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Why Obama Is Wrong About Iran Being ‘Rational’ on Nukes

Posted June 19th, 2015 at 9:41 am (UTC-4)
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The question of whether Iran, run by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his ayatollahs, is a rational state goes to the very heart of the debate over its nuclear program and the negotiations, now nearing a June 30 deadline, to curb it.

The Iran-ISIS Connection

Posted June 12th, 2015 at 5:58 pm (UTC-4)
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The president decided that a deal with Iran is the be-all and end-all of his second term in office. And to reach that deal, he would have to make nice with the clerical regime in Tehran, subordinating all other regional issues that might get in the way.

Endgame in the Iran Negotiations: The Choice Is Tehran’s

Posted June 10th, 2015 at 9:53 am (UTC-4)
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If negotiations are to be brought to a successful conclusion, Supreme Leader Khamenei must decide that he wants an agreement…

Obama’s Tacit Alliance with Iran Against ISIS Is Doomed to Failure

Posted June 9th, 2015 at 12:20 pm (UTC-4)
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Rather than revamp a failed strategy, U.S. officials now appear ready to rely (at least tacitly) on Iran to help roll back the jihadis.

Glimmer of Hope for Yemen, Gloom Elsewhere in the Middle East

Posted June 5th, 2015 at 2:28 pm (UTC-4)
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As proposed peace talks on Yemen raises optimism while prospects for diplomatic progress elsewhere in the Middle East is dimmer.

Iran’s Trial of Washington Post Reporter

Posted May 26th, 2015 at 1:41 pm (UTC-4)
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Nearly 10 months after his arrest, Jason Rezaian, who holds both US and Iranian citizenship, is on trial in Iran. News that the trial of the Tehran bureau chief is closed to the public has sparked outrage, and raised questions about Iran’s motives as its continues negotiations for a landmark nuclear deal.

Challenged by Mideast Upheaval, Obama Policy Re-examined

Posted May 22nd, 2015 at 2:20 pm (UTC-4)
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Be it the Islamic State, Syria, Iraq or a possible nuclear deal with Iran, the region’s complexity is, once again, front and center. That IS militants now hold more than half of Syrian territory is just one alarming development that has President Barack Obama defending the choices he’s made to handle unprecedented upheaval in the Middle East.

You Want Hypothetical? Here’s One.

Posted May 22nd, 2015 at 9:22 am (UTC-4)
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Following six years of President Obama’s steady and determined withdrawal from the Middle East, America’s standing in the region has collapsed.

A Fourth Arab Country Melts Down

Posted March 25th, 2015 at 1:30 pm (UTC-4)
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Reports on Wednesday that the president of Yemen has fled his country underline the latest crisis to strike the state system in the Middle East. Three other Arab nations – Libya, Syria and Iraq – are already fractured among religious, ethnic and tribal groups, with fighting exacerbated by outsiders bankrolling and arming proxies. The Barack […]