Trump’s attack on his own intelligence services was both extraordinary and expected
By Hussein Ibish in The National, Feb 2, 2019
This week starkly illustrated a remarkable feature of Donald Trump’s administration: this president does not do policy; he only does politics.
Policy professionals always struggle to square sound foreign policy with the effective domestic politics that political leaders require. This tension cannot be completely resolved, although its intensity varies, depending on circumstances and personalities.
This conundrum has … [more]
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March 1, 2016
Why the Arabs Don’t Want Us in Syria
By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., February 22, 2016
In part because my father was murdered by an Arab, I’ve made an effort to understand the impact of U.S. policy in the Mideast and particularly the factors that sometimes motivate bloodthirsty responses from the Islamic world against our country. As we focus on the rise of the Islamic State and search for the source of the savagery that took so many innocent … [more]
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After reading the rash of liberal letters recently that sympathized with the Muslims so much (while mocking the rest of us for being fearful of the Islamic jihadist terrorists), perhaps many of you might be much happier if you left America permanently and moved over to some Muslim country! You might fit in very naturally in Iran, Syria or Iraq, I would think.
Hot Springs… [more]
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December 13, 2015
By Jacques, d’Nalgar, December 13 2015
Why all the sanctimonious hand-wringing over Donald Trump’s latest bombastics? Are we really that shocked when this unfiltered braggart harrumphs that the world’s Muslims must not be allowed to sully our exceptional, Christian America?
After all, isn’t that what most of us really want? Sure, we may not say it in polite company, but eloquent mendacities are always lost in the cacophony of real-world actions. And we’ve been loudly acting out our … [more]
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The Myth of a Better Deal
By Stephen M. Walt, August 10, 2015
Foreign policy is serious business, because getting it wrong has real consequences. When countries conduct foreign policy in a cavalier or incompetent way, real human beings lose their lives or end up much poorer than they would otherwise have been. In extreme cases, states that mismanage relations with the outside world end up completely isolated and maybe even conquered and occupied. This is rarely, if … [more]
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Obama Isolates Netanyahu as Head of Warmongers
By Barak Ravid, Aug 06, 2015 12:34 AM
WASHINGTON – Some 200 people gathered at a plaza named for Saudi King Salman at American University in Washington on Wednesday and waited for U.S. President Barack Obama’s address on the nuclear deal reached last month with Iran. A greater irony would be hard to imagine, unless it were a plaza named for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Obama, meanwhile, seemed to have adopted … [more]
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“Death to America!” This continues to be the chant from those evil, Islamic radicals in Iran. What is there about this message that all of you liberal sympathizers don’t understand? They are clearly saying that they want to kill all of us — including you! Yes! They also regard most of you liberals as their enemy — the infidels!
And these are the crazy people that we are trying to make a deal with? Don’t you realize … [more]
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