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The Middle East & Beyond
June 29, 2012

What Should We Make of Iranian Anti-Semitism?

On Wednesday the New York Times ran a fascinating piece authored by Thomas Erdbrink, dateline Tehran, under the title “Iran’s Vice President Makes Anti-Semitic Speech at Forum.” The twelve-paragraph article describes the remarks of Iranian Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi at a United Nations-sponsored conference on the illegal drug trade. For those who have not seen […]

June 25, 2012

Turkey Mulls Response to Syria

All the newspapers reported the Syrian downing of a Turkish military jet yesterday off the Syrian coast. And all the papers as well as the electronic media have reported the joint Syrian–Turkish effort to locate the pilots, and the various statements of the two sides about what happened and who is to blame for it. […]

In Syria, Annan Has Only One Bullet—and It’s a Blank

Jim Hoagland’s commentary on Kofi Annan and his Syria peace mission is worth a brief remark. Hoagland defends Annan’s tactics, which he associates with the “Yemeni variant” method of getting rid of Bashir al-Assad. The key, Hoagland contends, is not persuading Assad himself, because everyone knows, Annan included, that that isn’t going to work. The […]

The Real Problem with Security Leaks

In my last post, I mentioned finding relatively few nits to pick with the Times and Post coverage of Egypt last weekend. That wasn’t the case, however, with one of yesterday’s op-eds, the one by David Ignatius discussing the nature of national security leaks. Ignatius’s topic is the new book by David Sanger of the […]

NYT, WaPo Get It Mostly Right on Egypt, Libya

I had planned to spend most of yesterday, Sunday, working in the garden, particularly harvesting and culling our plums. I have three trees: two standard purple, and one golden blush Japanese hybrid. But it got hot, I got most of the work done, and I couldn’t help but read the Sunday papers. And doing so, […]

June 22, 2012

Three Cheers for Serviceable Hypocrisy

In response to my most recent post, one of my loyal readers (my only loyal reader, for all I know) asked me to expound on the U.S. policy implications of what is going on in Egypt. I was going to do so in that earlier post, but I try to keep these things relatively short, […]

June 20, 2012

In Egypt, the Stage Is Set for Some Real Drama

One of the commenters in my last post criticized me for misunderstanding the situation in Egypt. I stood accused of exaggerating the revolutionary reality of the post-Mubarak period. Apparently, this commentator is unaware of what I have written about Egypt since January of last year. So let me briefly repeat my original analysis from 18 […]

June 15, 2012

Still More of the Same—and Something New

Yesterday’s events in Egypt are more of the same, but in this case really something new. The dissolution of the parliament confirms beyond all doubt the contention made here in February 2010 that the Egyptian military would not cede power to civilians if it could at all help it. The dissolution, combined with a court […]

June 13, 2012

The Muddled East [Updated]

The news from the region over the past few days constitutes, as always, more of the same and yet something new. Let me take you on a selective tour, ending with the most attention-arresting story of our time—Syria. Of all the developments in the Arab world, none come close to being as important as those […]

June 11, 2012

More Fish?

By far the biggest political story of the weekend, and one likely to be with us in one form or another for a while, concerns Administration leaks of sensitive national security matters (mainly) to the New York Times. The basics of the story are already well known. On Friday Attorney General Eric Holder directed two […]

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