by | Nov 28, 2017

On November 17, 2017, I read what was written about me in your newspaper [“‘Journalist’ Ayat Oraby: Mainstream or Extreme?” by Samantha Rose Mandeles], and before commenting on what was written, let me share with you some memories of the…

by | Nov 5, 2017

A mere sixty-seven words helped alter the course of history. A century years ago this past week, November 2, 1917, the Balfour Declaration was issued, declaring British support for the establishment within the then-Ottoman Empire territory of Palestine of a…

by | Sep 20, 2017

National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and his predecessor Mike Flynn do not see eye to eye on Islamism. McMaster, from the now outdated CENTCOM playbook, is having none of the talk about Islamism. He continues to espouse the discredited Palestinian…

by | Jun 12, 2017

About a week ago, four Arab countries — Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates — declared an economic embargo on a fifth, Qatar, saying that Qatar’s support for terrorist groups was too great for them to tolerate….

by | Jun 9, 2017

Last Sunday, on the eve of the 50th anniversary of Israel’s Six-Day War, I drove out onto Old Hickory Boulevard near my Nashville home, savoring the Predators’ first-ever victory in a Stanley Cup finals game, one gained at the Penguins’…

by | Jun 5, 2017

Seven countries (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, the UAE, and the Maldives) suddenly cut diplomatic ties with Qatar Monday morning, following longstanding tensions in the Gulf Region. This action has gone beyond simply having diplomats recalled, borders have been closed, and…

by | May 29, 2017

At Sigonella Naval Air Station in Italy, his last stop on his first foreign trip, President Trump declared the trip a “home run.” At best, it was a stand-up double. Even that’s a generous grade, given the point at which…

by | May 29, 2017

President Donald Trump may find Washington a hostile home lurking with political foes who want payback for his harsh rhetoric on the campaign trail. Funny thing, though: On his first foreign trip as president, the one-time isolationist found forgiveness and…

by | May 26, 2017

Middle Easterners first had to deal with an American president who employed military power in the region, trying to advance “regime change” and “nation building.” Then came a president who was hoping to reduce military intervention in that part of…

by | May 22, 2017

Observe, first of all, that President Donald Trump took the battle to the enemy. By contrast, and in order to not let bygones be bygones, President Barack Obama let the enemy define the battle. The 44th president, a Democrat, took…

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