YouTubes, Conspiracies, and Ignorance: Middle East Edition

Wednesday’s Washington Post features an important story that lifts the veil of unreality and political correctness that surrounds our understanding of the Middle East. [Read more...]

Mitt Romney: Focusing on What We Can Control

The Middle East is idealism’s graveyard. The last three presidents focused to a large degree on reforming and remaking the region, and each came to grief in his own way. Bill Clinton’s attempt at a grand bargain between Israel and Palestine dissolved into the Second Intifada; George Bush’s freedom agenda met the blood-red streets of Fallujah and Tal Afar and an insurgency overcome only by the military offensives of the surge and Maliki’s iron-fisted rule; and Barack Obama arrived in the presidency believing in the power of his own personality but now faces a chaotic Middle East under ever-greater Muslim Brotherhood and Iranian influence. Enough with the idealism.  [Read more...]

Libya: Why the Cover-up?

Over the last few days I’ve been focusing on the chain of events that led to the horrifying security breakdown in Benghazi (the “crime”). But leaving aside the crime, why the cover-up? Why would the administration invest so much of its credibility in the mob/video explanation? [Read more...]

Final Debate Thoughts: Obama’s Cowbell

After the utter disaster of the first debate, it’s almost as if President Obama and Vice President Biden decided they needed more snark and condescension like “Don’t Fear the Reaper” needed more cowbell. [Read more...]

Obama on Comedy Central: Four Dead Americans “Not Optimal”

President Barack Obama, during an interview with Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart, spoke about his response to the Benghazi attack:

“If four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal.” [Read more...]