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Report: US Fears Syria Rebel Victory, for Now

Though my suggestion to now back Assad to prevent Jihadi takeover and allow both sides to fight themselves to exhaustion was rejected, it seems now the administration is taking note of my counsel.

Innocents Abroad Build Foreign Armies

When will American politicians and military leaders eventually realize that training foreign soldiers does not allies make them?

Lessons from the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List

Muslims make up 30 out of 31 most wanted terrorists, or about 97 percent of them.

Open Letter to Sen. Charles Schumer on the Hagel Appointment

You expressed having had "genuine concerns" about Hagel prior to your White House meeting with him; now is the moment for you to follow the dictates of your conscience.

Evidence that Morsi Actually Lost the Egyptian Presidency

Ahmed Shafiq, the former air force commander and former president Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister, actually won the presidential race by a narrow margin.

The Opposition (or Lack thereof) to Hagel

Odd that CUFI is out there swinging and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is silent.

Mainstream Jewish Institutions Honor Anti-Zionists

What is it about Jewish organizations that they acclaim their opponents?

The Silver Lining of Obama’s Weak America

Barack Obama's approach pulls the United States back from its customary adult role and has it join the children.

The Future of Conservatism After the 2012 Election

It will be a long, hard road to traverse, but there is no short cut and it can succeed.

Erdoğan’s Decade

Erdoğan can be seen as the anti-Atatürk, the leader who seeks to undo substantial parts of his predecessor's legacy, especially Atatürk's rejection of Shari'a, or Islamic law.

Conspiracy Theories Triumphant in Turkey

The sort of reasoning going around in Turkey regarding the Israeli strike in Syria can quickly leave one with a sore head.

Extra Thoughts: Hagelian Dialectic

Extra thoughts that could not make the main text of "When AIPAC Went AWOL."

Romney Stumbles on Foreign Policy

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.

Developments in Syria and Turkey

Secure Freedom Radio Originally published at Daniel Pipes

50 Years of Syrian Misery

Before the "8 March Revolution," Syria had been exceptionally unstable. Then came the heavy hand of the Ba'athists.

The Nation of Islam Discovers Scientology

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."

Debating on Iranian TV – And More (Video)

The 25-minute show was the most hare-brained and loony of my 35 years going on television.

Global Ramifications of the Anti-Muslim Brotherhood Campaign in Egypt

Should the crackdown succeed in isolating, weakening, and destroying the Islamists, then others will replicate it elsewhere.

Muslim Acts of Beheading in the West

Other characteristically Muslim crimes taking place in Western countries include honor killings, female genital mutilation, and slave holding.

Reflections on the Second Presidential Debate

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."

Cyprus Joins the Middle East

Unlike nearby Israel, which is also surrounded, Cyprus lacks either a military option or protective fences.

No Disagreement Between Hamas and Fatah

Both Hamas and Fatah are playing the game of pretending to end violence.

The State Department of What Planet?

What a launch for Kerry, whose mental vapidity promises to make Hillary Clinton actually look good in retrospect.

Muslim Russia?

In Russia, Christians are declining by 0.6 percent a year and Muslims are increasing at the same rate, which will have dramatic effects over time

Do I Not Criticize Israeli Policies?

In fact, I disagree often and volubly with Israeli policies.

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