Analysis & Commentary

7th April 2011 - Scripps Howard News Service

From Benghazi to Tel Aviv

Clifford D. May

The so-called International Community has justified military intervention in Libya on humanitarian grounds: Col. Moammar Qaddafi was threatening mass murder in Benghazi. Fair enough. But for years, Iran has been threatening mass murder in every city, town and village of Israel. So, too, has...

6th April 2011 - Standpoint

Too Little, Too Late

Emanuele Ottolenghi

A no-fly zone over Libya may still turn the tide, lead to the ousting of Colonel Gaddafi and facilitate an orderly transition to democracy led by the rebel forces based in Benghazi. At a minimum, military action may mitigate civilian suffering in Libya's rebellious east.

6th April 2011 - inFocus

The China Conundrum

How significant that the architect of the original U.S. overture to China now feels compelled to write a primer on averting war with his own creation. Henry Kissinger's essay, "Avoiding a U.S.-China cold war," published in the Washington Post on the eve of the recent U.S.-China summit, was...

6th April 2011 - Wall Street Journal

The Flexible Fuel Answer to OPEC

James Woolsey

Last week, President Barack Obama delivered a highly anticipated speech on our country's energy future. His implicit message? "No, we can't."

6th April 2011 - The New Criterion

Honoring the Compact

In an age when judges are habituated to invent rather than apply the law, a written Constitution is a thing of irony. We’ve become exactly what constitutions are designed to prevent: a nation not of laws but of men—er, sorry, of people. And not of just any people: We’ve become a nation...

6th April 2011 - National Review Online

Why Is the Continuing Resolution Issue Time Rather Than Subject Matter?

Since we are now down to the juvenilia of fighting over one-week continuing resolutions (CRs) incorporating budget cuts that are laughably tiny given the red sea of debt we are in, I have a question: Why is time rather than subject matter driving this train?

5th April 2011 - National Review Online

Not Unlawful, Not an Enemy Combatant

Is there a limit to the damage this government is willing to do to American credibility and security in its sudden haste to rid the world of Moammar Qaddafi — known until recently as a valuable new American ally? Here’s the latest: Sen. Lindsey Graham is ready to make a mockery of...

5th April 2011 - The Commentator

Iran Looks on as the West Wrestles with Contradictions Over Libya Intervention

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Sometime in the next few months, Col. Moammar Gaddafi was meant to turn over the remaining mustard gas he still has in stock. He had agreed to relinquish his weapons of mass destruction to the West in 2004, after seeing Saddam Hussein’s regime perish under the crushing weight of American...

5th April 2011 - National Review Online

Baradei’s Promise to Declare War on Israel

Mario, how could you say the execrable Mohammed El Baradei is “obviously playing to public opinion” by threatening war against Israel. I thought we’d been told that there is a blossoming Arab spring of freedom and democracy, spearheaded by liberty lovers who — to borrow Condi...

5th April 2011 - National Review Online

More On Koran Burning

Jonah, my problem with the Koran burning stunt is that it is counterproductive. I hear what you’re saying about decency. But on that score, I don’t find the burning any more offensive in principle than I do its opposite extreme: the bizarro hyper-reverence with which the Koran is handled...

4th April 2011 - National Review Online

Obama Administration Decision to Return KSM to the Military Courts

The Obama administration’s decision to return the case of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the other 9/11 mass-murderers to a military commission demonstrates, yet again, that the American people can force reversals in bad government policy by protesting strongly against them.

4th April 2011 - National Review Online

No More Dhimmitude

As always, Mark leaves nothing left to say regarding Sen. Lindsey Graham — though I am tempted to suggest that maybe the country would have been better off if he hadn’t exercised his First Amendment right to offer help beefing up the Libyan regime when he was a special guest in...

2nd April 2011 - The Long War Journal

Ex-Gitmo Detainee Training Libyan Rebels in Derna

Thomas Joscelyn

A former Guantanamo detainee who spent nearly six years in detention at Cuba is training Libyan rebels in the city of Derna, according to The Wall Street Journal's Charles Levinson.

1st April 2011 - National Review Online

Why Has Germany Snubbed Obama over Iran Sanctions?

Benjamin Weinthal

Berlin — According to a front-page story in the main German business daily the Handelsblatt, “Although [Iran] is subject to strict economic sanctions by the EU and USA, Germany helps in circumventing them.” New disclosures this week have catapulted the Hamburg-based Iranian bank EIH,...

1st April 2011 - Pajamas Media

The Senate and the No-Fly Zone: The Legend Begins

Out of extremely thin air, the Obama administration is now conjuring the narrative that Congress actually did approve a Libyan no-fly zone before President Barack Obama signed onto the project with the United Nations. Speaking last Sunday on ABC’s This Week, Secretary of State Hillary...

1st April 2011 - Power Line

J-Street Defends the Indefensible

J-Street suffered a humiliating defeat yesterday on Capitol Hill -- which means Israel scored an important victory.

1st April 2011 - National Review Online

How the Most Transparent Administration in History Gets a Transparent Congressional Debate on War in

Greetings from sunny southern California, where I’m nearing the end of a week of speechifying. … Speaking of which, that sure was some senate debate on whether we should go to war with Libya, didn’t you think? No? You didn’t hear it? Funny thing, neither did anyone else apparently...

31st March 2011 - Forward

LGBT Activists Should Know Friends From Foes

Benjamin Weinthal

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in the Muslim world face lethal homophobia. Yet too many LGBT progressives in the West — Jews and non-Jews alike — focus their ire on Israel, branding it a pariah state and placing themselves on the wrong side of history.

31st March 2011 - The Long War Journal

Ex-Gitmo Detainee Criticizes Saudis in Latest Edition of Inspire

Thomas Joscelyn

The fifth and latest edition of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's Inspire magazine contains an article written by Ibrahim Rubaish, a former Guantanamo detainee, who criticizes the Saudi government.

31st March 2011 - Jerusalem Post

German Gov’t, Iranian Bank EIH Circumvent Sanctions’

Benjamin Weinthal

BERLIN – New disclosures earlier this week have catapulted the scandal-plagued Hamburg-based Europäisch- Iranische Handelsbank (EIH), the German Foreign Ministry and Germany's Central Bank (Deutsche Bundesbank) into a new controversy about Germany


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