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Avoid a Classic Blunder: Stay Out of Religious Wars in the Middle East

by Elizabeth (Lisa) Cobbs Hoffmanvia Reuters
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Muslims in the Middle East are fighting wars of religion. Like the carnage between Protestants and Catholics that haunted Northern Ireland during the last third of the 20th century, there is little anyone can do until local peoples crave peace so intensely they are willing to cultivate it.

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Obama’s Sort-of War

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How can we account for the apparent flip-flopping of the Obama administration about what we are doing, or might do further, to the Islamic State?

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What Israel Won in Gaza and What Diplomacy Must Now Gain

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Markets
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

TEL AVIV -- For the time being, people are going about their business. Hamas is not raining rockets down on residents here, daily ear-piercing air-raid warning sirens are not sending everyone running for cover, and the city has returned to its bustling self.

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Fareed's take on ISIS, Kissinger on Ukraine, and the CEO of Uber

interview with Henry A. Kissingervia Fareed's take
Monday, September 15, 2014

Fareed speaks with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger about the recent developments in Ukraine, how the U.S. should tackle ISIS, and what he thinks about Barack Obama and his administration’s foreign policy.

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Drip, Drip, Drip: US Troops in Iraq Number Over 1600

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Saturday, September 13, 2014

post of August 13, 2014, counted 875 U.S. Security Forces in Iraq.  In early September, another 350 were dispatched to Iraq, followed by an announcement of another 475 at the end of the second week in September.  During the third week of September, total "boots on the ground" will exceed 1,600.

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Few Interests, Fewer Friends in Middle East

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Townhall
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Try figuring out the maze of enemies, allies and neutrals in the Middle East.

In 2012, the Obama administration was on the verge of bombing the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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Richard Epstein on the John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia John Batchelor Show
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Senior Fellow Richard Epstein discusses the viability of President Obama's plan to destroy ISIS on the John Batchelor Show.

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The Libertarian: “Confronting ISIS”

by Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Why President Obama can’t get tough on terrorism.


Kori Schake on the Hays Advantage (36:15)

interview with Kori Schakevia Hays Advantage
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Research Fellow Kori Schake discusses current events in Iraq and the broader Middle East on the Hays Advantage.


Victor Davis Hanson on Power Talk (01:14)

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia PowerTalk 967
Monday, September 8, 2014

Senior Fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses President Obama's response to ISIS on PowerTalk 967.