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We Are Letting Iran Off the Hook

Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

Iraq Is Becoming America's Gaza

Leon Hadar, The American Conservative

Despite the pious promises from Kerry and all of the other defenders of the interim accord that the West had learned its lesson about being strung along by the Iranians, they have ...(full article)

During Israel’s recent war with Hamas, which took place at the same time as the Islamic State was conducting its barbaric campaign in Mesopotamia and the Levant, Prime Minist...(full article)

In an era of fluid and contested borders and indirect and proxy conflicts, the temptation for states to use radical groups for their own policy purposes is substantial....(full article)

At the big table in Paris where 24 world leaders met Monday to discuss a war plan against ISIS, one nation was notably left out. But Iran claims it didn’t want to be there anyw...(full article)

We are in an era of unacknowledged invasions. In military operations ranging from Russia’s incursion into eastern Ukraine to the activities of Iranian military advisers in Iraq...(full article)

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Tehran Keeps Chasing Nukes - John Bolton, Pittsburgh Tribune

ran's nuclear weapons program, now operating largely outside Barack Obama's attention span, is still making steady progress....

Beware of Empowering Iran in IS Fight - David Ernst, The Federalist

The arguments for enabling the Shia Axis to do what must be done in the Middle East through a deft maneuver of Machiavellian-like statecraft are ostensibly compelling; unfortunatel...

U.S. Needs to Get the Politics Right Against IS - Zack Beauchamp, Vox

There's a big problem with President Obama's new war against the Islamic State: it can't be defeated by military means alone. And the more Obama escalates, the more he runs the ris...

Tough on Isis? Iran Senses Weakness - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

After weeks of indecision, President Obama is finally, albeit in a limited manner, mustering U.S. strength to respond to the challenge from ISIS terrorists. But at the same time,...

Obama's ISIS Strategy Buoys Iran - Fabio Rafael Fiallo, RealClearWorld

In his May 28 speech at West Point, President Obama emphasized the need of “thinking through the consequences” when engaging in acts of war. That commendable precept, however, ...

Obama's Coalition of Frenemies - Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

The hardened rhetoric — and, more important, the expanded commitment it promises — came after the Islamic State beheaded two American journalists in Syria and brazenly dared ...

What Syria Fiasco Means for Iran, Gaza - Seth Mandel, Commentary

To say President Obama badly needed a foreign-policy win is an understatement. And there were decent odds he’d eventually get one: as sports fans tend to say about a batter in ...

Iran's Possible Role in Anti-IS Coalition - Joshua Keating, Slate

Any open acknowledgment of cooperation between the United States and Iran with regards to ISIS would likely make the U.S. Congress, hardliners in Tehran, and the Israeli government...

Iran's Tango with Latin America - Yleem D.S. Poblete , TNI

The regime’s immediate priority is influencing or dictating developments in its neighborhood—Iraq, Gaza strip, Syria, Lebanon and certain Gulf states. However, it is expandin...

Will ISIS Pave Way for Iranian Nukes? - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

One of the ongoing conundrums of Middle East politics is the fact that the United States and Iran have wound up on the same side in the conflict against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. But...

U.S.-Iran 'Strategic Relationship' a Bad Bargain - Kim Holmes, TNI

One of the lessons of statecraft is that mistakes tend to compound themselves. Good options disappear and bad ones proliferate. The hole is dug deeper because desperation convinc...

Latest Big Lie: 'We Have No Strategy' - Michael Ledeen, PJ Media

They DO have a strategy, but they prefer to appear indecisive.  That’s because the strategy would likely provoke even greater criticism than the false confession of endless di...

Iran's Great, and Squandered, Potential - Karim Sadjadpour, The Daily Star

During Iran’s 2013 presidential campaign, Hassan Rouhani marketed himself to a wary Iranian public and hard-line political establishment as the man who could reconcile the id...

U.S. and Iran Hit ISIS, Ignore Each Other - Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

With ISIS over-running Syrian bases, the time might seem right for a grand alliance against the Islamic State. But so far, the U.S. isn’t talking to Iran or Syria’s arm...

Iran Looks East, China Pivots West - Dickey & Ighani, The Diplomat

The two countries need each other, in a relationship that seems unlikely to be derailed soon....

Beware of the MEK - Ariane Tabatabai, The National Interest

The MEK is a cult-like dissident group, based outside of Iran, primarily in Iraq and France for much of the past three decades. It was considered a terrorist group by the United St...

Hillary's 'Mission Impossible' Doctrine - Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic

Inaction guarantees that the U.S. won't spend blood and treasure in a way that does not help or inadvertently harms us–though inaction has costs and risks too.  Another way fo...

The Middle East Cold War and U.S. - Michael Tomasky, The Daily Beast

As big a threat as ISIS is, the competition that truly defines the Middle East is the one between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Where do we fit in?...

Iran's Persecution of Baha'i Goes Beyond the Grave - S. Eskandarian, NP

It’s not difficult for me to remember the horrible days of hardship I experienced as a Baha’i teenager, living in Shiraz, Iran, in the early 1980s. As a member of the Baha’i ...

Because of Gaza, Iran & Hamas Are Back Together - Kay Serjoie, Time

Iran and Hamas were once tightly allied, but the Syrian war drove them apart. Now, after the Gaza conflict, the two sides are making up....

If We Must Work with Iran v. ISIS, So Be It - Malcolm Rifkind, Telegraph

As the lessons of history clearly show, distasteful temporary alliances can be the best option....

Iran's Supreme Leader Is Loving the Ferguson Protests - Reid Standish, FP

The supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, rarely skips an opportunity to bash the United States. The tense standoff in Ferguson, Miss., is giving him a new chance to enga...

Obama's Foreign Policy Record: TBD - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

This is all intrinsically connected with optics: America's reputation for power as perceived by its friends and enemies. To wit, the Israelis might not have liked Kissinger or Bake...

Khamenei: Negotiations with U.S. Are Futile - Reza Nejad, IranWire

In a speech to prominent diplomats from around the world, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said today that he firmly believes further negotiations ...

Are Iran and the U.S. Partners Now? - Walter Russell Mead, Am. Interest

America and Iran both want Maliki out of power in Iraq. Does that make them strategic partners in the Middle East?...

Iran's New Gay Executions - Jay Michaelson, The Daily Beast

Conservatives may be the ones voicing the loudest outrage at the hanging of two gay Iranian men -- but not because they’ve suddenly become supporters of LGBT human rights....

Why Iran Fears Iraq's Kurds - Marjan Namazi, The Daily Beast

Shamkhani is a moderate military figure and usually appears in public wearing civilian clothes, but when he met Barzani he was dressed in full navy uniform. “I intentionally me...

Obama's Foreign Policy Failures - Hillary Clinton, The Weekly Standard

I think it was the great Maimonides who taught us, “You must accept the truth from whatever source it comes.” So THE WEEKLY STANDARD is happy to feature this special guest edi...

Why Iran Drags Its Feet - Reuel Marc Gerecht & Mark Dubowitz, Wash Post

No one should be surprised if the supreme leader doesn’t allow negotiations to drag on beyond November, the new deadline, even if the West offers more economic relief. If talks e...

Surviving the Summer of Global Chaos - James Jay Carafano, Nat'l Interest

If Obama really plans to come back from the beach with real long-term plans, he needs to address Iraq, as well as other foreign policy obstacles, in the context of relations with T...

Pity America's Friends - James Kirchick, National Review

Guiding the administration’s hands-off approach to everything in the Middle East (everything, that is, except the Israeli-Palestinian conflict) is the desire to forge accommo...

What in the World Was John Kerry Thinking? - Michael Doran, Mosaic

By seeking reconciliation with Iran, Washington alienates its allies and contributes to ever greater mayhem in the Middle East....

What Would Hamas Do if It Could? - Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic

It is, in my opinion, a dereliction of responsibility on the part of progressives not to try to understand the goals and beliefs of Islamist totalitarian movements....

Rounding Up Journalists in Iran - New York Times

For all the hints of a thaw in Iran’s hard-line behavior since President Hassan Rouhani took office, the government’s oppression of working journalists has continued un...

Hamas Returns to the Resistance Axis - Tony Badran, NOW Lebanon

Notwithstanding Larijani's characterization from March, however, there are changes in how Iran will deal now with Hamas. If the Gaza war is the obligatory portal for reconstituting...

Hamas & Iran Are a Threat to Palestinians - Sayeh Hassan, Ottawa Citizen

Why did Hamas instigate this war by firing hundreds of missiles and mortar shells in the weeks before Israel launched its operation? Why is Hamas continuing to launch missiles desp...

Iran Is the Arsonist of Gaza - Bob Feferman, Times of Israel

Consider this fundamental fact: Since 2005, terrorists from Hamas and Islamic Jihad have fired more than 13,000 rockets at Israeli cities. Has anyone in the western media bothered ...

When Middle East Conflicts Become One - David Brooks, New York Times

It’s amazing how much of the discussion of the Gaza war is based on the supposition that it is still 1979. It’s based on the supposition that the Israeli-Palestinian dispute is...

Iran Should Free Post Journalist Jason Rezaian - Washington Post

So why have Mr. Rezaian, Ms. Salehi and the photographers suddenly become the first American journalists detained in Iran since 2009? Post editors say they have no answers. What is...

A Bright Spot in Obama's Foreign Policy: Iran. Yes, Iran - Matt Duss, TAP

Despite the outcry from the hawks, there are encouraging signs the president has continued support for diplomacy. Speaking at the progressive Netroots Nation conference last weeken...

When Iran Comes in from the Cold... - Payne & Moore, National Interest

With nuclear talks extended for another four months, the P5+1 and Iran have been given a fresh chance to reach an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program. For the past six months,...

Why Iran Fears an Independent Kurdistan - Alex Vatanka, Nat'l Interest

At the heart of Tehran’s anxieties lies a decades-old fear of spillover of the Kurdish self-determination movement, and an independent and secular Kurdistan becoming a geopolit...

When U.S. Downed a Plane and Tried to Cover It Up - Fred Kaplan, Slate

Fury and frustration still mount over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and justly so. But before accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of war crimes or dismissing th...

Hamas Still Has Some Friends Left - Mirren Gidda, Time

Both Qatar — one of the world’s richest states — and Turkey are powerful allies to have, but Hamas might wish for more support given the breadth of the Arab World. It once ...

Farce Continues in Latest Iran Talks - Amir Taheri, New York Post

The latest round of talks in Vienna on Iran’s nuclear program has ended with, guess what, tacit agreement to hold further talks for four more months. Both Iran and the 5+1 grou...

Ahmadinejad Adviser Arrested

A simmering rivalry between Iran’s president and powerful adversaries within the conservative hierarchy spilled into the open on Monday when security forces briefly arrested ...

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