Analysis & Commentary


16th September 2014 - Cited by the Project on Middle East Democracy

President Erdogan Would Welcome Exiled MB Members; Analysts Question Turkey’s Foreign Policy

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he would welcome members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood into the country after Qatar, under pressure from other GCC countries, asked the exiled officials to find refuge elsewhere.

16th September 2014 - Quoted by Paul Alster - Fox News

Qatar’s terror funding makes it more foe than friend to U.S., critics say

David Andrew Weinberg

Qatar has simultaneously been championed as a Western ally in the fight against terror and criticized as the Middle East's chief enabler of radical jihad.

15th September 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

We Called It: Obama Trying to Cozy Up to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Last week we suspected Dennis Ross, former adviser to President Obama, was trying to wave the administration off from its desire to reconcile with Iran.

15th September 2014 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

Who Are These ‘Moderate’ Syrians Obama Wants to Pit Against ISIS?

Jonathan Schanzer

There were few modern democrats among the armed opposition to Assad two years ago. There are far fewer now. So who can Obama trust not to turn Western-supplied weapons against us later?

15th September 2014 - Cited by The Tower

Turkey and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

Jonathan Schanzer

This past week has not been kind to Turkey’s reputation as a moderate Islamic state, or to hopes that it would serve as a potential ally against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

14th September 2014 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - JTA.org

Why Does Qatar Support Hamas?

Jonathan Schanzer

It was the first Persian Gulf state to establish ties with Israel, the first to welcome Israeli students and the only one to allow direct dialing to Israel. Israeli athletes shine on its courts.

12th September 2014 - Quoted by Brett Logiurato - Business Insider

Obama May Have Just Dealt A Crushing Blow To Russia’s Oil Exploration

Mark Dubowitz

New U.S. sanctions handed down on Friday are designed to effectively "shut off" Russian oil conglomerates from oil exploration projects, U.S. officials said, in a move aimed squarely at Russia's $425 billion-a-year petroleum industry.

12th September 2014 - Quoted by David Jackson and Oren Dorell - USA Today

Obama Team Unveils New Russia Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration and European allies are expanding their economic battle against Russia, including new sanctions that target its largest bank as well as the financial, energy and defense sectors.

12th September 2014 - Cited by Andrew C. McCarthy - National Review Online

From No Strategy to Sorry Strategy

Benjamin Weinthal, Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

Two weekends ago, i.e., between President Obama’s admission that he had no strategy for confronting the Islamic State terrorist organization and his adoption of a sorry strategy this week, I contended here that...

12th September 2014 - Cited by Benjamin Weinthal - The National Review Online

No Time to Forget Iran’s Terrorism

Bill Roggio

To confront America’s enemies, the Obama administration needs to relentlessly confront al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, and the most potent sponsor of state-sponsored terrorism: the Islamic Republic of Iran.

12th September 2014 - Quoted by Martin Weiss - Echo24.cz

‘Putin se musí bát. Ekonomické války i zbraní’

Mark Dubowitz

V politice Západu vůči Rusku musí vzniknout program asymetrických protiopatření: sankcí a agresivní diplomacie, říká v rozhovoru pro Týdeník ECHO Mark Dubowitz, který „vymýšlel“ americké sankce vůči Íránu.

12th September 2014 - Quoted by Dugald McConnell and Brian Todd - CNN

Obama’s Critics Dismiss Yemen, Somalia Airstrikes as Model to Fight ISIS

Thomas Joscelyn

When President Barack Obama said that U.S. strategy to combat the terror group ISIS could follow the models of strikes in Yemen and Somalia, it drew a swift rebuttal from some top Republicans.

12th September 2014 - Quoted by Krishnadev Calamur - NPR

Are Yemen And Somalia Good Examples Of U.S. Anti-Terror Strategy?

Bill Roggio

President Obama in his speech Wednesday night said the strategy the U.S. would pursue against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria would be similar to how it targeted al-Qaida affiliates in Yemen and Somalia.

11th September 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

How should Republicans respond to Obama’s speech on the Islamic State?

Clifford D. May

As Republicans contemplate their response to the president’s speech, they would do well to consider his omissions and strange notions about whom we are fighting and what sort of threat our foes pose.

11th September 2014 - Cited by Ishaan Tharoor - The Washington Post

Yemen and Somalia Are Examples of U.S. Mission Creep, Not Success

In his speech Wednesday night, President Obama laid out in somewhat unclear terms the planned U.S. campaign to combat the Islamic State, a murderous terrorist organization that has gained strength in the midst of political chaos in Iraq and Syria.

11th September 2014 - Quoted by Daniel Solomon - Al Jazeera America

Boko Haram’s Predatory State Within a Predatory State

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has cemented its control over several villages and towns in the country’s contested northeast in renewed attacks over the past few weeks. On Sept. 7, Boko Haram fighters took control of Michika, a trading hub near Nigeria’s border with Cameroon....

11th September 2014 - Quoted by Bruce Wallace - PRI

ISIS Has Mastered High-End Video Production in its New Propaganda Wing

The terrorist group ISIS is known for its sophisticated social media outreach. Now it seems they are bringing that sophistication to their video propaganda, too.

10th September 2014 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - JNS

The Danger of Depending on Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer

Here’s the good news: the Obama administration has finally grasped that the onslaught of the Islamic State terror group through Iraq and Syria needs to be defeated and destroyed.

10th September 2014 - Quoted by Cumhuriyet

U.S. Congress All Out on Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer

In a congress subcommittee hearing, Turkey and Qatar were accused of terrorism finance. The Congress foreign relations subcommittee held a hearing were poisonous commentary about Turkey were spoken.

10th September 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Dick Cheney: How Obama and the isolationists got it wrong

Jonathan Schanzer, Mark Dubowitz

By delightful coincidence, former Vice President Dick Cheney delivered a previously scheduled speech on the same day President Obama is due to speak to the nation about the Islamic State, or rather speak again about the Islamic State, which, yes, Obama really did, once call the “JV” team...

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