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JONATHAN TOBIN:: Gaza Illustrates Palestinian Statehood « Commentary Magazine

By at June 25, 2013 | 1:29 am

JONATHAN TOBIN:: Gaza Illustrates Palestinian Statehood « Commentary Magazine

Jonathan S. Tobin | @tobincommentary Secretary of State John Kerry is about to head to the Middle East again to restart the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians. His goal remains a deal to create an independent Palestinian state and thereby end the conflict for all time. But as much as Israelis crave peace, along with the rest of the world they are getting ... Go To Article

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ANDREW C. McCARTHY:: Paul and Lee Lead Bipartisan Effort Against Obama’s Unauthorized Syria Intervention

By at June 22, 2013 | 10:35 pm

ANDREW C. McCARTHY:: Paul and Lee Lead Bipartisan Effort Against Obama’s Unauthorized Syria Intervention

Thanks to Republican Senators Rand Paul (of Kentucky) and Mike Lee (of Utah), we might finally get on Syria what we were denied on Libya: a real debate among the American people’s representatives over congressional authorization of President Obama’s unilateral war-making in the Middle East. The Washington Examiner reports that Senators Paul and Lee have joined with ... Go To Article

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CONRAD BLACK: Slouching Toward Syria – The New York Sun

By at June 21, 2013 | 12:15 pm

CONRAD BLACK: Slouching Toward Syria – The New York Sun

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun | June 21, 2013 The belated, reluctant assistance of the United States to some of the anti-Assad forces in Syria has all the distinctive signs of a Great Power’s being dragged into a combat zone that were prefigured in Libya. There, President Obama uttered sanctimonious comments for weeks that Moammar Qaddafi “must go” without ... Go To Article

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MAX BOOT: A U.S.-Taliban Prisoner Swap? « Commentary Magazine

By at June 21, 2013 | 10:25 am

MAX BOOT: A U.S.-Taliban Prisoner Swap? « Commentary Magazine

Max Boot | @MaxBoot, 06.21.2013 - 10:35 AM Now that peace talks are sort of on again with the Taliban–at least hopes of such talks have risen again, even if Kabul’s outrage at Taliban preening in opening an embassy of sorts in Qatar has blocked the actual start of talks–the air is once again filled with talk of a prisoner exchange. The Taliban would love it if, ... Go To Article

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KRAUTHAMMER: Syria: America Sidelined | National Review Online

By at June 20, 2013 | 5:19 pm

KRAUTHAMMER: Syria: America Sidelined | National Review Online

JUNE 20, 2013 8:00 PM, By Charles Krauthammer After Iraq, Obama wasted a golden opportunity to keep a presence in the region.   The war in Syria, started by locals, is now a regional conflict, the meeting ground of two warring blocs. On one side, the radical Shiite bloc led by Iran, which overflies Iraq to supply Bashar Assad and sends Hezbollah to fight ... Go To Article

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NEW IRANIAN PRESIDENT:: 85 were killed in bombing of Argentinian Jewish Center | Washington Free Beacon

By at June 19, 2013 | 2:36 pm

NEW IRANIAN PRESIDENT:: 85 were killed in bombing of Argentinian Jewish Center | Washington Free Beacon

BY: Alana Goodman June 19, 2013 4:40 pm -- Iranian President-elect Hassan Rowhani was on the special Iranian government committee that plotted the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, according to an indictment by the Argentine government prosecutor investigating the case. The AMIA bombing is considered the deadliest terrorist attack in ... Go To Article

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IRAN MODERATE Wins Presidency by a Large Margin – NYTimes

By at June 16, 2013 | 12:50 am

IRAN MODERATE Wins Presidency by a Large Margin – NYTimes

By THOMAS ERDBRINK, Published: June 15, 2013 TEHRAN — In a striking repudiation of the ultraconservatives who wield power in Iran, voters here overwhelmingly elected a mild-mannered cleric who advocates greater personal freedoms and a more conciliatory approach to the world. The cleric, Hassan Rowhani, 64, won a commanding 50.7 percent of the vote in the six-way ... Go To Article

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OBAMA ADMIN Considers Resettling Thousands of Syrian Refugees in U.S.

By at June 14, 2013 | 12:09 am

OBAMA ADMIN Considers Resettling Thousands of Syrian Refugees in U.S.

The Obama administration is considering resettling thousands of refugees who left Syria during the country's ongoing civil war to multiple towns and cities across the United States, the L.A. Times reports. A resettlement plan under discussion in Washington and other capitals is aimed at relieving pressure on Middle Eastern countries straining to support 1.6 million ... Go To Article

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BILL CLINTON splits with Obama on Syria – Maggie Haberman – POLITICO

By at June 13, 2013 | 12:20 am

BILL CLINTON splits with Obama on Syria – Maggie Haberman – POLITICO

By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 6/12/13 Bill Clinton told Sen. John McCain he agrees that President Barack Obama should act more forcefully to support anti-Assad rebels in Syria, saying the American public elects presidents and members of Congress “to see down the road” and “to win.” At another point during a closed-press event Tuesday, Clinton implied that Obama or ... Go To Article

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PAT CADDELL: The Fuse Has Been Lit: Seven Critical Points on Uncle Sam’s Spying Program

By at June 12, 2013 | 1:45 am

PAT CADDELL: The Fuse Has Been Lit: Seven Critical Points on Uncle Sam’s Spying Program

by PATRICK CADDELL 10 Jun 2013 The sordid revelations from the Obama administration are coming at a pace that can only be described as, well, fast and furious. So let’s lay down some markers here, as a sort of road map for the months and years ahead: First, if the PRISM program and all the rest of the government’s surveillance programs were so good and ... Go To Article

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