For the full text of all my articles in PajamasMedia go here. “The international experience of dealing with Bashar [Assad] gave us no confidence to trust his words. We suspected he would employ excuses, trickery and delays.” [Jeffrey Feltman, then U.S. ambassador to Lebanon, quoted in Michael Young, The Ghost of Martyrs Square, p.52.] Feltman […]
Archives for June 2011
I cannot possibly praise Melanie Phillips highly enough. She presents the basic problems of the Western debate and its rampant insanity with brilliance and clarity. I urge you to watch this brief lecture of hers and promise that you will learn a great deal and understand a great deal better.
This article discusses why the United States was in Afghanistan, why it failed to achieve its goals, why the Obama administration set the wrong goals, what Obama didn’t tell the American people, what he failed to learn, what he should have done, and wider lessons showing the incompetent and counterproductive policies of this administration. I […]
This article was published in the Jerusalem Post. I own the rights and this version is somewhat different from the published one. Here’s the West’s biggest problem at this moment in the Middle East (there will be bigger ones soon): The creation of an absolute fantasy world in place of the actual real Middle East. […]
In the absence of U.S. leadership, others want to direct the Middle East. The battle is becoming a competition of radicals as to who is going to run the region. That’s what happened in the 1950s and 1960s and it isn’t good. Then, the competition was between Egypt, Syria, and Iraq. Today, the contestants are […]
Speaking to Jewish donors (or should we say possible Jewish donors?) to his presidential campaign, President Barack Obama pledged that his administration would “devote all of its creative powers” to trying to bring about Mideast peace. This is not an art project. What is needed is not “creative powers” but to deal with the actual, real […]