June 29, 2014

Define 'Moderation' President Obama

Rami Khouri, Daily Star

The Associated Press

U.S. President Barack Obama’s latest request to Congress to provide $500 million in equipment and training to “appropriately vetted” moderate Syrian opposition forces will provoke lively debate on two issues: First, on whether this is too little, too late to influence events inside Syria; and second, what exactly defines a “moderate” opposition force. These are valid questions related to both how non-Syrian powers are working to bolster or topple President Bashar Assad’s regime, and how everyone is dealing with the growing threat of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Middle East, Barack Obama, Syria


June 20, 2014
Obama, Not Bush, Is Responsible for Iraq
Charles Krauthammer, NRO
Yes, it is true that there was no al-Qaeda in Iraq when George W. Bush took office. But it is equally true that there was essentially no al-Qaeda in Iraq remaining when Barack Obama took office. Which makes Bush responsible for... more ››
June 19, 2014
America's Middle East Dilemma
Victor Davis Hanson, National Review
Whichever bad choice the Obama administration prefers, it should at least level with the American people. Every postwar occupation in our history has dealt with unappreciative and unstable allies such as Maliki — from... more ››
June 23, 2014
The Man Who Broke the Middle East
Elliott Abrams, Politico Magazine
The Middle East that Obama inherited in 2009 was largely at peace, for the surge in Iraq had beaten down the al Qaeda-linked groups. U.S. relations with traditional allies in the Gulf, Jordan, Israel and Egypt were very good.... more ››
June 16, 2014
Can Obama Pull a Nixon on Iraq?
Andrew Bacevich, Los Angeles Times
Obama is not guilty of consciously selling out a former ally. To extricate the United States from an equally unpopular war that he inherited from his predecessor, he merely cut Iraq loose. Perhaps he had little alternative but to... more ››