Analysis & Commentary

22nd July 2010 - Scripps Howard News Service

Imagine a Nuclear Iran

Clifford D. May

It’s been said that a diplomat is a gentleman paid to go abroad and lie for his country. Sometimes, however, diplomats slip up and tell the truth. In response to a question at the hopefully named Aspen Ideas Festival this month, Yousef al-Otaiba, the ambassador from the United Arab...

22nd July 2010 - National Review Online

Khalidi’s Audacity of Hope

Earlier this month, hosting Benjamin Netanyahu — the Israeli prime minister he had humiliated back in March — President Obama was at pains to prove he is not hostile to the Jewish state. In fact, he took umbrage at a reporter’s suggestion that his administration is not committed to...

21st July 2010 - Weekly Standard

Clapper and the Sprawling Intelligence Bureaucracy

Thomas Joscelyn

Yesterday’s confirmation hearing for Lt. Gen. James Clapper, who is poised to take over as the new director of National Intelligence, highlighted a fundamental challenge facing America’s intelligence community (IC). How much, and in what ways, should the sprawling intelligence...

21st July 2010 - Jerusalem Post

Germany’s Chance to Get Serious on Sanctions

Benjamin Weinthal

The European Union is slated this week to wrap up its new round of sanctions. The goal is to force Teheran to suspend its illicit nuclear program. After years of drowsiness, the EU is now amenable to inflicting real economic pain on the Iranian

21st July 2010 - Weekly Standard

Will Germany Continue to Prop up Iran’s Financial Terror Entities?

Benjamin Weinthal

The European Union is slated this week to wrap up a new round of sanctions. Their goal is to force Iran to suspend its illicit nuclear program. After years of inaction, the European Union is now amenable to inflicting real economic pain on the Iranian

20th July 2010 - Weekly Standard

Disconnecting the Dots, Part 2

Thomas Joscelyn

Late last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block the transfer of a Guantanamo detainee named Farhi Saeed Bin Mohammed to his home country of Algeria. Mohammed claims that he will be tortured or killed if he is returned to Algeria. The Obama administration argued that his fears are...

20th July 2010 - National Review Online

Obama Pal Rashid Khalidi Back in the News for Aiding Hamas

President Obama’s good friend, former PLO mouthpiece Rashid Khalidi, is back in the news. He has signed an appeal for funds to outfit another ship that, like the “peace flotilla,” would try to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza, the territory controlled by Hamas — the foreign...

20th July 2010 - NOW Lebanon

Turkey Plays Out Of Its League

Tony Badran

Two months after the Gaza flotilla affair, it seems the wager made by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, namely to boost his domestic standing while making a bid for regional primacy with an American blessing, has not panned out. And with that, President Barack Obama’s designs...

20th July 2010 - The Long War Journal

The African Union’s Beleaguered Somalia Mission

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Being an African Union peacekeeper in Somalia must be one of the world's worst jobs, even in a down economy. The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is a bootstrap operation whose troops face rocket attacks, suicide bombers, and improvised explosive devices. They do this in service of...

19th July 2010 - National Review Online

Re: The Post’s National Security ‘Bombshell’

Clifford D. May

It’s been obvious for a long time that the intelligence community (IC) is in urgent need of reform. Among the most egregious symptoms...

19th July 2010 - Wall Street Journal Europe

Tightening the Sanctions Noose on Tehran

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Mark Dubowitz

In the coming days, the European Union will hopefully adopt tough new measures designed to push Tehran to halt its illegal nuclear activities. "Sanctions have become inevitable," EU leaders said last month in a statement. For years, Europe has been

19th July 2010 - New Atlanticist

Iran Sanctions Saga: Enter the EU

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Next week the European Union will introduce new sanctions against Iran. These new measures, which expand UN sanctions and follow comparable measures in the United States, will target Iranian energy, air transport and shipping lines, and financial

19th July 2010 - The Long War Journal

Two Gitmo Detainees Transferred to Algeria, Cape Verde

Thomas Joscelyn

The Department of Defense announced the transfer of two Guantanamo detainees today. Abdul Aziz Naji, a native of Algeria, was repatriated to his home country. Abd-al-Nisr Mohammed Khantumani, a Syrian, was resettled in Cape Verde, an island republic approximately 300 miles off the west coast...

19th July 2010 - Jerusalem Post

German Bank Funding Iran Nuke Program

Benjamin Weinthal

BERLIN – German authorities are facing criticism because of the role of a Hamburg-based Iranian bank in financing Teheran's nuclear and missile development programs. Europäisch-Iranische Handelsbank (EIH) specializes in financing trade between Europe and

16th July 2010 - The Long War Journal

Jundallah suicide attack targets Iran’s Revolutonary Guards Corps

Bill Roggio

A Sunni terrorist group killed 20 people and wounded more than 100 in a suicide attack that targeted Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps at a mosque in the southeastern city of Zahedan.

16th July 2010 - The Long War Journal

Vigilance in An Age of Constrained Resources

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Let me begin by saying that the reports about large numbers of Somalis being brought into the US illegally are genuinely alarming. Despite that, my interview on Fox Business Channel last night represented a recognizable (though highly entertaining!) descent into insanity.

16th July 2010 - Forbes

Kick North Korea Out Of The U.N.

Claudia Rosett

"Amputations without anesthesia" is the headline some news outlets have culled this week from a new Amnesty International report on "The Crumbling State of Health Care in North Korea." That title is a generous description of a North Korean system in which--apart from perks for Kim Jong Il...

15th July 2010 - The Long War Journal

Uganda attack carried out by Shabaab cell named after slain al Qaeda leader

Bill Roggio

The top leader of Shabaab said that the deadly attacks in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, were carried out by a cell named after an al Qaeda and Shabaab leader slain in Somalia last year. Sheikh Muktar Abdelrahman Abu Zubeyr, Shabaab's spiritual leader, also threatened to carry out further...

15th July 2010 - Scripps Howard News Service

From Berlin to Jerusalem

Clifford D. May

Last month, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, the mufti of Jerusalem, called on Palestinians to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which he said was “threatened by the plans of the enemies of God,” by which he meant Israelis.

15th July 2010 - The Weekly Standard

UN Goldstone Commission Member Equates Israel with Terrorists

Benjamin Weinthal

The anti-Israel, UN sponsored Goldstone Report enters its second phase of its assault on Israel, aiming at stripping that nation of its right to self-defense and legitimacy. (Anne Bayefsky detailed this move here.)

The head of the commission, the German jurist Christian Tomuschat, has a...


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