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9th March 2011 - The Long War Journal

US Predators are Killing ‘Hardcore Elements’ and ‘Foreigners’ - Pakistani General

Bill Roggio

A senior Pakistani Army officer said that the covert US air campaign inside Pakistan's tribal areas is killing dangerous al Qaeda and Taliban fighters and that civilian casualties are low.

9th March 2011 - Pajamas Media

Now Syria Wants a Seat on the UN Human Rights Council

Claudia Rosett

Here we go again. After horrific scenes of slaughter by Gaddafi’s regime in Libya, the United Nations Human Rights Council finally got around to suspending Libya from a membership it should never have been given in the first place.

9th March 2011 - National Review Online

Jonah v. Dr. K on Gitmo

I just watched the clip of the discussion between Jonah and Charles Krauthammer on Bret Baier’s Fox panel last night. I come away unpersuaded by Charles’s argument.

9th March 2011 - Pundicity

Libya: Moral imperative or mission creep?

Jonathan Schanzer

Unconfirmed reports suggest that embattled strongman Muammar Qadhafi is considering a deal under which he could leave Libya with family and fortune intact, but the country has...

7th March 2011 - The Weekly Standard

The Wave Continues

Reuel Marc Gerecht

It is still striking, two months into the Great Arab Rebellion, how timorously many Westerners greet the region-wide uprising. Recognizing that democratic aspirations may be only a small factor in all the tumult, many would prefer to focus on the particulars of the revolts—the Shiite-Sunni...

5th March 2011 - National Review Online

Jean-Jacques Jihad

The one thing that absolutely could not be tolerated was true freedom, the liberty of the individual. For Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the “social compact” would otherwise be “an empty formula.” The irreducible core of the utopia he envisioned, the “undertaking which alone can give force...

5th March 2011 - Pajamas Media

Don’t Let Gaddafi Retire as Tyrant Emeritus in Venezuela

Claudia Rosett

While Libyans battle over ending Moammar Gaddafi’s 42-year tyranny, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has been itching to provide his services as a broker. Libya’s rebels have nixed this — they want Gaddafi gone, not “mediated” with. Such Western heavyweights as the U.S. and...

4th March 2011 - The Hill

Obama’s Backward Budget Priorities

Most Americans first learned of the Patriot anti-missile system during the Gulf War. The picture was harrowing: rockets blazed across the sky toward U.S. bases in Saudi Arabia and Israeli cities, where families huddled in their basements and bomb shelters. But just before one of Saddam...

3rd March 2011 - Wall Street Journal Europe

What About Iran?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

While the world focuses on Libya's popular uprising and Moammar Gadhafi's murderous response, Iran has also—far from the international spotlight—been ratcheting up its repression. In the last few days, Tehran has moved to arrest the two leading figures

3rd March 2011 - Jurist

The Middle East Protest Movements: Each With a Story, All With Uncertainty

Jonathan Schanzer

Across the Middle East, protest movements are taking hold. While each draws inspiration from the examples of Egypt and Tunisia, each country has a story of its own.

3rd March 2011 - World Defense Review

The Battle for Libya: Implications for Africa

As battle lines crisscross between the rebels marching west to overthrow him and loyal military units taking the offensive against rebel-held towns in the eastern Libya, Colonel Muammar al-Qadhafi's fight for survival is being generally viewed through the optic of the shifting sands of...

3rd March 2011 - The Jewish Chronicle

Open? J-Street Turns into Cul-de-Sac

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Is J-Street"so open-minded about what constitutes support for Israel that its brains have fallen out"?

3rd March 2011 - The Jerusalem Post

‘Human Rights Watch Should Have Been Keeping Tabs on Libya’

Benjamin Weinthal

NGO Monitor calls on HRW Mideast/Africa head Sarah Leah Whitson to resign for ignoring Libyan abuses, failing to offer aid.

3rd March 2011 - National Review Online

How About a Congressional AUMF Against the Somali Pirates?

Cliff’s column yesterday on the Somali pirates is great. Not only have they recently hijacked American ships and killed American citizens; he points out that they are presently holding more than 30 vessels and over 600 hostages.

3rd March 2011 - National Review Online

Hillary: For the ‘Real News,’ Tune In to al-Jazeera

Yes, she did say that. ABC reports (with video) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton telling Congress that “viewership of al Jazeera is going up in the United States because it’s real news. You may not agree with it, but you feel like you’re getting real news around the clock instead of...

3rd March 2011 - Weekly Standard

The Value of Guantanamo’s Intelligence

Thomas Joscelyn

Judicial Watch, a conservative foundation that seeks to improve government transparency, has obtained two important Guantanamo-related documents from the Department of Defense via a Freedom of Information Act request. One of the documents is a draft presentation dated February 4, 2004....

3rd March 2011 - Scripps Howard News Service

The Pirates of Somalia

Clifford D. May

Not long after achieving independence, the United States faced its first foreign threat: pirates off the coast of Africa seizing American merchant ships. As Michael Oren recounts in Power, Faith and Fantasy, his sweeping history of America’s involvement in the Middle East, beginning in...

2nd March 2011 - National Review Online

Libya’s Makeover

‘The relationship has been moving in a good direction for a number of years now, and I think tonight does mark a new phase,” said Condoleezza Rice. President Bush’s secretary of state was taking time out from inventing the 70 percent of Palestinians who just want to live side-by-side...

2nd March 2011 - Weekly Standard

Qaddafi vs. Reality

Thomas Joscelyn

Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi just can’t accept the fact that anyone other than al Qaeda wants him gone. CNN reports:

2nd March 2011 - Pajamas Media

The Iranian Civil War

Michael Ledeen

According to the Daily Beast, yesterday’s demonstrations against the Iranian regime were smaller than those on February 14th, but in fact they were both larger and more aggressive. The chants of “Death to the dictator” are now quite specific: “Death to Khamenei.” They can be...

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