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Obama’s Muslim Brotherhood Egypt Policy – Amateur Hour

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 10:30am 3/20/2016 at 10:30am

In December 2012, Professor Jacobson posted “Barack Morsi“.

It turns out the title was truer than he realized.

President Obama took the advice of “back-benchers” over experienced security experts to promote the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, creating condition for the usurpation of power by Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi:

Former Secretary of Defense Robert...

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State Dept: ISIS Committing Genocide

http://video.state.gov/en/video/4805322967001
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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 2:30pm 3/17/2016 at 2:30pm
http://video.state.gov/en/video/4805322967001

At a 9:00am press conference this morning, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the Islamic State’s actions perpetrated against ethnic and religious minorities, including Christians, are “genocidal” and constitute crimes against humanity.

In the brief (10 minute) statement, Kerry refers throughout to the Islamic State (ISIS) as Daesh, its Arabic acronym.

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After 7 Years of Failure, Obama Plans One More Push for Mideast Peace

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 11:30am 3/9/2016 at 11:30am

Ahead of Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to Israel, The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that the White House is considering new efforts to revive the Middle East peace process.

The internal discussions are aimed at offering a blueprint for future Israeli-Palestinian talks in a bid to advance a critical...

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The Foreign Policy Conversation Democrats Would Rather Not Have

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 22, 2016 at 8:30am 2/22/2016 at 8:30am

If you receive Morning Insurrection, you would have seen Prof. Miriam Elman’s recommendation to read Jonah Goldberg’s piece on the importance of foreign policy in the upcoming election. (If you don’t currently read Morning Insurrection see the signup box in the upper right-hand corner of Legal Insurrection.)

Goldberg wrote:

We can debate how...

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A Disaster called Obama’s Middle East Policy

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 10:00am 2/18/2016 at 10:00am

With each passing day, it gets more and more difficult to ignore the monumental disaster that Obama’s foreign policy actually is. Nowhere is its utter failure more glaringly evident than in the Syrian Civil War.

But first, let us not underestimate the pathologies of the Middle East that have led to the present disaster in...

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Israel’s Legitimacy is not dependent on a Palestinian State, or The NY Times

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 4:00pm 2/16/2016 at 4:00pm

We hear from critics of Israel that Israel needs a two-state solution to be  legitimate.

Without a Palestinian state, the argument goes, Israel will rule over millions of resentful Palestinians to whom it will have to deny their basic rights in order to maintain its Jewish nature. Or if Israel enfranchises...

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Legislation boycotting the anti-Israel boycotters proliferates

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, February 12, 2016 at 3:00pm 2/12/2016 at 3:00pm

There has been quite a bit of BDS-related legislative activity in the several weeks, with two anti-BDS measures moving through Congress, and activity in several state legislatures.  While the legislatures universally oppose BDS, President Obama has weighed in in opposition to Congress’s pro-Israel legislation.

Federal Anti-BDS Legislation

First, Wednesday afternoon Senators Mark Kirk...

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The Costs of Outsourcing America’s Foreign Policy to Iran

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 2:00pm 2/10/2016 at 2:00pm

While President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have assured us that the nuclear deal with Iran has delayed war, Tony Badran in a devastating critique of the administration’s foreign policy last week wrote, “Middle Easterners are not so lucky: They get to fight their wars with Iran...

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The Russia Reset Has Failed, Obama’s Foreign Policy Is Lost

http://youtu.be/9sudCmrAsF4
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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 10:00am 2/10/2016 at 10:00am
http://youtu.be/9sudCmrAsF4

The U.S. move to boost NATO forces in Eastern Europe is another black mark on President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy.  The decision to strengthen NATO’s bulwark against further Russian adventurism is sound in itself, but it further exposes the 2009 Russia Reset as a naive, amateurish blunder.  The cost...

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The Quiet U.S. War On Russian Corruption

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 10:30am 2/7/2016 at 10:30am

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) added five more Russians to the Specially Designated Nationals List pursuant to the Magnitsky Act on February 1.

In a press statement, a senior State Department official noted that one of the officials had nothing to do with the murder of the eponymous Sergei Magnitsky,...

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Democrats Put Obama’s Iran Appeasement Above National Security

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 7:00pm 2/4/2016 at 7:00pm

The disastrous JCPOA and President Obama’s political compulsion to hide Iranian wrong-doing have infected the entire Democratic Party.  Instead of responding to Iran’s support for terrorism and violations of its international commitments by imposing penalties, President Obama – and now his Democratic allies in Congress – are running cover.

David Gerstmen wrote...

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Escalating Iranian provocations leave John Kerry practically giddy

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 7:21pm 2/3/2016 at 7:21pm

Three weeks ago, ten American sailors on two naval boats were seized by Iran.

One of the first readouts of what happened came from the State Department with this tidbit:

Now, the Secretary then got on the phone with Foreign Minister Zarif for the first time – I think the first of at...

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UN Admits Own Impotence, Sort Of

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 3:30pm 2/2/2016 at 3:30pm

As negotiations to negotiate an end to the Syrian civil war plod along, the UN has admitted, internally, that it is powerless to enforce any Syria peace deal.

According to Foreign Policy, the UN knows it cannot enforce or even monitor any peace deal it brokers:

In a confidential strategy paper exclusively obtained...

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Obama’s Passivity in Face of Aggression Puts Iran in Driver’s Seat

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 1:00pm 1/14/2016 at 1:00pm

With the news that Iran has seized two American boats and detained 10 American sailors in the Persian Gulf just ahead of the State of the Union earlier this week, I’d like to go back to something that President Barack Obama said a little more than a year ago. Even though the...

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Welcome back, Carter – Now comes humiliation phase of Navy boat seizure by Iran

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 11:30am 1/13/2016 at 11:30am

Every confrontation with Iran has a phase which is much more important to the Iranians than the physical outcome.

It’s the humiliation phase, in which the Iranians get to exploit photos and video showing their opponents as weak and the Iranians as strong.

We saw it throughout the U.S. Embassy hostage drama in...

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Time To Rebuild The Navy

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 7:00am 1/9/2016 at 7:00am

Last week I wrote that Russia’s re-equipped, re-invigorated and rejuvenated navy was flexing its muscles, using new capabilities and taking on greater responsibility to make substantive contributions to Russia’s war efforts in Syria.

As Russia’s mission prospects improve and the U.S. concedes Bashar Assad’s retention in Damascus, Russia now projects to have...

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Obama Tough On Israel, Pushover For Iran

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, January 4, 2016 at 8:30am 1/4/2016 at 8:30am

Two ongoing news stories that broke this past week show the Obama administration’s contrasting styles towards America’s top Middle East ally and a rogue nation that continues to flout international law. Obama and his top officials have no problem playing hardball with Israel, but become like Rex the dinosaur in Toy...

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