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    Morning Bell: The Administration's Messy Story on Libya Attack

    Washington is notorious for dropping news it doesn’t want scrutinized too closely on the last day of the work week. So last Friday was a convenient time for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to release a statement about the Obama Administration’s conflicting accounts of the attack … 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

    Obama Should Assert Resolve the World Can Believe In

    With his address to the United Nations this week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated, “I do believe the system of empires has reached the end of the road. The world can no longer see an emperor commanding it.” The very real threat of hostilities continues to rise as Iranian posturing … More

    Public Diplomacy as Apology

    Judging by President Obama’s speech to the U.N. General Assembly yesterday, U.S. public diplomacy messaging on the Middle East crisis is stuck perpetually on a setting of “apology.” It has been this way since the much-criticized September 11 statement from the U.S. embassy in Cairo, which apologized to the threatening … More

    Obama’s Appeasement

    The attacks on United States embassies in the Middle East raise questions about President Obama’s policy in the region. But the administration’s reaction to these events is troubling as well. Its strong condemnation of a video it claims incited the violence, its attempt to censor the video, and its weak … More

    INFOGRAPHIC: Obama Foreign Policy Strewn with "Bumps in the Road"

    In an interview with 60 Minutes on Sunday, President Obama referred to the problematic relations with Middle Eastern governments as “bumps in the road.” These “bumps” (failures, in reality) are the result of a policy based on profound naiveté and shortsightedness. When he came to office, President Obama attempted to … 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

    Obama Has Another Jimmy Carter Moment at the U.N.

    President Obama’s U.N. speech offered little confidence for those living in the direct firing line of an Iran, which may soon be armed with a nuclear weapon. For the people of Israel—and millions living in the Gulf states that lie in the shadow of Tehran—Obama’s address to the U.N. must … More

    Iran Escalates Threats Ahead of Ahmadinejad’s United Nations Speech

    The war of nerves between Iran and Israel continued to escalate over the weekend as a prominent Iranian officer in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps threatened to launch a pre-emptive attack on Israel if Tehran concluded that an Israeli attack was imminent. Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of … More

    Concerns Deepen about Syria’s Chemical Weapons as Iran Admits Propping Up Assad Regime

    A Syrian defector, who was formerly involved in Syria’s chemical weapons program, charged that the Assad regime has mulled using chemical weapons against opposition forces and predicted that the regime would not hesitate to do so as a last resort. Major General Adnan Sillu, who defected to the opposition three … More