America vs. ISIS: Be Careful What You Wish For

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by Wayne White The US media and politicians from both parties have hyped the Islamic State (IS, ISIS or ISIL) threat, shifting public opinion dramatically in favor of wide-ranging air strikes. This has pressured the White House toward a more… Continue Reading  

Obama’s Speech on ISIS: The Big Picture

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by Robert E. Hunter “Those who in quarrels interpose, are apt to get a bloody nose.” —Lord Palmerston on keeping Britain from supporting the South in the American Civil War. This Wednesday night President Obama will lay out his strategy… Continue Reading  

Iranian Nuclear Deadlock: In Search of the Magic Formula

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by François Nicoullaud A shadow of doubt is spreading over the negotiation between Iran and world powers as the gap over the key issue of the acceptable size and scope of the Iranian enrichment program slowly reveals itself as unbridgeable. The inability… Continue Reading  

Kissinger on Iran: Belts, Empires, and Getting it Wrong

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by John Limbert Henry Kissinger may be the grand old man of US foreign policy, but when it comes to understanding Iran, his analytical skills have begun to fade. In his NPR discussion with Scott Simon, broadcast Sept. 6, Kissinger… Continue Reading  

Criticize Israel At Your Own Risk

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by Mitchell Plitnick I’d like to pose a question. Do you believe that someone who writes the following letter should be forced out of his position as chaplain at an Ivy League university?