President Obama shocked many with his announcement that, despite the fact that he had decided to strike Syria, he was going to seek authorization from Congress. At LobeLog, I examine some of the implications for US politics and foreign policy, as well as the immediate meaning for an attack on Syria.
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Posted in Syria, United States, tagged AIPAC, Assad, Congress, diplomacy, foreign policy, Hezbollah, Iran, Israel, Israel Lobby, Obama, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Syrian civil war, Syrian Intervention, UN Security Council, War Powers Resolution on September 2, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Egypt, tagged Carl Levin, Congress, diplomacy, Egypt, Egypt Aid, Egypt Military Coup, Elliott Abrams, hawks, Israel, John McCain, Mohammed Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood, Neoconservatives, Obama, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, SCAF, UAE on July 11, 2013 | 1 Comment »
This article originally appeared at LobeLog.
When is a coup not a coup? When calling it that carries repercussions that make a bad situation worse.
US President Barack Obama is struggling with recent events in Egypt. Once again he’s presented with a situation in the Middle East where he has few good options but is still facing expectations based on a long history of US influence over events — an influence that is no longer situated in reality.
In contrast to the revolution that deposed Hosni Mubarak two years ago, the ouster of Mohammed Morsi raises some profound questions, not only for foreign powers, but for Egyptians themselves. There is no doubt that Morsi brought a lot of this on himself. He neglected the major issue for almost all Egyptians, the economy; he shamelessly tried to grab dictatorial powers; he did not follow through on his campaign promises to include the widest spectrum of Egyptians in his government; and, when confronted with all of this, he remained obstinate. (more…)
Posted in US-Israel Lobby, tagged Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Democrats, diplomacy, Israel, Israel Lobby, J Street, Karl Rove, Michael Oren, Neoconservatives, New York Times, Republicans, Ron Dermer on July 5, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Iran, tagged Ahmadinejad, AIPAC, Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Commentary, Congress, diplomacy, FDD, foreign policy, foundation for defense of democracies, Green Movement, hawks, Iran, Iran nuclear, Iran War, Israel, Israel Lobby, Jennifer Rubin, Khamenei, Neoconservatives, Rouhani, Saudi Arabia, Syria on June 19, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
This post originally appeared at LobeLog.
Outside of Iran, there is no doubt that the biggest losers in Iran’s election this past weekend were the Likud government in Israel and its supporters, especially neoconservatives, in the United States.
The response of Israel’s Prime Minister to the election of centrist candidate Hassan Rouhani as Iran’s next President was almost comical in its sharp reversal from the rhetoric of the past eight years. As was widely reported, Benjamin Netanyahu said that it was Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and not the president who sets nuclear policy.
That is, of course, true, and it is precisely what opponents of an attack on Iran have been saying for the past eight years. Netanyahu and his neocon allies, on the other hand, were repeatedly pointing to outgoing president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the fearsome specter, the man who wanted to “wipe Israel off the map” and must be prevented from acquiring the means to do so. With Ahmadinejad gone, and, much to the surprise of many observers, not replaced by someone from the arch-conservative (or, in Iranian political terms, principlist) camp, the hawks have lost their best tool for frightening people and getting them behind the idea of attacking Iran.
So, Netanyahu has stepped up his push for a hard line on Iran, saying, “The international community must not become caught up in wishful thinking and be tempted to relax the pressure on Iran to stop its nuclear program.” Netanyahu is admitting that all the rhetoric around Ahemdinejad was insincere, and that the Iranian president is only relevant insofar as his visage can be used to whip people into a frenzy behind his call for war. (more…)
Posted in Israel, Palestine, United States, tagged AIPAC, Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Bill Clinton, diplomacy, European Union, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Iran, Iran nuclear, Israel, Israel Lobby, Israeli Settlements, James Baker, John Kerry, Palestine, settlement freeze, Syria, Tzipi Livni, Yitzhak Shamir on May 22, 2013 | 1 Comment »