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Sanders And Biden Should Challenge Clinton On Iran/Syria

Robert Naiman | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Hillary's move to the right on Iran creates an opening for pro-diplomacy Democrats to insist that the Democratic presidential nominee remain true to Obama's policy of keeping the door open to deeper U.S.-Iran cooperation. Calling for direct U.S.-Iran talks to help end the Syrian civil war would be a great place to start.

Israel Ambassadors Support Deal With Iran

Joe Cirincione | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

These ambassadors join the overwhelming majority of former diplomats and national security officials who have come out in favor of the deal to block all of Iran's pathways to a bomb. There is fierce opposition to the agreement, but most is from political figures and neoconservative groups, with few former senior officials backing them.

A Former Ambassador's Perspective on the Path Ahead With Cuba

Thomas Pickering | Posted 03.08.2015 | World
Thomas Pickering

Long shot, sure it is; but the risk is worth the gamble; and the results could once again help make cooperation for the future of the Western Hemisphere a hallmark of U.S. leadership and serious progress.

Top Officials Testifying At Issa Benghazi Hearing

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The leaders of an independent review board that investigated last year's deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi,...

Issa Makes New Demand

AP | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A House committee chairman issued two subpoenas Thursday to the State Department for documents related to the deadly assault last y...

Reps. Dent, Price Lead Quarter of House to Urge Talks with New Iran President

Robert Naiman | Posted 09.18.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

To seriously test Rouhani's offer of engagement, Obama needs a little room from Congress. He can't seriously engage Iran if it's widely perceived that the whole Congress is working to undermine him.

Former Ambassador: 'We Cannot Settle The Afghan Problem Over The Head Of Afghans'

Posted 06.19.2013 | World

The United States and the Taliban announced on Tuesday that they would start talks to foster a negotiated peace in war-torn Afghanistan. Representativ...

Pickering: Assertions of Benghazi Coverup Are 'Fiction' (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev


Issa Backs Off After Compromise

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A House committee chairman has withdrawn a subpoena to compel a retired diplomat to answer questions in private about an independent inv...

Issa Subpoenas Ex-Diplomat

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has subpoenaed the co-chairman of the independent review board that...

Issa Asks Ex-Diplomat For Interview

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Then CIA-Director David Petraeus objected to the final talking points the Obama administration used after the deadly assault on a U...

Benghazi Review Board Heads Ready To Testify

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The leaders of the panel that independently reviewed last year's deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, said T...

Clinton Role In 'Failure' Comes Under Scrutiny

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 07.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — House Republicans pushed ahead Monday with their investigation of the deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Li...

BOTH SIDES NOW: Benghazi-Gate, Toomey-Gate and Ammo-Gate.

HuffPost Radio | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgSpitzer and Matalin debate if Benghazi will prove to be more Whitewater than Watergate. Is Toomey gutsy to chide the Right for opposing his bipartisan bill just to stymie Obama? Are tyrannical feds buying up ammo to undermine gun rights?

Benghazi Review Chairman: Hillary Clinton Didn't Make The Call

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- The seasoned diplomat who penned a highly critical report on security at a U.S. outpost in Be...

Amanda Terkel

Darrell Issa: David Petraeus Carried Obama's Water On Benghazi | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Oversight Committee Chair Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) argued on Sunday that even the CIA's statements on Benghazi are now suspect, bec...

Chuck Hagel Is the Right Choice for Secretary of Defense

Joel Rubin | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
Joel Rubin

Chuck Hagel is likely to receive swift confirmation from the Senate. There will be tough questions, but most observers expect the Senate to approve his nomination -- perhaps by a large margin. This will be good for both our country's and Israel's security.

Benghazi Report Finds Systematic State Department Failures

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 02.17.2013 | World

WASHINGTON — An independent panel charged with investigating the deadly Sept. 11 attack in Libya that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other A...

US Shouldn't Dismiss Turkish-Brazilian Nuclear Deal

Thomas Pickering | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Thomas Pickering

The UN Security Council should take advantage of the Turkey/Brazil-Iran nuclear deal and use it as an opportunity for the first step in a broader dialogue that could include further confidence building measures.

The Coming Botched Nuclear Negotiations with Iran

Bruno Pellaud | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bruno Pellaud

To secure an Iran without nuclear weapons, a more rational approach will be needed, an approach with strong sanctions complemented by specific technical proposals, negotiated in a bilateral framework.

If the Iranians Are Confident in Their Chess, They May Accept "Freeze for Freeze"

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

If real negotiations started, the eyes of the international media would be focused on the talks. It would no longer be possible for the Bush administration to conceal its inflexibility on the question of enrichment.

Americans Don't Know: There's a Plan on the Table to Resolve the Nuclear Standoff with Iran

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

What those promoting military attacks on Iran don't want Americans to know is that there's an offer on the table that could resolve the dispute over Iran's nuclear program and allow both sides to claim victory.

Iran Accepted Pickering's Enrichment Proposal: Did Anyone Notice?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Iran appears to have shifted to a public diplomacy strategy; instead of simply making proposals to US officials which they expect will be ignored, they are attempting to speak directly to the US public.