Analysis & Commentary

27th August 2010 - Scripps Howard News Service

Muslims + Mainstream Media = Madness

Clifford D. May

Wow! The Washington Post has identified “rabble-rousing outsiders!” I don’t think I’ve heard language like that since southern segregationists complained about young civil rights activists descending on Mississippi. So who are these interlopers stirring up the unwashed masses? No...

26th August 2010 - The Atlantic

A Cold-War Lesson: Be Ready and Willing to Go to the Brink With Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Prognostication is obviously risky. As far as I can tell, no one in the Clinton Administration in 1998, even after al-Qaeida attacked U.S. embassies in Africa, was in favor of fire-bombing the Taliban's front lines against Ahmad Shah Masud's Northern Alliance, the Taliban's training camps,...

26th August 2010 - The Jerusalem Post

Amnesty Int’l Finland: Israel Scum State

Benjamin Weinthal

The head of Amnesty International’s Finnish branch, Frank Johansson, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday that he stands by his statement that Israel is a “scum state.”

26th August 2010 - Journal of Contemporary African Studies

Putting Somali Piracy in Context

An overview of the social, historical, political, and legal backdrop against which the challenge of Somali piracy emerged and in which it continues to thrive despite an unprecedented international naval effort to suppress it.

26th August 2010 - The New Republic

Moderate Muslims Are Not the Answer

Reuel Marc Gerecht

The New Republic’s Jonathan Chait recently underscored a view about Islamic militancy versus the West that is widely held on both the left and right and should be challenged. To quote Mr. Chait:

25th August 2010 - Wall Street Journal

Cracks in the Iranian Monolith

Michael Ledeen

The Iranian regime loves to boast of its military strength, international clout and hold on domestic power. Much of this is accepted by outside experts, but in fact the regime is in trouble. Iran's leaders have lost legitimacy in the eyes of the people, are unable to manage the country's...

25th August 2010 - Forbes

Cashing In On Ground Zero

Among the prime planners of a $100 million Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero, it's not just Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf who is visiting the Middle East this summer at U.S. taxpayer expense. The State Department is also about to send Rauf's wife and Cordoba Initiative fellow director,...

23rd August 2010 - The Long War Journal

Ex-Gitmo Detainee Surrenders in Yemen

Thomas Joscelyn

Yemeni authorities announced on Saturday that a former Guantanamo detainee who rejoined al Qaeda has turned himself in. Ali Hussein al Taiss was a wanted "al Qaeda element," according to Saba News Agency, the official Yemeni news service.

23rd August 2010 - National Review Online

Imam Rauf and the ‘One State Solution’ for the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Understandably, Feisal Rauf's assertion that the U.S. has more innocent blood on its hands than does al-Qaeda is getting lots of attention (see, e.g., Keep America Safe). Something else caught my eye, though.

23rd August 2010 - National Review Online

The Spiraling Consequences of Iran’s Nuclear Drive

Benjamin Weinthal

On Saturday, Iran's Russian enablers jump-started the fueling of the Islamic Republic's first nuclear power plant, Bushehr.

21st August 2010 - The Rosett Report

Imam Feisal’s Trip of ‘Great Importance’: We Have a Sighting in Bahrain

Thank you, New York Post. We have a report Saturday that "[a]ppearing in public for the first time in weeks," the man behind the Ground Zero mosque, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, has surfaced - speaking at a mosque in Bahrain.

21st August 2010 - The Weekly Standard

Former Gitmo Detainee Tried to Kill Saudi Prince

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda really wants to kill Prince Muhammad Bin Naif Bin Abdul Aziz, who is the Saudi deputy interior minister and oversees the Kingdom’s counterterrorism efforts. According to the Saudi Gazette, al Qaeda has tried to kill the prince four times since 2004.

20th August 2010 - Houston Chronicle

Texans Have Opportunity to Deter Iran’s Enablers

Jonathan Schanzer

In the coming weeks, the State Department will provide President Obama with recommendations on how to implement Washington's tough new sanctions on Iran. The law imposes severe financial penalties on Tehran in hopes of preventing it from acquiring a...

20th August 2010 - The Jerusalem Post

Swiss-Iran Gas Deal Sends ‘Wrong Message’

Benjamin Weinthal

BERLIN – Swiss energy giant EGL’s €18 billion gas contract with Iran prompted criticism on Tuesday from the US Embassy.

20th August 2010 - Scripps Howard News Service

Plan B

Clifford D. May

Back in 2007, those of us assigned as "expert advisors" to the Baker-Hamilton Commission were given a straightforward assignment: Come up with a plan to salvage the deteriorating situation in Iraq. Few of us thought that was possible. Only a small minority -- I was perhaps the most vocal --...

20th August 2010 - Foreign Policy

Will the Turkish Flotilla Group Be Named as Terrorists?

Jonathan Schanzer

It's not every day that House Foreign Affairs Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA) and Ed Royce (R-CA), the ranking member of terrorism subcommittee of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, agree on anything. But, when it comes to the terrorist connections of one particular Turkish charity,...

19th August 2010 - The Atlantic

Israel’s Compelling Reasons to Attack, Despite the Uncertainties

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Gary Milhollin's questions about the efficacy of an Israeli strike against Iran's nuclear facilities are surely among those that have most tormented Israeli cabinets and air-force planners. Milhollin's likely-damage assessment seems reasonable -- with the exception of what an Israeli...

18th August 2010 - The Jerusalem Post

Turks Hit PKK with Chemical Weapons

Benjamin Weinthal

BERLIN – German politicians called on Thursday for an international investigation into the reported use of chemical weapons by the Turkish military. The weapons were used against members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), according to the online edition of the German weekly magazine...

17th August 2010 - The Weekly Standard

Obama’s Iran Fantasy

Thomas Joscelyn

Iran is at war with the United States in Afghanistan. Documents released as part of the Wikileaks dump show that U.S. commanders receive regular reports of collusion between the Iranians, al Qaeda, the Taliban, and the Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin (HIG) Islamist group. The Iranians arm, train,...

17th August 2010 - The Daily Caller

Ahmadinejad’s Iran and Bin Laden’s al-Qaeda

Jonathan Schanzer

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad infuriated Americans last week when he claimed that America had exaggerated the death toll from al-Qaeda’s September 11, 2001 attacks.


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