Analysis & Commentary


4th July 2011 - The Weekly Standard

The al Qaeda- Taliban Connection

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Joe Biden finally won an argument. President Obama’s decision to draw down U.S. forces in Afghanistan seems to move American policy toward Biden’s long-held view that the U.S. military should narrow its approach to a selective, counter-terrorism-focused mission.

4th July 2011 - National Review Online

What July 4 Means to Us

Clifford D. May

July 4 celebrates the birth of the United States and the modern democratic experiment. In the 20th century, both were threatened by Nazis and Communists. In the 21st century both are threatened by Islamists and Jihadists.

3rd July 2011 - Chicago Tribune

International Law and the Flotilla II

In the coming days, a major flotilla of pro-Palestinian activists is set to break Israel's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip in what many see as a publicity stunt wrapped in a humanitarian veneer.

3rd July 2011 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Why is the Bundestag Courting Iran?

Benjamin Weinthal

German-Israeli relations were strained last week because a delegation of Israeli lawmakers headed by MK Shaul Mofaz discovered during their visit to Berlin that the German counterparts were hosting a parallel meeting with members of Iran’s parliament (Majlis) in the Bundestag.

2nd July 2011 - The Weekly Standard Blog

Iran’s Proxy War Continues

Thomas Joscelyn

June was the deadliest month in Iraq for U.S. forces in more than two years, with 15 servicemen killed. Jay Solomon of the Wall Street Journal explains why

2nd July 2011 - National Review Online

Pawlenty’s Foreign Policy

Tim Pawlenty winced audibly when The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg made the obvious explicit. In the race for the GOP presidential nomination, the columnist posited, “I guess you represent the John McCain-Lindsey Graham foreign-policy wing.”

1st July 2011 - NOW Lebanon

The Curious Role of Robert Ford

Tony Badran

Earlier this week, a group of Syrian dissidents were allowed to hold a meeting at the Semiramis Hotel in Damascus. The US Department of State made a point to praise the conference as a “move in the right direction,” and flaunted it as an example of why the US needs an ambassador in...

30th June 2011 - Foreign Policy

Countering Syria’s Lebanese Power Play

John Hannah

Pity poor Lebanon. Earlier this month, the murderous regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad imposed a government in Beirut dominated by the terrorist group, Hezbollah -- which, as it happens, we were reminded just this morning, likely carried out the assassination of former Lebanese...

30th June 2011 - The Jewish Chronicle

Germany’s Left Party: Be Disturbed

Benjamin Weinthal

It has been a while since a leader of a German party called for the political exclusion of the head of Germany's Jews. Last week, Klaus Ernst, co-chairperson of the anti-Israel Left Party, called for Dr Dieter Graumann, the president of Germany's Jewish community, to leave "party politics"...

30th June 2011 - Standpoint

Arab Spring Sprung?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

How's democracy doing so far in the much celebrated and slightly mislabelled Arab Spring? There are 22 members of the Arab League, which include such Arab countries as the Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Mauritania, Somalia and Sudan.

30th June 2011 - Faster, Please!

Obama’s Joke of a Counterterrorism Strategery

Michael Ledeen

Mount Obama belched forth a mousy counterterrorism strategy, which you can read here in its inglorious entirety. Like most of the pronouncements of this crowd, it reads rather like an undergraduate seminar paper, full of useless “definitions” that don’t define, and generalizations...

30th June 2011 - Scripps Howard News Service

Self-Deception

Clifford D. May

“All warfare is based upon deception,” instructed Sun Tzu, the great Chinese military strategist of the 6th Century B.C. But when it comes to the Global Jihad of the 21st Century, the extent to which we in the West insist upon deceiving ourselves would shock even Sunny. Five brief...

29th June 2011 - The Rosett Report

Beyond Parody: North Korea Presiding at UN Disarmament Conference

Claudia Rosett

Even for the United Nations, this is over the top. It’s stock stuff at the UN that the worst offenders periodically plonk themselves down in one or another of the presiding seats and bask in the mantle of the world’s leading multilateral institution, with its promises to promote peace,...

28th June 2011 - The Hill

Are Taxpayers Funding Palestinians’ Dangerous Unilateralism?

Jonathan Schanzer

The Associated Press reported yesterday that “Palestinian delegations will make the rounds of nearly a dozen countries to try to drum up more support for their bid to have the United Nations recognize a Palestinian state.”

28th June 2011 - The Corner, National Review Online

Will Obama Push Germany to Extradite Islamist Killer of U.S. Soldiers?

Benjamin Weinthal

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan filed charges last week against radical Islamist Arid Uka, who confessed to killing 21-year-old Airman First Class Zachary R. Cuddeback of Virginia and 25-year-old Senior Airman Nicholas J. Alden of South Carolina outside Frankfurt’s international airport...

28th June 2011 - National Post

How the Taliban Ends

Jonathan Kay

In March, 2004, Israeli soldiers manning the Hawara checkpoint near Nablus witnessed a shocking site: An adolescent Palestinian boy named Abdu lifted up his shirt to reveal a large suicide vest. Everyone braced for an explosion.

27th June 2011 - The Jerusalem Post

Dutch MP Calls to Slash Funding of Anti-Israel NGOs

Benjamin Weinthal

A panel in the Dutch parliament earlier this month titled “To discuss the activity of NGOs in Israel and Palestine” has generated a heated debate among lawmakers and the heads of major Dutch NGOs about the legitimacy of boycotts targeting Israel and advocacy for a “one-state...

26th June 2011 - The Rosett Report

Ban Ki-Moon Congratulates Iranian Fox for Guarding the Hen House?

Claudia Rosett

Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse, Iran is now offering to coordinate counter-terrorism activities for us all. At a two-day “counter-terrorism” conference just hosted in Tehran and attended by such eminences as the presidents of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Sudan

25th June 2011 - Ynet News

Passionate About Jew-Hate

Benjamin Weinthal

Germany’s Left Party passed a resolution earlier this month barring the party’s parliamentary representatives and employees from participating in the upcoming flotilla to break Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip, which remains under the control of the terrorist organization...

25th June 2011 - Gay City News

Queers Should Focus on Arab World and Iran, Not Israel

Benjamin Weinthal

The LGBT communities of the world are now confronted with a strange fusion of homophobic radical Islamists and extreme left-wing groups.

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