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Hillary Clinton: 'Failure' to Help Syrian Rebels Led to the Rise of ISIS

August 11, 2014 President Obama has long ridiculed the idea that the U.S., early in the Syrian civil war, could have shaped the forces fighting the Assad regime, thereby stopping al Qaeda-inspired groups—like the one rampaging across Syria and Iraq today—from seizing control of the rebellion. In an interview in February, the president ...

U.S. 'Failure' in Syria Led to Iraq Crisis, Clinton Says

August 10, 2014 President Obama has long ridiculed the idea that the U.S., early in the Syrian civil war, could have shaped the forces fighting the Assad regime, thereby stopping al Qaeda-inspired groups—like the one rampaging across Syria and Iraq today—from seizing control of the rebellion. In an interview in February, the president ...

What Does Hamas Want?

August 5, 2014 In the spring of 2009, Roger Cohen, the New York Times columnist, surprised some of his readers byclaiming that Iran’s remaining Jews were “living, working and worshiping in relative tranquility.” Cohen wrote: “Perhaps I have a bias toward facts over words, but I say the reality of Iranian civility toward ...

Why Israel Is Facing Down a Total War With Hamas

August 1, 2014 It is too early to say anything definitive about the Hamas decision to apparently break the ceasefire and attack an Israeli position, except that if it is true, as reports indicate, that Hamas militants came through a tunnel and carried underground and back into Gaza a live Israeli captive, then ...

Why Is Israel Losing a War It's Winning?

July 27, 2014 Things change, of course—the only constant in the Middle East is sudden and dramatic change—but as I write it seems as if Israel is losing the war in Gaza, even as it wins the battle against Hamas’s rocket arsenal, and even as it destroys the tunnels meant to convey terrorists ...

Ignoring Syria in Favor of Everything Else

July 24, 2014 The responses to what I write about the Hamas war fall into several categories. My least favorite sort of response is the kind that invokes Hitler in some way. Here is an e-mail that is representative: “I hope Hitler kills you and your family.” (Yes, it was written in the ...

Why Hamas Chooses Rockets Over Nation Building

July 14, 2014 Mahmoud Abbas, the sometimes moderate, often ineffectual leader of the Palestinian Authority, just asked his rivals in Hamas a question that other bewildered people are also asking: “What are you trying to achieve by sending rockets?” The Gaza-based Hamas has recently fired more than 500 rockets at Israeli towns and ...

The New Map of the Middle East

June 19, 2014 Editor's Note: Defense One welcome's Jeffrey Goldberg back to the Atlantic Media family. So as I was saying…. First, a bit of housekeeping. I’m back at The Atlantic full-time. I’m going to be working mainly on stories for the magazine (I’m thinking of writing something on the case for reparations, ...

7 reasons why Israel should not attack Iran's nuclear facilities

August 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On his Twitter feed, Oren Kessler reports that news analysts on Israel's Channel 2 are in agreement that an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities seems to be imminent. Ari Shavit, of Haaretz, is reporting that an unnamed senior Israeli security official he interviewed who is identified in a headline ...