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Conspiracy Theories Triumphant in Turkey

26 Shevat 5773 – February 5, 2013
The sort of reasoning going around in Turkey regarding the Israeli strike in Syria can quickly leave one with a sore head.

The State Department of What Planet?

25 Shevat 5773 – February 4, 2013
What a launch for Kerry, whose mental vapidity promises to make Hillary Clinton actually look good in retrospect.

The Opposition (or Lack thereof) to Hagel

18 Shevat 5773 – January 28, 2013
Odd that CUFI is out there swinging and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is silent.

Daniel Pipes: West Must Oppose Islamism (Video)

17 Shevat 5773 – January 27, 2013
Middle East expert Daniel Pipes appeared on the 'Cross Talk' program to argue that the West should use its influence to oppose Islamism instead of supporting it.

Debating on Iranian TV – And More (Video)

27 Tevet 5773 – January 8, 2013
The 25-minute show was the most hare-brained and loony of my 35 years going on television.

The Future of Conservatism After the 2012 Election

22 Tevet 5773 – January 3, 2013
It will be a long, hard road to traverse, but there is no short cut and it can succeed.

Daniel Pipes: Reflections on Current Hamas-Israel Hostilities

5 Kislev 5773 – November 18, 2012
If Hamas knows it cannot defeat the Israel Defense Forces and will get a bloody nose for its efforts, it obviously has motives other than victory in mind.

Daniel Pipes: Why I am Voting Republican

21 Heshvan 5773 – November 5, 2012
I vote Republican because I support the party's core message of individualism, patriotism, and respect for tradition, in contrast to the core Democratic message of dependence, self-criticism, and "progress." I am inspired by the original reading of the U.S. Constitution, by ideals of personal freedom and American exceptionalism. I vote for small government, for a return of power to the states, for a strong military, and an assertive pursuit of national interests.

Daniel Pipes: Superficiality Reigns Before the Election

20 Heshvan 5773 – November 4, 2012
It happens every four years, as U.S. presidential elections roll around: I feel like a stranger. That's because news reports blare out what's not of interest: trivial statistics (171,000 jobs added in October; jobless rate up 0.1 percent to 7.9 percent), biographical irrelevancies (claims that Romney outsourced jobs to other countries when at Bain Capital), and forgettable gaffes (Obama saying that "Voting is the best revenge"). This limited discussion misses the main points.

The Nation of Islam Discovers Scientology

13 Heshvan 5773 – October 28, 2012
The Nation of Islam's historic role as a bridge between American blacks and Islam ended in 1975 when W. Deen Mohammed followed his father, Elijah Muhammad, as leader of the Nation and immediately disavowed his father's folk religion, bringing his followers to normative Islam, the Islam of the Middle East. From then on, despite the theatrics of Louis Farrakhan, the Nation has been in a long downward trajectory. Now comes evidence, thanks to Tony Ortega in the Village Voice and Eliza Gray in The New Republic, of a jaw-dropping turn by Farrakhan, 79, to Scientology; as Gray's subtitle puts it, "America's two weirdest sects join forces."

Romney Stumbles on Foreign Policy

8 Heshvan 5773 – October 23, 2012
Barack Obama has a weak record in the Middle East, but one would not learn this from the debate, where Mitt Romney praised Obama's achievements ("It's wonderful that Libya seems to be making some progress"), agreed with Obama more than he disagreed, and rarely pointed out his failings. Presumably, Romney took this mild approach to establish his likability, competence, and suitability to serve as commander-in-chief.

Reflections on the Second Presidential Debate

2 Heshvan 5773 – October 17, 2012
Obama got away with saying that he had characterized the attack on the Benghazi consulate as a terrorist incident because the moderator confirmed his point; in fact he misrepresented the facts when he said "The day after the attack, governor, I stood in the Rose Garden and I told the American people and the world that … this was an act of terror."

Is Netanyahu Again Offering the Golan Heights to Syria?

30 Tishri 5773 – October 15, 2012
Shimon Shiffer reports in Yedioth Ahronoth that in secret talks in 2010 via U.S. government mediator Frederic C. Hof, Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu agreed in principle to a full withdrawal from the Golan Heights to the June 4, 1967, lines in return for the "expectation" of Bashar al-Assad cutting ties with Iran, and that the nearly-completed negotiations ended because of the anti-Assad uprising that began in January 2011.

Impressions of the Veep Debate

29 Tishri 5773 – October 14, 2012
Middle East expert Daniel Pipes' thoughts on the Biden-Ryan debate.

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