BEIRUT -- With the Iranian involvement against ISIS in the assault on Tikrit, and the Saudi invasion of Yemen to stem the tide of Iranian influence, we have entered a new Middle Eastern war.
American foreign policy is controlled by fools. What else can one conclude from the bipartisan demand that the U.S. intervene everywhere all the time, irrespective of consequences? No matter how disastrous the outcome, the War Lobby insists that the idea was sound. Any problems obviously result, it is claimed, from execution, a matter of doing too little: too few troops engaged, too few foreigners killed, too few nations bombed, too few societies transformed, too few countries occupied, too few years involved, too few dollars spent. As new conflicts rage across the Middle East, the interventionist caucus' dismal record has become increasingly embarrassing.
As Netanyahu pointed out in Washington, the conclusion of the nuclear negotiations must be that Iran stops attacking other countries, renounces terror and ceases threatening the Jewish state of Israel with annihilation. If all three conditions are not met, there can be no deal. Because no deal is better than a bad deal.
The U.S. and its Western allies would be wise to get Yemen's political process back on track immediately, before any further derailing of fragile democratic gains. In doing so, they must remember that Houthis are rational actors capable of engagement.
Activity intensified over the past week at the United Nations with respect to the deteriorating situation in Yemen -- amid further evidence of a rift over the country's future between Washington and its traditional Gulf allies.
How did a panel of experts with a specific mission manage to understand the equations and developments in Yemen, while Gulf countries including Saudi Arabia were not able to ascertain and prepare for what was obvious in Yemen?
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The lessons from lost materiel in Yemen, the Palestinian Authority, Iran, and Iraq underscore a lesson not yet learned in Washington.
U.S. national interest is definitely at stake in the direction events in Yemen take over the next few months.
Even before American hegemony emerged after World War II, birthday boy George Washington's Farewell Address admonition to avoid "permanent alliances" and focus on neutrality had long since been ignored. Now we have a worldwide web of alliances, mostly of our own instigation, and involvement in a whole host of wars.
A new study by Yale researchers attempts to create categories of likely future shooting victims in Chicago and thus determine who among us is most in danger. But in the process the study, at least as it was reported in the Chicago Sun-Times, utterly depersonalized the potential victims, along with their communities, reducing them to components in a mathematical formula.
The United Arab Emirates has embarked on an all-out effort to broaden its regional influence and achieve global acceptance of its autocratic definition of terrorism that encompasses all non-violent, legitimate expressions of political Islam.
Violence, destruction of homes, towns and loss of life is having an impact on the emerging personalities and psyches of all kids in conflict areas. But I am also seeing them rise from the ashes to lead a revolution in thinking and behavior, that will build a framework for a better life.
He was left without justice. All his demands for an apology and an acknowledgment that he was detained unjustly were left without answer. And no one seems to notice his blight. No one seems to understand his psychological wounds, not to mention the physical ones.
What Netanyahu should ask Congress for is their support for the development of a full blown nuclear deterrence capability that relies on a modified "triad" framework similar to the one at the heart of the American system of deterrence used during the Cold War.
The Obama administration had better rank its national security interests and rank them quickly.