The Passion of the Olive Trees*: Settlers Pelt US Diplomatic Personnel in the West...
Under Obama, US foreign policy is losing sanity & common sense in diplomatic representation abroad
Getting Real: Why Israel is Ramping Up Responses to Iran-Backed Provocations From Syria
Surprisingly, Israel not only went public about the strike and missile intercept but followed up with an explicit vow to destroy Syria’s air defense systems if they are used against IAF aircraft again
Obama Let 40-Year-Old Oil Supply Guarantee to Israel Expire in November 2014
Israel has never invoked the agreement, but Israel sources say that its importance lies in its very existence.
Startling Admission from Team Obama About the Iran ‘deal’
In the last weeks of the talks the US excluded every other delegation from negotiations with Iran.
NIMBYs, Hostages, and the European Wind Wars
Nobody wants a wind turbine in his back yard.
You Say Thermopylae, I say Alamo
Was Cruz’s Stand an “Alamo” moment?
Surveillance of Trump: House Now has First BIG Answer to the RIGHT Question
It’s a new world we’re in today, the world of Big Data. The handling of Big Data has been oozing out beyond the boundaries of the Fourth Amendment for some time now. Trump was a victim of this
Twenty-Eight Years Later, it’s Finally 1984
The year 1984, by Gregorian reckoning, came and went, and Americans seemed to have dodged the Nineteen-Eighty-Four bullet. We weren’t being interned for reeducation by a Ministry of Love. Although conservative, constitutionalist, limited-government ideas came under relentless attack in the mainstream media and the academy, those who expressed the ideas remained free to do so. (They in fact became freer with the lifting under Reagan of the genuinely Orwellian-named “Fairness Doctrine.”) In 2012, the atmosphere has changed.
Game change: Russia Can Now Warn Israel Against IAF Operations Over Syria
Israel has never faced the reality of Russia potentially vetoing its air defense decisions
In the Short Run, Biden Might Well Keep his Promise that Iran Won’t Get...
We would be fools to take seriously assurances from Joe Biden.
Olympic Opening Ceremonies and the Death Throes of a Civilization
Watching the ceremony last night, I had a profound sense of sadness for the hollow revelry. There was no dignified memorializing of the greatness, uniqueness, and courage of Britain’s past. There was “irreverent, idiosyncratic” entertainment, and a very long segment of writhing self-abasement before the shibboleth of socialized medicine.
The Perils of Barack
We don’t know what their thinking is on the choice between evils: the evil of intervening or the evil of failing to after defining a red line.
Bad, or Worse? Depends on the Meaning of ‘S-300’
The S-300 poses a major problem; Israel will have to get creative as to if, when & where it strikes
In the U.S. Capitol: Darkness Rather than Light
It would be so catastrophic to not increase the debt ceiling that Senators must have the option of avoiding the people’s scrutiny.
BOMBSHELL: Obama agencies shut down probe that could have flagged Farook and Malik
Political correctness kills-That’s the message from the San Bernardino terror massacre
Iranian Armed Forces Chief Sure Sounds Like the Persian Gulf Incident was Deliberate
Was this a catastrophic display of incompetence by Navy personnel or a big lie by the Iranians?
Main Stream Media Failure: Pope did NOT call Mahmoud Abbas an ‘Angel of Peace
"...the Pope did the exact opposite of what the media reported: he urged Abbas to change his ways.”
New UK Foreign Minister Compared Hillary to ‘Sadistic Nurse in a Mental Hospital’
However long Boris struts and frets on the world stage, he’ll be by far the most entertaining Official Foreign Minister out there--And by no means the most foolish.
Christian Century Editor Blogs with Virulent Antisemites
Is this the face of Christianity, as Christian Century would like to see it displayed? For my part, I repudiate it without hesitation.
Deciphering the Chinese and American Korea Strategy
Slinging force around, with press notices, is not what a strong president does.
Egypt: This Is Big
The Muslim Brotherhood is willing to keep chaos and misery going for as long as necessary to topple the military’s interim government.
Defense Round Up: U.S. Showing Weakness Abroad
The U.S. is being made to look weak in Egypt, and is actually acting weak with allies and foes alike.
Threats and Vandalism Targeting Jews: Time for Leadership, Pres. Trump
That law enforcement hasn’t identified the perpetrators is a big “tell” here. It tells me this is a suspicious development, not legitimate evidence of a spontaneous wave of anti-Jewish crimes.
Obama on Syria: Low-Quality ‘Jaw-Jaw’
I’m skeptical that we have any intention of taking action against Syria – even punitive action, with no view to an outcome or end-state.
You Don’t Have to be Jewish to Oppose Hagel for Defense
Chuck Hagel writes his own narrative, in which threats aren’t really threats and policies that actually work are just horrible.
Israel, Hamas, PA Encounter the Paradigm Shift
No summary of today’s events would be complete without mentioning the backstory on the IDF’s operation name.
J.E. Dyer: Implications of the New ‘Tax-Mandate’ in Obamacare
This is what a tax now looks like? This is an open invitation to “tax” via whatever mandate sounds good to you. What sort of unequal-before-the-law mandate would not fit this definition of a tax? Congress can do anything it wants, by the logic of this decision, with the judicial precedent set that levying mandates equals using the power to tax.
On Purim, the Spiking of Iran’s Land Bridge Across Mesopotamia
It has been clear for some time now that Iran has been eyeing the Golan as a gateway to military leverage over Israel. With U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty in the Golan, the vector of geomilitary momentum will shift significantly.
Dead in the Water: Obama’s Military and Iran
It is unconscionable of Obama to handle the sequestration threat the way he has - crippling our ability to readily strike Iran.
The Art of “Gray-Hull Diplomacy”
How should an American president use the military in an intimidating, persuasive manner, to induce Iran to give up her nuclear-weapons purpose? Very little has been discussed on this topic in the forums of punditry; virtually all treatments focus on the feasibility or proper method of a military attack campaign. Is there an “intimidation option,” short of a shooting war? And if so, what would it look like?