Malarkey on the Potomac

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Five Bedrock Washington Assumptions That Are Hot Air by Andrew J. Bacevich “Iraq no longer exists.” My young friend M, sipping a cappuccino, is deadly serious. We are sitting in a scruffy restaurant across the street from the Cathedral of St.… Continue Reading  

Israelis Sad to See Hagel Go

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by Marsha B. Cohen The resignation of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Monday, Nov. 24 after less than two years in his post was all over the morning news here in the United States. But the story was ultimately trumped by the imminent… Continue Reading  

The Danger of Derailing the Iranian Nuclear Deal

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by Paul Pillar Inflection points in the history of U.S. foreign relations sometimes are marked by new departures and new roads taken. But they might instead entail blown opportunities to take new and better roads, with significant damage resulting from… Continue Reading  

Why Israel Opposes A Final Nuclear Deal with Iran and What to Do About It

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by Robert E. Hunter November 24 is the deadline for six world powers and Iran to reach a final deal over its nuclear program. If there is no deal, then the talks are likely to be extended, not abandoned. But… Continue Reading  

Netanyahu and Obama: Name-Calling and its Discontents

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by Mitchell Plitnick The obsession in politics and diplomacy with decorum–largely a relic from the past–can easily distract people from the realities of the present. Case in point, the uproar over Jeffrey Goldberg’s latest article in the Atlantic, the headline of… Continue Reading