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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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NY Times: We Must Achieve An Iran Nuke Deal For Our Time

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 3:30pm
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An editorial in The New York Times today about the ongoing P5+1 nuclear talks with Iran warns about the dire consequences of the two sides not reaching an agreement.

The consequences of failure to reach an accord would be serious, including the weakening of President Hassan Rouhani of Iran and his foreign...

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Is Maryland going purple?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 10:31am
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Maryland hasn’t gone purple. Yet.

But we have a Republican Governor for just the third time in 48 years. (Spiro Agnew was elected in 1966 and served until 1969, when he went to White House as Richard Nixon’s vice president. Bob Ehrlich was elected in 2002, but was defeated for re-election four years later...

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Obama 2008: Israel can keep its undivided capital of Jerusalem, if it likes it

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 11:34am
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Yesterday was oral argument at the Supreme Court in a lawsuit over whether Congress had the power to designate Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel on passports.

The case is Zivotofsky v. Kerry, and the issue is a fight between Congress and the Executive Branch, Via Scotus Blog:

Issue: Whether a federal statute...

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Israel Builds Homes, World Screams; Egypt Destroys Homes … *Crickets*

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, October 31, 2014 at 4:02pm
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Elder of Ziyon picked up on a recent bit of hypocrisy when Egypt began destroying hundreds of homes along the Sinai’s border with Gaza. In So where are the Rachel Corries for Egypt?  Elder writes:

800 homes demolished in the next few days? Israel has never demolished so many in so little time.

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One of those “chickenshit” operations

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 10:30am
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The senior official in the Obama administration who referred to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as “chickshit” probably has much more courageous things than Operation Isotope on his resume.

Operation Isotope was a raid involving the rescue of hijacked Sabena Flight 571, and Netanyahu was a participant, along with another Israeli Prime...

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Barack’s Baseless Bibi-Basher

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 7:05pm
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Yesterday Prof Jacobson rightly assessed Jeffrey Goldberg’s The Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations Is Officially Here as describing a crisis “in Obama-Israel relations.”

Although the White House has offered a disavowal of the profane insult made by one of Goldberg’s sources, the full substance of his remarks needs to be rebutted.

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Senior Obama official: Bibi Netanyahu is “chickenshit”

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 6:13pm
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Jeffrey Goldberg writing in The Atlantic, The Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations Is Officially Here:

The other day I was talking to a senior Obama administration official about the foreign leader who seems to frustrate the White House and the State Department the most. “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” this official...

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Report: Obama Administration Looks to Sweeten Nuclear Deal for Iran. Again.

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 7:00am
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Remember when President Barack Obama said that the United States will “always have Israel’s back” when it comes to Israel’s security—especially in regards to Iran’s nuclear program?

Or when Secretary of State John Kerry said that with Iran “no deal was better than a bad deal?”

They were lying.

The administration’s aim is to...

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Report: Obama to Bypass Congress on Iran Deal

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, October 20, 2014 at 12:00pm
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At the beginning of this year, Professor Jacobson wrote an article claiming that “...

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NY Times’ ISIS coalition coverage “unlike” the truth

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 8:15am
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The NY Times made a rather large error the other day, and then issued a correction:

“…[Our article] gave an incorrect comparison between efforts by the president to seek allies’ support for this plans and President George W. Bush’s efforts on such backing for the Iraq War. The approach Mr. Obama is...

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