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If Obama Doesn’t Understand European History He Can’t Get America’s Future History Right by Barry Rubin

Obama does not see himself as emerging from European history and, truth be told and despite his university degrees, doesn’t know much about it. He has no idea, for example, about how the Poles and other Central European people, or Europe itself, think or what they have gone through. And frankly he doesn’t care.

 

• If Obama Doesn’t Understand European History He Can’t Get America’s Future History Right by Barry Rubin http://t.co/QvjqgY2W

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On Assad, Obama is Repeating Bush 41′s Saddam Mistake by Michael Rubin

By encouraging—however belatedly—a revolt in Syria and then stepping aside, the Obama administration is following the elder Bush’s playbook to the letter. While many in the Iraqi opposition fell under Iran’s sway, the longer the Obama administration waits in Syria, the more entrenched al-Qaeda ideologues become. And, if history repeats itself, then by allowing such a huge gap to develop between his administration’s rhetoric and the reality of its policy, President Obama is encouraging the most cynical anti-American conspiracy theories to become public perception, and risking Syria becoming a source of instability for years to come.

 

• On Assad, Obama is Repeating Bush 41′s Saddam Mistake by Michael Rubin http://t.co/LyYg28AP

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Who Will Investigate The Leaks? by Elliott Abrams

Where are the calls for a special prosecutor to investigate the leak after leak coming from this White House on the most sensitive intelligence operations, leaks whose only thread is that they make the president look tough? Until a serious investigation is launched, these leaks will continue and the damage they do to American intelligence operations will continue to mount.

 

• Who Will Investigate The Leaks? by Elliott Abrams http://t.co/JrpTvcQ8

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How Can Obama’s Middle East Policy Possibly Get Worse? Answer: Look at Syria by Barry Rubin

The Obama policy shows three characteristics that have wider implications for the president’s strategies. It favors Islamist enemies; it “leads from behind” by giving the initiative to those who wish America no good; and it shows no interest in helping genuinely pro-American moderates who are fighting for their lives. And that, friends, is why I spend so much time bashing Obama’s Middle East policy, because it is so very bad and dangerous.

 

• How Can Obama’s Middle East Policy Possibly Get Worse? Answer: Look at Syria by Barry Rubin http://t.co/8ctuoKfD

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The Second-Term Illusion by Aaron David Miller

The Second-Term Illusion by Aaron David Miller | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Of all the urban legends swirling around the presidency and America's Middle Eastern policy, few are as compelling (or as wrong) as that of the empowered two-term president. Like the belief in the existence of a peace-process tooth fairy, it's more myth than reality, and here's why.

 

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Five Reasons Americans Should be Happy (In a Very Unhappy Middle East) by Aaron David Miller

Five Reasons Americans Should be Happy (In a Very Unhappy Middle East) by Aaron David Miller | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

The Obama administration has done pretty well. No spectacular successes, but no galactic failures either. Our approach is steady and deliberate. It's focused on getting priorities straight: seeing the threats and opportunities clearly and thinking matters through before throwing American military or diplomatic resources at a problem when there's no real strategy to guide it. If that's "leading from behind," so be it, particularly if leading from the front gets you Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Don’t Know Much About History [Obama on Jewish history] by Adam Kredo

Don’t Know Much About History [Obama on Jewish history] by Adam Kredo | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

President Barack Obama’s inaccurate assertion that Nazi extermination camps in occupied Poland were in fact “Polish” has led to concern among historians and foreign policy experts that the president’s knowledge of Jewish history and Israel is lacking.

 

• Don’t Know Much About History [Obama on Jewish history] by Adam Kredo http://t.co/xuX3efvl

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Impotence Abroad by Lee Smith

Impotence Abroad by Lee Smith | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Since the White House’s handling of Syria has given evidence only of impotence, the Israelis, as well as the -Iranians, cannot help but conclude that Obama will play the same hand with Iran that he has with Syria. He isn’t even bluffing. He has simply folded.

 

• Impotence Abroad by Lee Smith http://t.co/nY05S3E8

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Obama’s Insult to American Jews, the Same Day as his “gaffe” on Poland by Ron Radosh

In one day, President Obama managed to offend the entire Polish nation and the Conservative Jewish leaders he was meeting with. I can hardly wait to see what other people the president can insult before the election campaign officially starts after Labor Day.

 

• Obama’s Insult to American Jews, the Same Day as his “gaffe” on Poland by Ron Radosh http://t.co/ei3DPU16

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The Most Jewish Election [2012] by Tevi Troy

The Most Jewish Election [2012] by Tevi Troy | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Why is this year different from all other years? In how much the Republican conversation has focused on Jews as well.

 

• The Most Jewish Election [2012] by Tevi Troy http://bit.ly/I8saD8

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The LA Times Should Release the Khalidi Tape for Passover by Roger Simon

The LA Times Should Release the Khalidi Tape for Passover by Roger Simon | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Passovers have come and gone and Barack Obama is running for a second term, making the usual play for the usually reliable Jewish vote, courting AIPAC and so forth, telling people what they want to hear. But is that what he really thinks and how he will act in the moments of crisis almost certainly ahead? Is too much to ask the Los Angeles Times – the hometown paper of the city with the fourth largest Jewish population in the word – bigger even than Jerusalem – finally release the Khalidi tapes for Passover 2012?

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Friends Of Syria: Obama, Clinton, The Saudi King, All Pusillanimous, One Worse Than The Other by Martin Peretz

Friends Of Syria: Obama, Clinton, The Saudi King, All Pusillanimous, One Worse Than The Other by Martin Peretz | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Given the four decades of family tyranny and mass murder in Syria, the reluctance of the most powerful Arab state, the most powerful monarchy in the world, to take out these killers is pusillanimity. I’m afraid that President Obama is also pusillanimous on this matter. Now, this should not be surprising. The president is not touched, not touched at all by mass violations of human dignity. Moreover, he is not touched by mass takings of human life … anywhere. I dare my readers to challenge this dismal assertion.

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