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A Middle East Policy for President Romney

The basic grand strategy for the Middle East should be to form and lead a very broad and very loose—not institutionalized—alignment of forces opposing Islamism.

Rubin Reports: The Middle East – Brave New World or Scary New Master?

Why would a leading figure in Turkey's ruling Islamist party identify the era of rising Islamism as a “great shame…[in which the Middle East ] fell prey to the thirst of barbarian bloodshed”?

Rubin Reports: Will the Rebels Win Syria’s Civil War and What That Means

The tide seems to be turning in Syria. While the civil war is far from over, the regime is clearly weakening; the rebels are expanding their operations and effectiveness. There have also been more high-level defections. What does this mean and why is this happening? There are three main factors that are making a rebel victory seem more likely.

Palestinian Authority Finds Perfect Prime Minister

He knows how to deal with the West and will hopefully keep the money rolling in but cannot do anything and won’t try.

Obama Picks up too Late on the Threat from Syrian Rebels

A situation is being set up in which a future Muslim Brotherhood regime in Syria can blackmail the United States.

Note to Obama: Don’t Back America’s and Israel’s Enemies

Why help put into power and then favor people who hate you, lie about you, and want to destroy you? What is the pay-off?

Terrorists to the West: Hand Over All Your Property

It’s bad enough to be mugged repeatedly but it’s even worse to provide the weapons and money for the assailants while also praising them.

Rubin Reports: U.S. Syrian Policy – A Massacre in Progress, A Disgrace in the...

The Obama Administration's policy toward Syria is turning into a scandal on both strategic and humanitarian grounds.

Syria: No Longer Revolution, It is A Civil War, A Guide to the Battle

After an eight-month-long battle in which more than 3500 people have been killed, there’s no telling who will be ruling Syria when the dust settles, or even when the dust will settle.

Why US Policy Betrayed the Moderates

Lost: Obama's Middle East policy, 2013-2016.

Who Won the Latest Israel-Hamas War? (You’ll Be Surprised)

I’m amused by those who think that Hamas won the recent conflict.

Rubin Reports: Mitt Romney Captures Jerusalem

Speaking to an often-cheering group of about 400 people in Jerusalem, Governor Mitt Romney gave a speech less notable for what he said than for the fact that the audience believed he was sincere in saying it.

Negotiations with Iran: Obama’s ‘October Surprise’ to Help Win Election?

Are supposed negotiations with Iran the “October Surprise” intended to win the election for President Barack Obama, an Iranian trick for buying time, or both? The answer is both. It’s an incredibly transparent ploy though with the cooperation of the mass media such a gimmick might well have some effect.

The Secret Document that Set Obama’s Mideast Policy

In August 2010, Obama ordered a secret report on unrest in the Arab world.

Diplomacy Is Mostly about ‘Harb’ (War) and ‘Salaam’ (Peace)

The less you know about Islam, the better. Ignorance is strength.

US Policy Turning Syria into Anti-Western, Antisemitic Islamist State

Obama Administration policy is to put into power yet another anti-Western regime that will oppress its own people and put a high priority on trying to wipe out Israel.

Obama’s Vision: Government Itself as the American Ideal

Obama wants Americans to believe that government is only the sum total of their efforts together. But that is nonsense.

Rubin Reports: A Sentence by the State Department Sentences The World to Disaster

If ever I've seen a single sentence that spells disaster in the Middle East, this is it:“`People say things in a campaign and then when they get elected they actually have to govern,’ [U.S. State Department] spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.”

Turkey Sliding Fast Down the Slope of Islamization

The ideas that this is some far left thing is a slander by Islamists.

Rubin Reports: Yankee Go Home! Saith the Good Guys

The interesting news was not that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was pelted with stuff while visiting Cairo, the important issue was who was doing the pelting. Once upon a time, anti-American radicals threw things at U.S. leaders. But now….the hurlers of objects were people from the Free Egyptians Party and other Egyptian liberals. At the same time, leading Christians refused to meet with Hillary.

The Prophet Micaiah Teaches Me my Job

This story brought home to me that to do one’s task rightly, to bear witness honestly, and to face the consequences without flinching should be the hallmarks of my field.

Muslim Brotherhood Wins Presidency; Egyptian-Islamist/Hamas Jihad Against Israel (Apparently) Begins

We are now at the beginning of Egypt’s involvement, directly or indirectly, in a new wave of terrorist assault on Israel. If the Muslim Brotherhood takes over Egypt, a likelihood made less probable perhaps by the military’s dissolution of parliament, this offensive will enjoy official support. Even if the army remains in control, the Brotherhood and Salafists will use their considerable assets to back this new insurgency war.

After the Fall: What Do You Do When America Is (Temporarily) Kaput?

The current voluntary, but not inevitable, decline of the United States places many US allies at risk.

The Neo-Mandate Solution to the Arab-Israeli Conflict

The Obama Administration plan is very simple, assuming that everything goes smoothly–which of course it will not.

Why the Benghazi Affair is Still so Important

The Obama Administration has turned to Islamists in the belief that they are best suited to guard US interests in the Middle East.

Rubin Reports: Egypt’s (First-Round) Presidential Election is a Defeat (Perhaps Temporary) for the Islamists

Let’s remember that the Islamists are still headed for control of Egypt. They might win the presidency in the second round. The parliament, which they run, is going to make the rules and write the constitution. If they don’t like who becomes president, they will reduce his powers.

Rubin Reports: Who Rules Egypt? The Battle Begins

Lenin once reportedly said that he would get the capitalists to sell him the rope with which to hang them. But Egypt is a far clearer case of such a situation. Will the dhimmis finance the consolidation of the Muslim Brotherhood’s power in Egypt? It sure looks like that will happen though they probably will be cheap about it.

Why Current US Foreign Policy Debate Doesn’t Make Sense and How to Fix It

The issue is simply this one: When you say something or do something or spend something whose side are you on?

Revolutionary Islamism Is Not America’s Friend

Middle East expert, Barry Rubin discussed the region, prospects for peace and revolutionary Islamism.

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