America and the Middle East after the Islamic State

CIA DIRECTOR TENET IS SWORN IN AT 9/11 HEARING.

by Emile Nakhleh As the Congress ponders President Barack Obama’s request for an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) to fight the Islamic State (ISIS or IS), American policymakers must focus on the “morning after” before they embark on… Continue Reading  

Elliott Abrams Seems Poor Choice to Pronounce on Benghazi

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by Jim Lobe As Republican lawmakers and Fox News have been claiming that the Benghazi “cover-up” scandal will prove even bigger than the Iran-Contra and Watergate scandals combined, Elliott Abrams — who, faced with a slew of felony charges by the Iran-Contra… Continue Reading  

Rick Perry Distorts Texas Historian In His Cozy-Up-To-Israel Op-Ed

Reposted by arrangement with Think Progress There’s a joke that’s been developing over the past several years that you know someone is running for president when they start regularly bringing up the U.S.-Israel alliance. Republican presidential hopeful and Texas governor… Continue Reading  

The Daily Talking Points

News and views on U.S.-Iran relations for February 8: The Washington Post: Jennifer Rubin blogs that, in Israel, “dissent is celebrated, not suppressed.” She bolsters this assertion by citing yesterday’s Herzliya Conference panel on Iran’s nuclear program, characterizing the panel… Continue Reading