John Podhoretz Denies U.S. Aid to Mubarak had Anything to Do With Palestine

Commentary editorial director and Weekly Standard co-founder John Podhoretz has an op-ed in today’s New York Post. Podhoretz, not wasting an opportunity to float a “linkage”-denying argument, says that the pro-democracy protests in Egypt show that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is… Continue Reading  

Davos Panel Agreed that Military Strike on Iran Would be Disastrous

While most other news has been justifiably overshadowed by the rapidly developing events in Egypt, a report on a discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos is worth calling attention to. A panel, which included “card carrying realist” (although… Continue Reading  

Why Washington Clings to a Failed Middle East Strategy

By Gareth Porter The death throes of the Mubarak regime in Egypt signal a new level of crisis for a U.S. Middle East strategy that has shown itself over and over again in recent years to be based on nothing… Continue Reading  

The Daily Talking Points

News and views on U.S.-Iran relations for January 29 – January 31: Council on Foreign Relations: Elliott Abrams blogs on the jailed American hikers and USAID contractor in Iran and concludes that it is time for the Obama administration to… Continue Reading  

Wolfowitz: Tunisia/Egypt DO NOT Vindicate Iraq War

Well, not quite. But the former Pentagon under-secretary and current AEI scholar has something to say on the subject. A recent neoconservative meme has been to assert that the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt that are imperiling dictatorial regimes owe… Continue Reading