At the Nixon Center, it will be Chas Freeman vs. Rob Satloff on the topic: "Israel: Strategic Asset or Liability?" This is one of the few genuine debates on Israel-Middle East issues that I have seen organized in Washington
President Obama has the desire, vision and intelligence to reach out to the broader Muslim world. But will he do what no recent American president has done and take the political risk to resist pressures?
Obama's refusal to come to Freeman's defense will make it all the more difficult for the president to challenge future right-wing attacks on his administration's policies in the Middle East and beyond.