Iran Postponed

Nuclear talks with Iran resume September 19, and the Obama administration is correct in stating that a breakthrough is unlikely. It is baffling why it is not widely known that the U.S. cannot conclude a deal before the November mid-term elections. Doing so would bring a congressional veto. After the mid-terms, the administration will face less bipartisan and Israeli opposition – at least not a vociferous as one before. September 18, 2014

People's Pulse

A recent poll conducted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs indicates that with 71 percent of Americans believing that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were not worth it, there are strong opinions against putting boots on the ground unless there is a convincing security threat. Iran getting a nuclear weapon is a case in point. While a clear majority favors the current negotiations, if they fail, six in ten would favor active troop combat to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power. American pacifism should not be overrated. September 23, 2014

Open Season on Obama's Foreign Policy

September 18, 2014

It is no surprise that, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll, 56 percent of Americans disapprove of the president’s handling of international affairs. Foreign policy experts in Congress, which includes almost every one, and in the media, which includes almost every one, have been beating the drum about Obama’s feckless, weak, soft, indecisive, non-strategic approach to a highly dangerous world.  ...more

Discord over Strategy Seems Clear

September 19, 2014

The military has some concerns about Obama's strategy. The apparent disconnect between how the military sees the current conflict and how to resource it and the White House's vision of the same is defining the mission in these early days. The WaPo's Craig Whitlock: "Flashes of disagreement over how to fight the Islamic State are mounting between President Obama and U....more

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