Are They Syrias?

John Kerry and Chuch Hagel argue today for Barack Obama’s policy proposal of meeting with Syria’s Hafez Assad. Well, they’re certainly right that doing so “could redefine the strategic landscape in the Middle East.” Let’s look at their argument: The recent announcement of peace negotiations between Israel and Syria through Turkey, and the agreement between the Lebanese factions in Qatar – both apparently without meaningful … Continue reading Are They Syrias?

The Gathering Storm

Barry Rubin writes of the fall of Lebanon, the threat Iran poses to the United States, and Obama’s evident lack of preparation to meet it. (HT: Power Line) I appreciate his comparison of the fall of Lebanon, in which we and other Western powers have acquiesced, to the fall of Czechoslovakia. As Churchill said, “we have sustained a total and unmitigated defeat.” Rubin puts his … Continue reading The Gathering Storm

University of [insert state here] at Where?

The University of Texas at Austin, the University of California at Berkeley, and Stanford University have entered into a partnership with Saudi Arabia on King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, a graduate-level institution being constructed in Dhahran. The University of Connecticut, Michigan State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Boston University, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School have entered into partnerships or created branches … Continue reading University of [insert state here] at Where?

Middle East Muddles

Shrinkwrapped reviews evidence of an impending Middle East war, but finds reasons for optimism. Caroline Glick doesn’t. I share her bafflement at the Bush administration’s failure to articulate what is really going on, and what has been going on for the past five years: WHAT IS most striking about the Bush administration’s unwillingness to reveal the nature of the Israeli raid to Congress is how … Continue reading Middle East Muddles

Tragedy in Jerusalem

Yesterday a driver at a yeshiva in Jerusalem opened fire, killing 8. Hamas claimed responsibility; residents of the Gaza Strip rejoiced. The spectacle is sickening but also thought-provoking. How does one respond to such an enemy? Roger Simon finds himself tempted to recommend an ultimatum and, then, when it inevitably fails, going all Dresden on the Gaza Strip. I’m fine with demanding that Gaza act … Continue reading Tragedy in Jerusalem

Sleepless in Sderot

Laura Bialis gives a first-hand report, which includes these reflections: I look at the press from the West and get very angry. Its mostly about their injuries. Another article about Palestinian protests about our attacks. This is ridiculous. If there were no rockets raining on us the IDF wouldn’t have anything to do there. I don’t like the way we are portrayed. We don’t want … Continue reading Sleepless in Sderot

Hezbollah on Alert

Wretchard connects some dots, noting that Hezbollah and its sponsors (Syria, Iran) appear to be startled at Mugniyeh’s assassination, uncertain of who did it, how, and why. Hezbollah is on full alert. Is Hezbollah preparing to be struck or preparing to strike? …The question on both sides of the line is who is going to move next. Judging by reactions Mughniyeh’s death was both a … Continue reading Hezbollah on Alert

Remember Farfour?

Remember Farfour the mouse, who was beaten to death by an Israeli agent on a Palestinian children’s show? Well, they’ve managed to top that: In the Hamas kids’ show Pioneers of Tomorrow, the degenerates responsible for this sick trash have killed off their giant bee character Nahoul (dead because the evil Israelis stopped him from getting medical treatment), and replaced him with a malevolent rabbit … Continue reading Remember Farfour?

President Bush: Truman or Buchanan?

Caroline Glick draws historical parallels to the current situation, and worries that the bureaucracy may be undermining the President’s doctrine: THEN TOO, although Bush, like Truman, set out to form institutional tools to fight the long struggle against the forces of jihad, these institutions have done little to advance the cause. The Department of Homeland Security has not stymied the strength of Islamic agents of … Continue reading President Bush: Truman or Buchanan?