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The Incoherent Excuses for Hating Israel

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Monday, July 21, 2014

Israel’s military operation to degrade Hamas’ ability to rain rockets down on Israeli cities has stirred up the usual noisy and nasty protests in Europe. 

Analysis and Commentary

Obama's Tranquility

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, July 20, 2014

Barack Obama’s team recently took credit for improving the “tranquility of the global community,” and the president made it clear just what a calm place the world has become during his tenure.

Rockets
Analysis and Commentary

Israel's Iron Dome, and Us

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Library of Law and Liberty
Sunday, July 20, 2014

Images of Hamas’s artillery rockets being intercepted by Israel’s “Iron Dome” missile defense system naturally lead Americans to wonder why, if missiles were fired at our homes, we wouldn’t go to the trouble of stopping them in mid-flight as the Israelis do. The answer is that our bipartisan ruling class decided half a century ago that even trying to protect America against all but token missile attacks would be a hostile act toward Russia and China.

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The Jihadist Governance Dilemma

by Amichai Magenvia The Monkey Cage (Washington Post)
Friday, July 18, 2014

After making astounding territorial gains in its war against the Iraqi government, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – which has refashioned itself “the Islamic State” – declared that it had reestablished the caliphate. The group’s gains put a spotlight on several questions related to Salafi jihadists’ efforts at building states. Can jihadists govern? 

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The Coldest War

interview with Commander David Slaytonvia HBO | Vice
Friday, June 6, 2014

With the polar ice caps shrinking due to global warming, new trade routes are being exposed, along with billions of dollars' worth of natural-resource reserves. This is prime real estate and the five nations bordering the Arctic are readying themselves to fight for it.

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Putin's Failing Ukraine Scorecard

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes.com
Friday, July 11, 2014

Press and diplomatic observers appear to have reached a consensus that Vladimir Putin has brilliantly outmaneuvered Europe and the United States with his New Type of War – a mix of masked military aggression, proxy fighters, bluffing with troop maneuvers, intensive propaganda, and the use of human shields. This consensus is wrong.

Syrian Refugees
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Markos Kounalakis on the John Batchelor Show

interview with Markos Kounalakisvia John Batchelor Show
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Visiting Fellow Markos Kounalakis discussed Syria and the Middle East on the John Batchelor Show

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Analysis and Commentary

Honor The Sacrifice of Our Troops

by Kiron K. Skinnervia Room for Debate (New York Times)
Monday, June 16, 2014

According to the Obama Doctrine, making a lighter footprint around the world and ending the wars inherited from President George W. Bush will improve U.S. global standing and encourage other states to take greater responsibility for their own peace, security, political liberalization and prosperity.

The Arab Spring in Egypt
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Egypt's Failed Revolution

featuring Samuel Tadrosvia World Affairs Journal
Monday, June 16, 2014

I've spent enough time in Egypt and interviewed enough people there to know that authentic liberals (in the general, classical, sense of the word) are thin on the ground, but they do exist and Samuel Tadros is one of them.

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Sunni-stan Rising

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Liberty Law Talk (Library of Law and Liberty)
Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sunni fighters from around the Muslim world, having failed to conquer all of Syria from the Assad regime’s Alewites (a branch of Shia Islam) have been pushed eastward into majority-Sunni areas. These extend from east-central Syria into north-central Iraq.

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