Israel Not Pushing Obama to Arm Syrian Rebels

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by Barbara Slavin via IPS News A lack of Israeli pressure for the U.S. to intervene and Israel’s ability to go after sensitive targets in Syria on its own are factors in the Barack Obama administration’s reluctance to get more… Continue Reading  

Obama Nominates Hagel for Pentagon, Brennan for CIA

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via IPS News Rounding out his second-term foreign policy picks, U.S. President Barack Obama Monday nominated former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to head the Pentagon and his top counter-terrorism adviser, John Brennan, to direct the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The… Continue Reading  

The Tragic Case of Abdulrahman al Awlaki

The grandfather of the 16-year-old American-Yemeni boy who was killed by a CIA drone strike in Yemen last year is suing 4 US officials, including Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Former CIA Director David Petraeus, over his son and grandson’s deaths.… Continue Reading  

“When is a cyberattack an act of war?”

The Washington Post’s Ellen Nakashima examines the question of what constitutes war if the trigger point originates in cyberspace: Deciding what amounts to an act of war is more a political judgment than a military or legal one. International law avoids the phrase… Continue Reading  

Panetta reaffirms U.S.’s “wretched” red line on Iran’s nuclear program

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Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s trip to the Middle East last week included reassuring Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in person, that the U.S. was committed to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon — the U.S.’s “red line” on Iran. Panetta… Continue Reading