry was not at the Paris march of world leaders denouncing the terror attacks there, I noted he was paving the way for President Obama’s upcoming visit to India.

This Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted Obama with open arms.

President Obama and his Indian counterpart...

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Argentine Prosecutor Death in Iran Terror Case Gets Curiouser

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 23, 2015 at 11:30am
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Sunday night Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found shot to death in his apartment. Nisman had been scheduled the following day to present his criminal complaint against Argentinian President  Cristina Fernández de Kirchner before a closed session of Argentina’s congress.

The initial claim (one made by Kirchner herself on her Facebook page) that...

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Mossad Chief: Not opposed to Iran sanctions, contrary to reports

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 9:22am
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On January 21, 2015, Josh Rogin and Eli Lake at Bloomberg News reported Israeli Mossad Goes Rogue, Warns U.S. on Iran Sanctions:

The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad has broken ranks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, telling U.S. officials and lawmakers that a new Iran sanctions bill in...

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John Boehner trolls Obama with speech invite to Netanyahu

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:34am
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Is there anyone who gets Obama more upset than Bibi Netanyahu?

It’s not for nothing that unnamed senior administration officials called Netanyahu “chickenshit” and mocked Israel’s failure to attack Iran.

There is no love lost in that relationship.

Remember when Bibi lectured...

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Leslie Gelb: “if only Obama knew”

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 16, 2015 at 10:00am
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In his latest editorial, Leslie Gelb seems both frightened and clueless about Obama.

Gelb is a liberal whose foreign policy credentials are impressive if you like this sort of thing. At the age of 77, his resume includes “former correspondent for The New York Times and …currently President Emeritus and Board Senior...

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Why would Cuba follow through?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 8:30am
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Promises, shmomises:

An air of secrecy surrounds the fate of 53 political prisoners whom Cuba agreed to free in its historic deal with the United States last month, as Washington and Havana’s refusal to publicly identify the dissidents is fueling suspicion over Cuba’s intentions…

…[O]fficials said a prisoner release was not a precondition...

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Dennis Ross: “Stop Giving Palestinians a Pass”

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 7:00am
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In an op-ed published in The New York Times on Monday, former American peace negotiator Dennis Ross wrote that it’s time to hold the Palestinians responsible for turning down peace.

Since 2000, there have been three serious negotiations that culminated in offers to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Bill Clinton’s parameters in 2000,...

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Obama Admin Indirectly Encourages Palestinian Unilateralism

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, January 5, 2015 at 11:30am
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As Prof. Jacobson blogged last week Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas attempted to get the United Nations Security Council to impose terms of a peace settlement on Israel and then, failing that, applied to the International Criminal Court in an effort to bring war crimes charges against Israel.

While Abbas bears the...

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NY Times 2015: Keep blaming Israel, ignore Palestinian rejectionism

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 12:30pm
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Today the New York Times, predictably, blamed Israel for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ efforts to internationalize the Palestinians conflict with Israel. According to the Times, it is Israel’s fault that Abbas attempted...

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Tzipi Livni: Abbas Torpedoed Peace Process

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 12:00pm
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In his column yesterday, anti-Israel columnist Roger Cohen of The New York Times talked to Tzipi Livni, candidate for prime minister and Israel’s peace negotiator, about why the John Kerry-sponsored peace talks failed earlier this year. Livni tells of the three ways the Palestinians destroyed the peace talks.

The administration in March...

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Obama got exactly what he wanted from faux Cuba negotiation

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, December 19, 2014 at 8:30am
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Marco Rubio, among others, believes that Obama is a bad negotiator, the worst since Carter:

I don’t know what [Obama's] intentions are. His foreign policy is at a m...

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Cuba template for Iran nukes: Overpay then pretend otherwise

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 8:30am
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Dueling editorials in the leading liberal papers today take vastly different approaches to the Obama administration’s ransoming of Alan Gross from Cuba.

On the one hand The New York Times hailed the move (and even featured the editorial translated into Spanish for those Cubans allowed to have internet access):

The administration’s decision to...

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December Surprise: Obama normalizes relations with Cuba

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 11:32am
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Can’t say this was on anyone’s near term radar.

The NY Times reports U.S. and Cuba, in Breakthough, Resume Diplomatic Relations:

The United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and open an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century after the release of an American contractor...

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Can Obama Get the Government He Wants in Israel?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 10:53am
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Last week Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu started the process of dissolving his government coalition to bring about new elections in March of next year. One needn’t be a particularly close observer of politics to know th...

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NY Times: Iranian nuke hardliners are just like our nuke hardliners

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 28, 2014 at 11:00am
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A post-mortem about the recently concluded P5+1 nuclear talks with Iran in The New York Times made a false equivalence between the two sides.

In the end, both were constrained by hard-line politics at home. Mr. Zarif, while friendly, outgoing and Westernized, had pushed to the very limits of his brief; he...

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Iran’s really, really, really good nuke week

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 10:00am
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It’s interesting to see headlines that the P5+1 talks in Vienna about Iran’s nuclear program were called a failure.

On one very important level they were a success. No there was no agreement on a long term deal to roll back Iran’s nuclear program. But there was an agreement to extend the...

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Chuck Hagel resigning – fall guy for failed Obama policies

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, November 24, 2014 at 9:55am
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It’s not like this was unexpected. Chuck Hagel long has become the fall guy for Obama administration international failures, as we first noted in connection with the Taliban-Bergdahl swap, Taliban-Bergdahl swap unpopular, so … blame Hagel.

The lone Republican in the cabinet, Hagel was supposed to lend credibility to Obama’s downsizing...

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