Count me among those — a dwindling minority, I’m afraid — who think that politics should end at the water’s edge. No one, Republican or Democrat, ought to take pleasure at the spectacle of America’s foreign policies failing and the perception of America as a hobbled giant.
In Tehran last week, the 35th anniversary of Iran’s revolution was celebrated with chants of “Death to America!” and the burning of American flags. Also on display were posters showing Iranian boots stomping on President Obama’s face.
‘Iran’s rulers are not open to engagement no matter what mix of carrots and sticks are offered.” Peter Beinart, a contributing editor of The Atlantic, attributed that remark to me on a radio show on NPR last week.
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani last week tweeted a declaration of diplomatic victory: “In #Geneva agreement world powers surrendered to Iran’s national will.” In response, White House press secretary Jay Carney said not to worry: “It doesn’t matter what they say. It matters what they do.”
Since June 2012, Peter Bergen, the swashbuckling reporter who serves as CNN’s national-security analyst and a director of the liberal New America Foundation, has been among those in the foreign-policy establishment confidently declaring that “al-Qaeda is defeated.”
If the attacks of 9/11 taught us anything, it’s that we must connect the dots. But before we can connect the dots, we must collect the dots. Those railing against the National Security Agency don’t seem to get that.
The members of the American Studies Association care deeply about historical truth, which is why they protested so strenuously when, over Christmas, Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas called Jesus “a Palestinian messenger.
Just before Congress recessed for the holidays, 26 senators — 13 Democrats and 13 Republicans, led by Senators Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) and Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) — introduced the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013. Its purpose: to ready new sanctions that would be triggered only if Iran’s rulers either fail to meet the obligations they have undertaken under a “Joint Plan of Action” or foot-drag on talks meant to lead to a “comprehensive agreement.”
In the current global conflict, we have friends and enemies -- and those who just want to end up on the winning side.
Where Islamism is the issue, the media continue to define deviancy down.
Did we learn nothing from the 1930s?
The foreign-policy establishment thinks Iran should concede nothing in negotiations.
At the eleventh hour, Paris refused to sign concessions to the "children of the revolution."
A war is being waged against Christians. Waiting for “Islam to police itself” is not a strategy.
No, America isn't committing "war crimes."
The Saudis have a point. Those words do not flow easily from my pen.
The Muslim world needs democracy and economic reform — on that, almost everyone agrees.
No one likes to be the skunk at the picnic but sometimes there’s no alternative: You just have to spray. That’s how I feel after reading a column by the Washington Post’s David Ignatius, a generally smart and sophisticated member of the foreign-policy elite.
With victories like these, who needs defeats?
In the long term, Russia's prospects look dim.
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