For six years the mantra of the Obama administration about the Iran nuclear negotiations has been simple, direct, and powerful: “No deal is better than a bad deal.” One cannot count the number of times the President, his secretaries of state, his national security advisors, and his negotiators have said exactly this–including this week when Susan Rice repeated it to an AIPAC audience. Read more »
The current flap over President Obama’s comment on the killings in Paris would, in an ordinary administration, never have happened.
To review, the President gave an interview in which he said “It is entirely legitimate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you’ve got a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.” Read more »
In an interesting article at the Foreign Policy website and entitled “The World War Inside Islam,” James Traub asks whether there’s a central American role in the struggle against violent Islamist extremism. His answer is delivered in the subtitle: “Why the United States can do very little to alter the course of events in the Middle East right now.” Read more »
The shortcomings of the new Obama administration policy toward Cuba have been sharply described in a recent blog post at the Cuban civil society web site SATS, by Antonio G. Rodiles. Rodiles, a human rights activist, was beaten and arrested in 2012, and released after Amnesty International and other groups protested this arrest. Read more »
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