Is the Trump Administration Really All That Different? (Book Review: Fight House, by Tevi Troy)

A worthwhile, entertaining, and original take on White House dynamics.  Troy demonstrates that Trump administration internal battles are not out of the ordinary.  That is true; but what is unprecedented is the the undermining not of fellow aides, but of the president himself. Continue reading

In Democrats we Trust: Danger for Israel/Allies

Those whose hatred of political opponents exceeds their hatred for the country’s enemies should be kept far from the Presidency.  A party which treats foreign policy only as a means to claw back power at any cost cannot be trusted with America’s own national security interests; how reliable can it be when it comes to Israel’s?

This column originally published in the Times of Israel. Continue reading

NOT Inevitable (Yet): Now Trump Faces “Closed” Primaries — Which He Hasn’t Been Winning

Trump has won 9 of 11 open primaries, but only one of four closed.  Trump has been drawing heavily from Democrats and Independents in those open primaries.  But as the calendar takes away that advantage, his winning the nomination may not be so inevitable, after all.  Beginning March 22, only two remaining primaries are open. Continue reading

It’s a Wonderful Middle East

There is a lot of George Bailey in America’s foreign policy DNA.  And, like George, we’ve now seen in the Middle East the dystopia of a world in which we are absent. 

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CELEBRATING A KIDNAPPING

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

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? 

This column was originally published at Breitbart.com  Continue reading

Pushing Back Against “The Worst Law You’ve Never Heard Of”

FATCA has been implicated in the recent surge in renunciations of U.S. citizenship by Americans abroad.  Expatriations have risen from a pre-FATCA trickle to a current level of thousands per year.  Many Americans operating overseas businesses and requiring foreign financial services are being forced to choose between citizenship and livelihood.

Obamacare Follies: Lessons For Israel

An administration which so easily lies to its own citizens to achieve domestic political ends cannot be trusted to act faithfully towards the citizens of other countries. Continue reading

Barack Obama’s Commitment Problem

Obama’s waffling over the red line he himself painted cuts to the core of whether he can be relied upon to keep even his own commitments anywhere else–such as American peace process guarantees for Israel.  Would you buy a used peace plan from this man?

This column was first published in American Thinker  Continue reading