Obama the Realist

by Paul R. Pillar Jeffrey Goldberg’s long article in the Atlantic about Barack Obama’s thinking on America’s foreign relations, an article derived from a series of interviews that Goldberg had with the president, ought to be required reading for this… Continue Reading  

Bibi, the Failed Peace Process, and the Future of Linkage

by Eli Clifton Just a few days before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sat down with President Obama in the Oval Office to discuss the long-stalled Israel-Palestinian peace process and Israel’s ask for $5 billion in annual military aid, the occupying… Continue Reading  

Dennis Ross: Blame America First!

by Ali Gharib The excerpt from former Obama administration official Dennis Ross’s new book, which ran recently in Politico Magazine, is a remarkable document. The excerpt is headlined “How Obama Got to ‘Yes’ on Iran: The Inside Story,” but that’s… Continue Reading  

AIPAC Bristles at Obama’s Reminder of Iraq War Lobbying

by Eli Clifton Following the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961, John F. Kennedy famously told the gathered press corps that “victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan.” Judging by the pushback against President Obama’s… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Anti-Semitism: Irrational or Irrelevant?

by Ali Gharib Last week, the journalist Jeffrey Goldberg published an interview with President Obama. It’s a fascinating read, and Goldberg’s write-up as well as the full transcript are entirely worth your time. The interview focuses on Obama’s Middle East policies and,… Continue Reading