It seems there’s an awful lot of surety around when it comes to action, or non-action, on Syria. But a deeper look at what is happening there does not lead to simple solutions, or even to a whole lot of clarity on the nature of who the “good guys” are. I examine the dynamics in this week’s column at Souciant.
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Posted in Syria, tagged Barack Obama, Bashar al-Assad, CIA, David Lesch, Facebook, France, Free Syrian Army, Hafez al-Assad, Hama, Hezbollah, Iran, Jane Harman, John McCain, Joseph Lieberman, Lebanon, Lindsey Graham, Muslim Brotherhood, Rafik-Al Hariri, Salam Idriss, Sunni, Syria, Turkey, United States, Victoria Nuland on April 5, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Syria, tagged 972 Magazine, al-Qaeda, Amos Harel, Bashar al-Assad, Hezbollah, Iran, Israel, Larry Derfner, Lebanon, SA-17, Syria, Turkey, United States on February 1, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Barack Obama, Congress, tagged AIPAC, Arab Spring, Barack Obama, Bashar al-Assad, Benjamin Netanyahu, Bill Clinton, Camp David II, democracy, Egypt, Gaza, George H.W. Bush, Great Depression, Hezbollah, Iraq, Israel, Israel Lobby, Jewish State, Jews, Middle east, Mitt Romney, Muslim Brotherhood, Netanyahu, Oslo Process, Palestine, pro-Israel, Syria, United States, Yitzhak Shamir on September 21, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
In this week’s piece at Souciant, I start taking a look at what Barack Obama’s second term may look like in terms of Middle East policy now that Mitt Romney has bungled himself into a position where he will need an unprecedented comeback to defeat the incumbent. Yet, while I see serious trouble for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has actively worked for Obama’s defeat, I don’t see a lot of fundamental change in Washington’s attitude in the region for the next four years. At least, not at the instigation of the White House; change will come from the region itself, if it comes at all.
Posted in Barack Obama, tagged AIPAC, Al Gore, apartheid, Bahrain, Barack Obama, Bashar al-Assad, Benjamin Netanyahu, Christian ZIonism, Citizens United, CUFI, Egypt, Free Syrian Army, George W. Bush, Iran, Israel Saudi Arabia, John McCain, Lebanon, Middle east, Mitt Romney, Muslim Brotherhood, Republicans, Salafists, SCAF, Syria, Turkey, West Bank, Yemen on June 20, 2012 | 1 Comment »
This week’s Souciant piece is up. It’s the first of what is likely to be many pieces over the next few months on Obama’s first term, his possible second one and just how bad things could be with a Republican president. In this piece, while I remind folks that things would have been much worse with McCain and will be much worse if Romney wins in November, Obama’s policy, or lack thereof, in the Middle East has been a disaster.
Posted in Democracy, human rights, tagged al-haq, B'Tselem, Bashar al-Assad, Benjamin Netanyahu, East Jerusalem, Flytilla, Gaza Strip, Gisha, Hamas, Iran, Israel, Palestine, Six Day War, Syria, West Bank, Yom Kippur War, Zionism on April 18, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
In this week’s entry at Souciant, I examine the implications of Israel’s heavy-handed, stupid and clumsy response to the intention of hundreds of activists to fly into Israel in order to join a Palestinian protest. The ironic thing is that Netanyahu trots out the standard “Israel is the region’s only democracy” argument to defend actions that both show how deeply flawed that democracy is and how seriously that democracy is threatened.