Iran: The Opposite of Gunboat Diplomacy, and its Costs

If there is such a thing as the opposite of gunboat diplomacy, we are witnessing it in the nuclear negotiations with Iran.  There will be repercussions.

This column was originally published in American Thinker

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Principled Foreign Policy Requires a Republican Senate

Unfortunately, no Senate Democrats have shown much resistance of any kind to Obama; each reliably rubber-stamps unwise White House foreign policy dictates even when they disagree with administration positions. This is hardly the leadership we need.
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End of the Line for Hamas?

Nothing underscores Hamas incompetence more than the current war. Hamas chose this war, yet what does it have to show for it other than a few score Israelis killed? How foolish does Hamas look for building and maintaining a huge rocket arsenal that has turned out to be mostly impotent against Israel’s Iron Dome?

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On the “Three Schalits” Facebook page appear dozens of photos of smiling Palestinians holding up the three-fingered symbol in various locales.  Israelis know how to read between the lines.

Many of those photographed flashing the sign are young children.  Sweet-looking children.  Palestinian children.  Celebrating the kidnapping of Israeli children.  Continue reading

“Palestinianism” Doesn’t Allow Peace Process to Succeed

Peace with Israel creates an existential problem: Palestinian identity has become defined solely in terms of conflict with Israel; how can the Palestinians give up the conflict without giving up the key to their identity?

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Was Israel’s Defence Minister Right to Rip Obama?

Just weeks ago, Israel intercepted a ship, the Klos C, with a cargo of sophisticated Iranian weapons destined for Iranian proxy armies terrorising Israel. Just days ago, those same Iranian proxies fired dozens of rockets at Israel.  Was there even a word of serious American protest to the Iranians? Did it even slightly alter the American negotiating posture? 

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