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    Secretary of State Kerry Bypasses Israel in First Middle East Trip

    Israel was a conspicuous omission when the itinerary of Secretary of State John Kerry’s first trip overseas to Europe and the Middle East was announced this week. Although Kerry will visit Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates, he will not be visiting America’s most important ally in … More

    Israel Signals Need for American Leadership in Addressing Iran’s Nuclear Threat

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak recently made comments that have fueled speculation about the looming confrontation with Iran over its nuclear weapons program. In an interview published by the Daily Beast on Friday, Barak was asked if there was any way that Israel could launch a military strike at Iran’s … More

    Kerry Confirmed by Senate

    The Senate today confirmed John Kerry to be the next Secretary of State by a vote of 94-3. As expected, the former Senator and Foreign Relations Committee chairman had no trouble sailing through his confirmation process. The only three dissenters were Republicans Jim Inhofe (OK), John Cornyn (TX), and Ted … More

    Obama Administration Prepares to Resume Nuclear Talks with Iran as Congress Ratchets Up Sanctions

    The long-stalled talks on Iran’s nuclear program will soon resume. Earlier this week, European Union diplomat Helga Schmid contacted Iran’s deputy nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri, “to discuss the way ahead, including possible dates and venues for talks,” according to State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland. Three rounds of talks this year … More

    Obama's "Friend" Calls Israel a "Terrorist State"

    Today, a ceasefire was announced in the ongoing conflict between Israel and the terrorist organization Hamas. With the current crisis apparently over, America must reflect back on what happened and how surrounding nations—including some of our allies in the region—reacted. Of note are Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statements … More

    Foreign Policy: No Apology for American Greatness

    While conservatives might be in a bit of a post-election funk, this is no time to compromise our principles—especially on foreign policy and national security, where Team Obama’s record has been less than stellar to say the least. Rather, now is the time to dig deep and fight for the … More

    Debate Prep: America's Role in the World

    The final presidential debate, on foreign policy, is scheduled for Monday, October 22. Moderator Bob Schieffer announced that the topics will be: “America’s Role in the World,” “Our Longest War—Afghanistan and Pakistan,” “Red Lines—Israel and Iran,” “The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism,” and “The Rise of … More

    Obama’s "Reset" with Russia: A Long Retreat

    The disgraceful firing of Radio Liberty’s loyal Moscow staff on September 20 and 21 is the latest chapter in the Obama’s Administration’s Russia policy retreat, also known as the “reset.” Forty-one dedicated and professional reporters with deep knowledge ofRussia—and in particular its human rights record—have been given their marching papers … More

    Distinctly Different Approaches at the U.N.: Obama and Netanyahu on Iran

    A nuclear-armed Iran was a key topic of discussion at the U.N. General Assembly this week, including speeches by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama. While both leaders agreed that “a nuclear-armed Iran is not a challenge that can be contained,” there are key differences in approaching … More

    Morning Bell: 5 Ways Obama Disappointed at the United Nations

    President Obama spoke to the United Nations General Assembly in New York yesterday – and what a disappointing speech it was. He actually scrapped his original speech outline to focus on the controversial YouTube video that many have suggested sparked recent anti-American attacks in the Middle East, including one in … More