July 22, 2020

Missing Barry Rubin

The late Prof. Barry Rubin

The Obama administration makes mistake after mistake in Syria and in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Unfortunately, Barry Rubin is no longer around to offer his critiques. It is hard to believe that it has been three months since Barry Rubin passed away. With all going on in the world, and especially in the Middle East, Barry’s absence is pronounced as there are few who saw things as clearly as he did. Barry’s essays and columns are not disposable, like those of some … [Read more...]

The End of the “Wrong Side of History”

Russian President Vladimir Putin

President Barack Obama, in criticizing Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s conquest of the Crimean Peninsula, described Putin as standing on the "wrong side of history."  This curious and arresting phrase has become a common usage among western liberals.   It is testimony to their self-confidence, and to their belief that they have accurately read the deeper currents and inevitable direction of human affairs.  These, in the view of the president and his supporters, point … [Read more...]

O’Bagy Shows the Road to Success: Lie for Obama, Kerry, and McCain on Syria

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This is the way the world endsThis is the way the world endsThis is the way the world endsNot with a bang but a whimper. --T.S.  EliotFor one who has made a career as an international political analyst this is the equivalent to the end of the world. Elizabeth O’Bagy was a Georgetown University graduate student. She wrote an article for Atlantic Monthly saying that most Syrian rebels are radical Islamists.Of course. Everyone knows that, even the Syrian rebels.One … [Read more...]

Startling Parallels: Obama Appeasement Policy and British Intelligence Files on Hitler

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Last week, President Barack Obama proposed a policy of allying with the Muslim Brotherhood, the Salafists, and al-Qaeda against Syria.What is amazing about Islamism parallels the debate on appeasing--rather than opposing--Hitler based on newly released British intelligence documents.One of the themes then, as now, was to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, no matter what a violent and threatening past he had. Ideology is ignored.The day after Hitler took power, on January 30, 1933, … [Read more...]

Victory Without Obama

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Kerry shuttle diplomacy? Ha. Let's talk about what is really going on in the Middle East: Chattanooga, Tennessee, November 25, 2020   At the assault on Lookout Mountain, the Union advance faltered against the Confederate lines high atop Missionary Ridge. Suddenly Union soldiers spontaneously advanced without orders led by six flag-bearers, one of them Arthur MacArthur, father of Douglas MacArthur. A Union officer remembered:   “Each battalion assumed a triangular shape, the colors at … [Read more...]

Great Moments in U.S. Diplomatic History! A Quiz

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The young Teddy Roosevelt studying foreign policy from his cat, Slippers. Speak softly but carry a big claw. In this test, find which entry does not belong on this list. 1914: President Woodrow Wilson allies with Britain and France to fight autocracy in World War One and “make the world safe for democracy.” 1941: President Franklin Roosevelt allies with Britain, France, and the USSR to fight fascism and destroy it. 1947: President Harry Truman allies with the Free World to fight … [Read more...]

Egypt: Demonstrators Denounce U.S.-Muslim Brotherhood Alliance

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Check out these anti-Obama posters in Cairo to understand what's wrong with U.S. policy. The opposition--the people on whose side the United States should be--are livid about their view that the United States is backing the Muslim Brotherhood. Note also how the mass media gave much attention to a few anti-Obama demonstrators in South Africa, who criticized him from the far left, but not hundreds of thousands of moderates from the center. A lot of hostility is focused on the U.S. ambassador, … [Read more...]

“Chaos in Middle East Grows as the U.S. Focuses on [Harassing] Israel”

I. Here's the story of the Middle East and of U.S. policy over decades in a few words  in a headline from an article by Mark Landler and Jodi Rudoren:. "Chaos in Middle East Grows as the U.S. Focuses on Israel" I'd call it: Kerry Shuttles as the Middle East Burns Once again the United States is too busy trying to get the Holy Grail of Arab-Israeli peace while every country is in turmoil. Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Iran, etc., are in dangerous crises. Yet the White House stays wake at … [Read more...]

New Moderates! Syrian Rebels, Iranian President, and the Taliban!

Azaz, Syria during the Syrian civil war. After Syria government aerial bombardment (August 18, 2020).

Let’s suppose you feel Iran is the bigger of the two evils, and that Tehran, Hizballah, and Russia cannot be allowed to have a victory in the Syrian civil war. Therefore, the United States must supply weapons to the rebels despite the fact that they are America-hating Islamists. I can understand that argument, but first let’s explore the adventure that the United States and European Union is about to embark on. The cost: U.S. backing for the Sunni Islamist takeover of much of the … [Read more...]

Panic in Washington: Is Iran and Syria’s Regime Winning and What to Do About It?

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  A new, important development has taken place in the Syrian civil war: Western panic that the rebels are losing has replaced optimism. This has spurred a desire to do something about the war. But how can the West do enough to prevent the feared rebel defeat? It isn’t going to intervene directly, nor with a big enough effort to stave off a defeat. Anyway, is a defeat imminent? This has been a war in which every week somebody different is proclaimed the victor. I don’t believe … [Read more...]