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19th May 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Collision Course

Tony Badran

President Obama is on a collision course with his allies on Syria. As Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, France, and Britain call for more aggressive steps to topple Bashar al-Assad...

17th May 2013 - The Atlantic

How Iran Benefits From an Illicit Gold Trade With Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has arrived in Washington, D.C. for a much-anticipated summit with President Barack Obama. The timing of the visit -- amid reports of chemical weapons...

16th May 2013 - Cited by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Bloomberg

Senators Urge Obama to Press Iran by Increased Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

Members of Congress from both parties urged Obama administration officials to impose greater economic pressure to curtail Iran’s nuclear ambitions and punish its human-rights violations.

15th May 2013 - The Weekly Standard

CIA Warned of ‘Jihadist’ Threat to Cairo Embassy

Thomas Joscelyn

The Obama administration’s editing of the Benghazi talking points not only obscured what really happened in Libya on September 11, 2012, it also confused the events of earlier...

14th May 2013 - NPR

The Diane Rehm Show

Clifford D. May

On Sept. 11, 2012, the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked. Four Americans died, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. In the days and months...

13th May 2013 - Quoted by Lee Smith, The Weekly Standard

Disappearing Red Lines

Tony Badran

In his April 30 White House press conference, President Obama explained that there’s evidence chemical weapons have been used in Syria, but “we don’t know how they were used...

9th May 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Israel’s Strategic Clarity in Syria

Tony Badran

It was perhaps fitting that the multiple Israeli strikes in Damascus last week followed Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah’s address from Tehran. Nasrallah had warned last Tuesday...

9th May 2013 - US News & World Report

Obama Administration Muddies the Waters Around Benghazi Details

Thomas Joscelyn

Who killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans on September 11, 2012? Nearly eight months later, the U.S. government has not officially named the specific terrorists responsible...

9th May 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

The Unbearable Lightness of Syria Policy

Clifford D. May

“Arming the rebels — that’s an option. You look at and rethink all options. It doesn’t mean you do or you will. . . . It doesn’t mean that the president has decided on anything.”

8th May 2013 - The Weekly Standard

Disconnecting the Dots in Benghazi

Thomas Joscelyn

Nearly eight months after terrorists killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, the Obama administration still has not explained who, exactly, was responsible.

6th May 2013 - Commentary

Has Assad Already Lost Control of Syria’s Chemical Weapons?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

While the debate continues on the administration’s apparent slip of tongue that is causing some much confusion about President Obama’s Syria policy or rather, lack thereof...

3rd May 2013 - Daily Beast

Obama, Not Congress, Is the Reason Guantánamo Is Still Open

Thomas Joscelyn

During a news conference earlier this week, President Obama was asked about the mass hunger strike at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility.

2nd May 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

Guantanamo’s Hunger Artists

Clifford D. May

The detention camp at Guantanamo Bay was established in 2002 to hold the most dangerous of those captured in what the Bush administration called the Global War on Terrorism.

30th April 2013 - BBC Radio 5

Up All Night

Clifford D. May

President Obama’s declaration that he wants to close the camp at Guantanamo Bay and the current hunger strike as well.

29th April 2013 - Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer discusses the potential use of chemical weapons in Syria and the need for US action.

25th April 2013 - NPR

To The Point

Clifford D. May

Does the US Still Need the Prison at Guantanamo Bay? Barack Obama's first presidential order was to close Guantánamo Bay. Even George W. Bush agreed. But as he began his second term...

25th April 2013 - National Review Online

The Syrian Conundrum

Clifford D. May

President Obama warned the Assad regime not to use chemical weapons against the rebels. To do so, he said, would be to cross a “red line.” So now that it’s been crossed the consequences are . . . unclear.

25th April 2013 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Emanuele Ottolenghi

President Obama's red lines in Iran and Syria.

24th April 2013 - Quoted by Politifact

Rep. Tom Cotton Says More Terrorists have ‘Reached Their Targets’ Under Barack Obama Than Under Bush

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

During a House floor speech just days after the Boston Marathon bombing, Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., sought to compare President Barack Obama’s record on terrorism unfavorably...

23rd April 2013 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Iran Unleashed, Unbowed

Jonathan Schanzer

One of the Obama administration talking points is that it has weakened and isolated the Iranian regime. Aside from the economic beating Iran has taken, there really isn’t any evidence...

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