Iran’s Anti-Semitism: Irrational or Irrelevant?

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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  

Currying Favor at Camp David

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by Paul R. Pillar As crown princes and other leaders of Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf meet this week with President Obama, the first thing to keep in mind as background to this encounter is a truth that the… Continue Reading  

Why Did We Invade Iraq?

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by Charles Davis  I was 18 years old and as dumb as an 18-year-old, and even I knew we were invading Iraq for no good reason and that thousands of good people were going to die awful deaths because of… Continue Reading  

Leadership and Climate Change

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by Jim Lobe While this blog is devoted to U.S. policy toward the Middle East, it should come as no surprise to regular readers that I regard climate change as likely to be the greatest challenge faced by the United… Continue Reading  

4 National Security Advisers, Friedman Voice Support for Hagel

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As the fight over the possible nomination of Sen. Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense continues, it’s worth noting two new contributions in his favor. In a letter to the editor to the Washington Post, whose initial, remarkably silly editorial… Continue Reading