A peaceful election in the birthplace of the ‘Arab Spring.’ Nov 10, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 09 • By MAX BOOTRead more...
Nov 10, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 09 • By LEE SMITH
Last week, the Obama White House finally clarified its Middle East policy. It’s détente with Iran and a cold war with Israel.
To the administration, Israel isn’t worth the trouble its prime minister causes. As one anonymous Obama official put it to journalist Jeffrey Goldberg, what good is Benjamin Netanyahu if he won’t make peace with the Palestinians? Bibi doesn’t have the nerve of Begin, Rabin, or Sharon, said the unnamed source. The current leader of this longstanding U.S. ally, he added, is “a chickens—t.”
Sep 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 02 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
In his September 10 speech to the nation, President Obama said, “This is American leadership at its best: We stand with people who fight for their own freedom; and we rally other nations on behalf of our common security and common humanity.”
12:33 PM, Oct 31, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
If one objective of the bombing campaign in the Mideast was to stop – or, at least, reduce – the flow of fresh recruits to ISIS, then it has failed. As Greg Miller of the Washington Post reports
11:26 AM, Oct 31, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
In the fight against ISIS in Iraq, Anbar province is decisive and to turn things around there:
9:21 AM, Oct 31, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Scott Brown took issue with Democratic senator Jeanne Shaheen's characterization of the American military operations in the Middle East as an "occupying force" in the two candidates' final debate Thursday evening. The New Hampshire politicians were debating the use of U.S. troops against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria.
"I don't think we want tens of thousands of American troops as an occupying force for sixty years, as we've had in Korea," Shaheen said.
So Israelophobia spreads to America’s secondary schools. Nov 10, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 09 • By EDWARD ALEXANDER
At the conclusion of the latest installment of the endless Arab war against Israel, the leaders of Hamas simultaneously accused Israel of “genocide” against the residents of Gaza and took to the streets, dancing, ululating, and jubilating in celebration of their “victory” over the Zionist enemy. That is to say, what the novelist Thane Rosenbaum called Hamas’s “civilian death strategy”—deliberately bringing about the greatest possible number of Arab (as well as Jewish) deaths—had achieved a political triumph in the court of world opinion.
3:36 PM, Oct 30, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Paul McLeary of Defense News writes that the administration has a way of accounting for what went wrong in Iraq. According to Deputy National Security Adviser Anthony Blinken (a rare "top administration official" willing to go on record):
Hosted by Michael Graham.3:05 PM, Oct 29, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the controversy over an anonymous U.S. official's comment that Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a "chicken****".
1:15 PM, Oct 29, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Tom Cotton, the Republican candidate for Senate from Arkansas, is calling on President Obama to renounce the "vulgar" attack on Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu which was expressed by an anonymous administration official in a recent Atlantic article.
11:09 AM, Oct 29, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The belief that the prime minister of Israel is "chickenshit" is "not the administration's view," a spokesperson for the National Security Council says in a statement. Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic reported Tuesday that a "senior administration official" viewed Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, as the most frustrating foreign leader to the White House and the State Department.
7:23 AM, Oct 29, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
James Jeffrey, the former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, tells Frontline that "everyone" warned the Obama administration about ISIS--and that they did nothing.
Watch the clip here:
"The administration not only was warned by everybody back in January, it actually announced that it was going to intensify its support against ISIS with Iraqi armed forces, and it did almost nothing."
4:35 PM, Oct 28, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The ISIS campaign in Iraq proceeds where it cannot be seen and meets little resistance. The U.S. says it has a plan by which government forces will go on the offense and retake lost territory … beginning in a few months.
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