As much as I often heap scorn on Barack Obama’s foreign policy acumen, he is taking the right approach with Iran by pushing forward and taking advantage of the opening by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani while also trying to forestall the hawks by proceeding with caution. Israel, AIPAC and the Gulf States are not blind, however and they are gearing up for an all-out assault in Capitol Hill to sabotage efforts to resolve the sanctions and nuclear dispute peacefully. I examine at LobeLog.
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Posted in Iran, tagged AIPAC, Benjamin Netanyahu, chemical weapons use in Syria, Congress, Fordow, Gulf States, Hassan Rouhani, Hassan Rowhani, IAEA, Iran, Iran diplomacy, Iran hawks, iran nuclear program, Iran nuclear talks, Israel, Obama, Saudi Arabia, Syrian civil war, US-Iran Phonecall, US-Iran relations, US-Iran Talks on September 30, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged AIPAC, AUMF, Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Chemi Shalev, Congress, House, Iran, J Street, Lavrov Proposal, Netanyahu, Obama, Ron Kampeas, Russia, Senate, Syria, Syrian civil war, Syrian Intervention, Syrian opposition, United Nations, United States on September 11, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
The Syria debate in the United States brought a lot of surprises, not the least of which was the behavior of various sectors of the “pro-Israel” Lobby. Despite the Russians coming along and at least temporarily bailing Obama out of the hole he dug for himself, AIPAC in particular took hit. The damage that caused should not be overstated, but it was real. I explore this at LobeLog.
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 »
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.
Posted in International Law, Syria, tagged AIPAC, Assad, Barack Obama, China, Cold War, European Union, International Court of Justice, International Criminal Court, international law, Israel, Israeli Settlements, Obama, OPT, Russia, Sergei Lavrov, Syria, Syrian civil war, Syrian opposition, Syrian rebels, UN, UN Security Council, United States, US Policy on Israeli Settlements, USSR, West Bank on August 26, 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 | 2 Comments »
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…)