February 1, 2013

Ike Got Israel Wrong - Will Obama?

Alexander Joffe, The National Interest

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What is the proper balance between firmness and flexibility for U.S. policymakers when dealing with Middle Eastern politics? To what extent does history offer guidelines? The Washington Post’s David Ignatius has reported that Chuck Hagel, nominated to be the next secretary of defense, has given President Obama and others copies of Eisenhower 1956, a book by David A. Nichols about the Suez Crisis of that year, and has endorsed the thirty-fourth president’s hard line against Israel.

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TAGGED: Middle East, Israel, Barack Obama

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