Why Economic Development as a Panacea for Middle East Problems is a Myth

A reader asks: “I agree that democracy and economic development are not panaceas for the Middle East, just as they are not for any other location on the planet. But aren't they a start? And since it is possible to chew gum and walk at the same time, does it hurt to at least pay lip service to doing things to bring the rest of the Middle East into the 21st century? And what would those things be in your opinion?” As you noted, both candidates in the presidential election spoke of economic development as a top priority in their Middle East policy. This sounds good to voters but is pretty meaningless.

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Rubin Reports: What to Say When You’re Handed the ‘Obama is Good for Israel’...

Many Americans, and particularly Jews, are starting to receive mailings encouraging them to vote for or donate to the reelection campaign of President Barack Obama by arguing that he is pro-Israel. Several readers have asked me to provide them with responses. Here is a brief answer.

Obama on His Own Middle East Record: Zero Percent Success

In other words, bad developments are sometimes reported though there is an attempt to explain it away. This does leave some margin for readers and viewers to use their brains. Are these explanations credible? Why do things keep getting worse? If Obama is such a big supporter of Israel why does he keep subverting its interests? If Obama has made people in the region love America why do they keep hating America? Come to think of it, if Obama is such a big supporter of America why does he keep subverting U.S. interests?

The Demise of the Anti-Israel Card

Even Muslim Brotherhood think-tanks have said that the Shia, and especially Iran, are more dangerous threats than is Israel.

Who’s Really Isolated? He Who Misunderstands Middle East Realities

Israel’s “friends” abroad simply can’t seem to get out of their minds the idea that the country faces such terrible threats that it must make big concessions and beg for peace with the Palestinians on just about any terms, or try to appease hostile surrounding countries in order to stave off their wrath.

Egypt: Out of the Frying Pan into the Frying Pan

The military-civilian governors of Egypt are the same people who have always run the country. They have not done a great job.

Getting Priorities Wrong in Egypt and Syria: Three Media Case Studies

I want to discuss three articles that I basically agree with to point out how they miss the key issue and thus are somewhat misleading. I’m glad to see these three articles being published but it’s a case of -to quote Lenin- two steps forward, one step back.

What, Me Pessimistic? Egyptian Election Outcome is Worse Than I Expected

Should we feel good that democracy has functioned and that the people are getting what they want? Or should we feel bad that the people want a repressive dictatorship, the repression of women, the suppression of Christians, conflict with Israel, hatred of the West, and the freezing of Egyptian society into a straitjacket that can only lead to continue poverty and increasing suffering?

The Islamist Regime’s Game Plan for Egypt

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What Will Happen Now with US Middle East Policy?

Not much progress—which is really moving backwards—will be made on the Israeli-Palestinian front.

They Got it Right: America is Their Enemy

One of President Barack Obama’s main themes has been to convince Middle Eastern Islamists and Arabs generally that America is not their enemy. But the reason this strategy never works is that the radicals, be they Islamists or nationalists, know better. They see the United States as their enemy and they are right to do so.

Are Sunni Arabs More Afraid of Israel than Iran?

It would still be too hazardous for an Arab government to accept Israel's nationhood.

Rubin Reports: Romney’s Road – Blast Obama’s Failures and Policy, Expose the Lies, Seize...

Romney must respond to attacks like Gingrich or New Jersey governor Chris Christie would. A gentlemanly, gloves-on strategy will not win this election. This does not mean Romney should call Obama a socialist or Marxist. Instead, he should show that he’s the mainstream candidate while the Obama administration is out of step with historic, successful American practice.

Rubin Reports: Israel is in Good Shape Because So Many Others Decided Not to...

Israel’s has had dramatic success in terms of economic progress. The country has become a world leader in high-technology, medicine, science, computers, and other fields. It has opened up new links to Asia. The discovery of natural gas and oilfields promise a massive influx of funds in the coming years. And the idea that Israel is menaced by the failure to get official peace with the Palestinians is a staple of Western blather but has no big impact in reality.

Syria: The Main Middle East Crisis in 2013

Once the rebels start consolidating rule, as happened in Egypt, there will be increasing examples radical Islamist control which the West will ignore.

Rubin Reports: In 2011 U.S. Primacy in the Middle East Died; In 2012 The...

In 2012-2013, the vultures in the Middle East are coming home to roost. Of course, the main cause of developments in the region is the long, failed legacy of radical Arab nationalism which is now being replaced by what we’ll be calling in 20 or 30 years the long, failed legacy of revolutionary Islamism. But the secondary cause is the mistaken policy of President Barack Obama.

Turkey, Israel, and Syria: Why Things are Going Wrong

Put simply, who are the friends of Israel in the region and who are the foes?

Understanding Real Israeli Politics

To a remarkable extent—and this has nothing to do with his views or policies—Bibi Netanyahu is the only functioning politician in Israel today. No wonder he is prime minister, will finish his current term, and will almost certainly be reelected in 2013. Consider the alternatives.

Why They Love Osama, Hate Obama, and How Obama Uses the Same Tactics at...

When solidarity along group lines takes priority and the line is that all of “us” must unite against the “other” no matter what truth, logic, or justice dictates then that means serious trouble. And guess what? That is the line of the Obama Administration and its Newest Left supporters.

Biblical Lessons on Foreign Policy and Statism

You can learn from the Bible that people understood four thousand years ago about things that America's current leaders have forgotten today.

Why the ‘Arab Peace Initiative’ is a Scam

In other words, to speak in English in Washington to make the Americans happy is one thing; to do things in practice is something else entirely.

Rubin Reports: Whether He Likes it or Not – Why Obama’s Policy Will Probably...

True, sanctions are hurting Iran but this regime is hardly delicate and gives every appearance of using negotiations only as a stalling tactic. Anybody who thinks the Iranian regime will crack under sanctions is living in wishful-thinking world. No matter how many chances Obama gives Iran, it’s still going to go full-speed ahead toward obtaining nuclear weapons and matching them up to long-range missiles.

Yasir Arafat Is Still Dead and We Know Who Really Did Him In

Yasir Arafat is dead. I sat across from him in his Gaza office. He even had a copy of my history of the PLO on his book shelf so he must have been of sound mind at the time. But it’s not my fault. I told him to start jogging and cut down on sweets.But he didn’t listen.

America’s Impending Defeat in Syria

The Obama Administration believes that it can reconcile with Islamist states.

Romney’s Structural Handicaps and Third Debate Strategy

A full analysis of the foreign policy aspects of the third debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Remember that the idea that someone “won” the debate in terms of an outside observer’s standpoint or even based on a poll is misleading. The only important thing is whether either candidate swayed additional voters to his side.

The Obama Administration’s New 7 Pillars of Middle East ‘Wisdom’

The bottom line is the belief that if the Muslim Brotherhood is kept happy it won’t cause any trouble.

Reality Check: Palestine Will Remain a Non-Existent State

The non-member 'state' status will sink the Palestinian leadership even deeper into an obsession with intransigence in practice and paper victories that mean nothing in the real world.

Obama Doctrine: Alliance with Muslim Brotherhood for ‘Stability’

The weapons will be given to people whose politics encompass hatred for Jews, Christians, the West generally, and Women.

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Just to make the point clear, I did not cherry-pick these examples. These are the first 11 which constitute the first page.

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