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Whiplash in Washington

The breaking news on Wednesday about Afghanistan may give the average reader whiplash. First, President Obama announced that he has decided to defer the troop drawdown ...

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Nixon & Vietnam, Obama & Iraq

The end game waged by the Obama administration in many respects resembled that of Nixon and Kissinger’s in 1972. The difference, of course, is that in Hanoi Peace Accords, the Americans had to pull all of their military forces out of South Vietnam.

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Does Obama Really Think a Bad Deal With Iran Is Worse Than No Deal?

The most important line in National Security Advisor Susan Rice's speech to AIPAC is one that the Obama administration has delivered countless times: when it comes to ...

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How Obama Caved on Bahrain

What’s that sound you hear from the White House on the human rights abuses and brutal autocratic government in Manama? Silence.

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Hypocrisy Alert: Qatari Leader Throws Weight Behind Pluralism and Inclusiveness

It's perhaps a bit rich for Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani to be selling "pluralistic, inclusive, power-sharing solutions to regional disputes" in the pages of the New York Times.

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I Don’t Think That Nuclear Deal Means What You Think It Means

In Washington, 10 years is a long time -- more than two presidential terms. In the antique land of Persia, however, it is the blink of an eye. ...

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How Not to Fight a Fanatic

The United States needs to take a wider view of whom it works with in its war against religious extremists.

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Finding the Silver Lining of Obama’s National Security Strategy

After further study and reflection on President Obama's National Security Strategy (NSS), I have a few thoughts to add to my earlier post, adding up to ...

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Washington’s Third Option Against a Nuclear Iran

Jay Solomon and Carol Lee, two widely respected reporters of The Wall Street Journal, wrote last week on Iran as both a nuclear threshold state ...

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