Tide of war not receding; dangers will mount as U.S. exits prematurely

Surveying the Greater Middle East, where chaos reigns from Egypt to Syria and where chances of war among any number of players are rising, you can hardly blame the typical American for wanting to wish it away. But the 43 percent of U.S. voters who think that […]

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Obama’s visit won’t change Israeli-Palestinian stand-off

President Obama’s decision to visit Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan in the coming weeks proves the continuing endurance of certain truths about our recent presidents as well as conventional wisdom about the region. What it does not prove, however, is that he will do any better […]

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On Iran, the right lesson is Hitler, not Mao

History is an imperfect teacher. The lessons from events of the past often contradict one another, leaving policymakers the challenge of deciding which ones are most relevant to the issues of today. That challenge lies at the heart of the debate over what to do about Iran’s […]

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Rest Assured – Nuclear Talks With Iran Are Resuming

Good news, everyone. Nuclear talks are resuming on Feb. 26 between Iran and the P5+1 – the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany – and not a minute too soon. The Islamic Republic has been making notable progress on the nuclear front, perhaps […]

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America’s lessons in governing

The Commentator’s European readers could learn lots from how we, in the United States of America, run our government. We are, after all, the world’s richest, most powerful, and most stable democracy. Nothing better illustrates our genius for governance than how we do our most fundamental business, […]

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