by | Oct 30, 2019

Introduction: With the Cold War still raging, I joined a group of 10 American specialists on the Middle East and related topics who traveled to Moscow in November and December 1983. We met intensively over four days with Soviet counterparts…

by | Oct 14, 2019

All of Washington has been atwitter with the president’s recent decision to draw down American forces from their ongoing mission in Syria. The reason is the purported American abandonment — betrayal, in the eyes of many — of the Syrian…

by | Sep 21, 2019

Remembrance: Lingering Hell and Remembered Heroism I learned two huge historical facts emerging from the horror of the Islamist terror atrocities of September 11, 2001: (1) the toll of premature deaths caused by the lingering toxins at Ground Zero is…

by | Jul 10, 2019

Ben Rhodes, former President Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser, once referred to Washington’s foreign-policy establishment as “the Blob.” He was making a reference to the consensus that has become standard in U.S. foreign policy over the past several decades: that…

by | Jul 6, 2019

Having celebrated the 243rd birthday of the American republic, we should take note of two historical instances when July 4 was a significant date in Middle East history. July 4, 1976: As Americans celebrated their bicentennial, a daylong cavalcade of patriotic…

by | Jul 1, 2019

William F. Buckley, Jr., once said that one cannot argue with the invincibly ignorant. To be invincibly ignorant, a person — or a nation — has to be impervious to facts. So it is with Britain, France, and Germany in…

by | Jan 1, 2019

As Americans ponder the lessons of the year gone by, worry about why their clothes don’t fit, weigh the virtues of fresh water vs. rye whiskey, and compare the benefits of tiddlywinks and free-style swimming, it dawns upon large swathes…

by | Oct 13, 2018

Sir Winston Churchill once quipped that, “Americans will always do the right thing, only after they have tried everything else.” Unfortunately, in the Middle East, doing the right thing is often the wrong thing to do for the national interest….

by | Jul 30, 2018

We’re being deprived of the summer doldrums by the tumult around caused us by such things as Bob Mueller’s endless investigation and cutie pie Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s imitations of Joe Biden’s malapropisms. Instead of dwelling on those things, we need to…

by | Jun 22, 2018

Re: Brandon J. Weichert, “Repeal the Leahy Law”: To The Editor: In “Realism in foreign policy is undercut by utopian gestures” (6/12/18), Brandon Weichert argues that the Leahy laws should be repealed. My first suggestion is that he read the…

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