April 25, 2016
Elliott Abrams served on the staffs of Sens. Henry Jackson and Daniel Patrick Moynihan and in the Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush administrations Since my days working for Sen. Henry "Scoop" Jackson (D., Wash.), events in the Middle East and especially concerning the security of Israel have been at the center of my attention. And if Israel's security and its relationship with the United States are a key concern, Ted Cruz should get your vote. More broadly, if your concern is America's position in the Middle East, your vote should go to Cruz.
December 4, 2015 |
Ever since ISIS attacked Paris, politicians on both sides of the Atlantic have called for a more intense effort to destroy the caliphate. Yet despite the horrors wreaked in France, I've yet to see any political leader put forward a strategy that shows much promise of achieving that goal. Republicans (and I refer to those with foreign policy expertise, not the bombastic Donald Trump or the bemused Ben Carson) rightly chastise President Obama for a policy that has mostly failed to dent ISIS's hold on physical and digital territory.
September 13, 2014 |
Now that President Obama has finally laid out a strategy to "degrade and destroy" ISIS, there are only two (very big) questions that matter: Is this strategy really necessary? And can it succeed? My answer to the first question is a firm "yes," but to the second a very shaky "maybe. " Yet I believe Obama has no option but to try. Until the Islamic State in Syria beheaded two American journalists, the president himself didn't believe the ISIS threat merited a comprehensive strategy.
November 29, 2012
Folly of Palestinian cause Daoud Kuttab's op-ed "Pointless punishment in Gaza" (Friday) continues the folly that has plagued the Palestinian cause for nearly a century. Israel should "deal politically" with Hamas, he says, an organization that denies Israel's right to exist, calls for its destruction, and eschews any solution save violence ("There is no solution ... except through jihad"). He bemoans the loss of civilian life, ignoring that Hamas deliberately positions its rocket launchers in heavily populated areas.
May 9, 2012 |
VIENNA, Austria - Hopes dimmed Tuesday for staging major nuclear talks later this year between Israel and its Muslim rivals, as Iran and Arab countries at a 189-nation conference accused Israel of being the greatest threat to peace in the region and Egypt warned that Arab states might rethink their opposition to atomic arms. Because Israel has not signed the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, it was not present at Tuesday's gathering of treaty members. But the United States defended its ally, warning that singling out Israel for criticism diminished chances of a planned meeting between it and its Muslim neighbors to explore the prospect of a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction.
February 6, 2012 |
Imperial regimes can crack when they are driven out of their major foreign outposts. The fall of the Berlin Wall did not just signal the liberation of Eastern Europe from Moscow. It prefigured the collapse of the Soviet Union itself just two years later. The fall of Bashar al-Assad's Syria could be similarly ominous for Iran. The alliance with Syria is the centerpiece of Iran's expanding sphere of influence, a mini-Comintern that includes such clients as Iranian armed and directed Hezbollah, now the dominant power in Lebanon; and Hamas, which controls Gaza and threatens to take the rest of Palestine (the West Bank)
February 3, 2012
O NE WEEK after Holocaust Remembrance Day, the carnival of hate known as the National Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Conference arrives at the University of Pennsylvania today, its clown car stocked with lies, half-lies, white lies and bald-faced lies, playing to the ignorant. It gets no sympathy from Penn, which rejects its theme. Penn believes in free speech, as does Israel, the target of the hate fest. Free speech, and most human rights embedded in Western societies, are absent in Arab states.
August 10, 2011 |
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The United Arab Emirates pledged Tuesday to give up to $1 million to help equip high school students in the tornado-ravaged city of Joplin with laptop computers for the coming school year. When school begins later this month, some students will attend classes in a converted big-box store, but they will have new Apple notebooks to aid their studies. Joplin High School was among the many homes and buildings destroyed by the May 22 tornado that tore through the city, killing 160 people and injuring hundreds more.
August 9, 2011 |
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Syria's neighbors have turned decisively against President Bashar al-Assad, launching a diplomatic campaign against his crackdown on the country's pro-democracy movement that analysts say could have a major effect on important pillars of Assad's support. Even as Syrian armed forces pushed against several opposition strongholds Monday, international action against the government mushroomed. Western countries so far have led efforts to stop the violent crackdown, including a U.N. Security Council statement last week that condemned the offensive.
August 2, 2010 |
"They [the United States and Israel] have decided to attack at least two countries in the region in the next three months. " - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, July 26 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has a penchant for the somewhat loony, as when, last weekend, he denounced Paul the Octopus, omniscient predictor of eight consecutive World Cup matches, as a symbol of decadence and purveyor of "Western propaganda and superstition. " But for all his clownishness, Ahmadinejad is nonetheless calculating and dangerous.