Archive for the The Commentator Category

All hail (and fear) America’s middle class

All hail America’s middle class, the vast majority of families who apparently must never pay a penny more in federal taxes or receive a penny less in services. All hail them; all fear them; all bow before them. That’s the message behind Washington’s successful effort to strike […]

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What appointing Chuck Hagel would say about Obama

President Obama’s likely appointment of former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary has focused attention on Hagel’s controversial views on Israel, its terror-sponsoring neighbors, and the appropriate U.S. posture towards the world’s most volatile and dangerous region. Fine. There’s lots to review and lots to criticize. […]

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Morsi sweet-talks the West

For decades, some of the Arab region’s leading figures have sent sharply different messages to the West than to their own people, hoping to secure the best of both worlds from their rhetorical duplicity. To U.S. and other Western leaders, they portrayed themselves as tolerant and peace-loving, […]

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It’s Hamas, stupid

President Obama’s strong vocal support for Israel’s right to self-defense in the wake of its aerial bombardment of weapons sites in Gaza reflects an apparent, and welcome, evolution in Obama’s thinking about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that contrasts sharply with his initial approach toward the Jewish State. To […]

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About that “flexibility,” Mr. President

Dear President Obama, With your re-election in hand, you’ll now have some of that second-term “flexibility” on foreign policy that you had discussed earlier this year with outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. You’ll be glad to have it. Because you will need Congress for major domestic initiatives, […]

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