Foreign Policy

Sometimes it’s Better to Just See Things From Dog’s View

Walking is good exercise. Getting a half- hour walk every day is regularly recommended by health professionals, and I have been trying to follow that advice. Most of the time, I just go out for a walk in my neighborhood and follow one of two routines: one, ponder the events of the day and try to think through any current Read More ›

What Do Putin, Obama and Ben Affleck Have in Common?

What do Putin, Obama and Ben Affleck have in common? They are celebrities, and nothing more! Everybody knows them, but no one is too sure what exactly any of them is doing. Karl Rove’s article in The Wall Street Journal “Obama’s No Good, Very Bad Week” nails all the necessary points in regards to the American president. Obama talks, blames, and smiles Read More ›

Russia May Wake Up to a More Hostile Arab World

When anti-government demonstrations began in the Arab world, the United States became actively involved. The U.S. government cheered, making public statements supporting Arab nations’ rights to freedom. But given how much closer Russia is to the Arab world than the U.S. – geographically speaking, at least – it’s worth asking where Russia has been during the Middle East’s great upheaval. Read More ›

Gilder Article in The American Spectator: “The Arab Debt to Jewish Settlement”

The June issue of the American Spectator carries a “Special Report” by George Gilder on “The Arab Debt to Jewish Settlement” that pokes a very large and new hole in the foreign policy of the Obama Administration. I think that even those familiar with Israel and its history will be surprised at the historical information our Discovery Sr. Fellow (and institute co-founder) has assembled Read More ›

Obama Sells Out Israel — For Nothing in Return

Betrayal is not too strong a term. The president’s May 19 speech turned Israel upside down. It was a shocking sellout of our only reliable Mideast ally, and can only energize Palestinian maximalist sentiments. There are two money paragraphs of Obama’s May 19 speech. First, on final borders: The United States believes that negotiations should result in two states, with permanent Palestinian Read More ›

Don’t Go Wobbly in Libya

The wily Col. Gaddafi declared a cease fire after the U.N. resolution authorizing use of force. If he stuck by it, President Obama, speaking at his press conference this afternoon seemed prepared in turn to avoid any military action against Gaddafi, thereby leaving him in power and establishing a tense division of the country between Gaddafi and the rebels. but Read More ›

Media Coverage Distorts Issues in “Settler” Murders

Distorted media coverage of the recent terrorist assault on the Israeli community of Itamar compounded the pain of an unspeakably brutal crime. On Friday night shortly after 10 PM, just hours after the commencement of the Jewish Sabbath, two knife-wielding intruders broke into the modest one story home of the Fogel family, murdering the mother and father in their bed Read More ›

“Strong Democracy” and Muammar Gaddafi

Prof. Benjamin R. Barber of Rutgers, a Distinguished Fellow at a progressive think tank called Demos, is a leading exponent of what he calls “strong democracy,” direct rule by the people. Weak old fashioned (small “d”) democracy that is set within traditional (small “r”) republican institutions is objectionable to Dr. Barber. America’s Founders wanted a government of checks and balances Read More ›

Hostage Hell is a Civilized Country’s Dilemma

There is an old chestnut that often resurfaces when Americans are taken hostage: Emulate Thomas Jefferson’s resolute dispatch of forces to free hostages held by the Barbary pirates. Yet the historical truth is quite different, and explains why Somali pirates have killed American hostages with impunity. The depressing reality is that in our republic’s earliest years, most hostage crises were resolved by paying Read More ›