Analysis & Commentary


10th January 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Obama’s Flexible Red Lines

Tony Badran

In response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s latest address, US officials and spokespersons have dismissively described the embattled dictator as someone “detached from reality” and “delusional,”...

10th January 2013 - The Weekly Standard

Assad’s Cabinet

In December, the Obama administration acted on intelligence showing that Bashar al-Assad was preparing to use chemical weapons against his own people. Obama publicly warned the Syrian president...

7th January 2013 - Quoted by Aamer Madhani, USA Today

Obama Sticks to Circle of Friends for National Security Posts

Mark Dubowitz

In his first term, President Obama purposefully set out to build an administration that, while not quite Abraham Lincoln's Team of Rivals, insured that his most prominent advisers included some that were...

7th January 2013 - The Truman Project

The Political Prospects of an Open Fuel Standard in Obama’s Second Term

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

At the beginning of President Obama’s first term, there was reason to believe that an Open Fuel Standard (OFS) could pass within four years. It did not, and now the OFS faces a different political climate...

7th January 2013 - Al Jazeera English

Inside Story

Clifford D. May

Is Chuck Hagel the man for the job? FDD's Clifford May weighs in.

7th January 2013 - Cited by Affan Chowdhry, The Globe and Mail

Obama Names Veteran Adviser to CIA

President Barack Obama picked trusted White House adviser John Brennan to be the next CIA director – rounding out his national security team with the architect of an expanded drone program that...

7th January 2013 - Fox News

Happening Now

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Mark Dubowitz discusses President Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary and John Brennan for CIA Director.

7th January 2013 - PBS

Newshour

Reuel Marc Gerecht

FDD's Reuel Marc Gerecht discusses the nominations of Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary and John Brennan for Director of Central Intelligence.

5th January 2013 - The Weekly Standard

Iran’s Supreme Investor

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Last month, the Obama administration added seven new Iranian companies, because of proliferation concerns, to the ever-growing list of sanctioned Iranian entities. Yet, as important as this latest move is...

4th January 2013 - Quoted by Matthew Weaver, The Guardian

Obama Administration’s ‘Failings’ on Syria

Tony Badran

It is hard to dispute claims that Syria will be seen as one of the biggest foreign policy failures of the Obama administration, according to analyst Tony Badran. Speaking to the Guardian, Badran...

3rd January 2013 - Tablet

Russia, Wannabe Superpower

Maybe Mitt Romney was right. The failed Republican presidential candidate got ripped during the campaign when he called [1] Russia our “No. 1 geopolitical foe,” but he seems to have had a clearer...

2nd January 2013 - Foreign Policy

Does the GOP Need a New Foreign Policy?

John Hannah

Danielle Pletka's thought-provoking piece on the future of foreign policy in the Republican Party deserves more systematic and fulsome treatment than time and space currently allow. Some random...

1st January 2013 - New York Daily News

Chuck Hagel’s History of Homophobia

In June 1999, President Bill Clinton named Jim Hormel Ambassador to Luxembourg. Ambassadorships to cushy places like Luxembourg — a landlocked country of 1,000 square miles with half a million inhabitants...

28th December 2012 - Quoted by Arshad Mohammed and Justyna Pawlak and Warren Strobel, Reuters

Inside the West’s Economic War with Iran

Mark Dubowitz

In his first week as U.S. president, Barack Obama told Iran's leaders he would extend a hand if they would "unclench their fist" and persuade the West they weren't trying to build a nuclear bomb.

27th December 2012 - National Review Online

Obama Needs to Push EU to Ban Hezbollah

Benjamin Weinthal

Senator Joseph Lieberman (I., Conn.) sponsored a resolution earlier this month urging “the President to make available to European allies and the European public information about Hizballah’s terrorist activities.”

27th December 2012 - Scripps Howard News Service

Assad Is So Out of Vogue

Clifford D. May

It seems like only yesterday that Bashar al-Assad was being courted by progressive Western politicians even as he conspired with Iranian jihadists and Kremlin strongmen. And it was less than two years...

22nd December 2012 - Cited by Josh Gerstein, Politico

John Kerry’s Challenges Ahead

Jonathan Schanzer

“Kerry’s not going to surprise Obama the way Madeleine Albright surprised Bill Clinton over Kosovo,” said Kori Schake, a Hoover Institution fellow who served as foreign policy adviser to Sen. John McCain’s...

21st December 2012 - Quoted by Luke Mogelson, The New Republic

The Last Men

Thomas Joscelyn

Eleven years later, almost to the week, Griffis’s time in Afghanistan, along with that of the last of the additional forces sent there by President Obama in early 2010, came to an end. Charlie Troop pulled out...

16th December 2012 - Cited by Sharona Schwartz, The Blaze

‘Generous’: Remember John Kerry’s Praise of Syrian Dictator Assad?

Jonathan Schanzer

With multiple reports circulating that President Barack Obama will nominate Sen. John Kerry to be his next secretary of state, it’s worth remembering the praise the Democratic senator has in the past...

14th December 2012 - NOW Lebanon

Assad’s Chemical Card

Tony Badran

Last week, president Obama issued another warning to Syria’s embattled dictator against making the “tragic mistake” of using chemical weapons (CW). There remain a number of real scenarios in which...

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