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US Arms Sale Sends Mixed Messages to Israel

via Lobe Log by Mitchell Plitnick US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel may have insisted that the latest sale of US arms to Israel sent a strong message to Iran, but the actual message was a bit more...

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Kerry in the Mideast: Tilting at Windmills

via Lobe Log by Mitchell Plitnick Who is John Kerry trying to fool? His repeated trips to the Middle East have produced no change in the status quo and prevented neither the resignation of the US’...

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Little Support in Washington for Kerry’s Mideast Efforts

by Mitchell Plitnick While Secretary of State John Kerry was in Israel declaring his aim to “exhaust all the possibilities of peace” to try to stop wasting the Obama Administration’s time and energy on...

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Iranian Elections: Netanyahu, Neoconservatives Are the Big Losers

via LobeLog by Mitchell Plitnick Outside of Iran, there is no doubt that the biggest losers in Iran’s election this past weekend were the Likud government in Israel and its supporters, especially...

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Obama Punts Syria Question To Congress

via LobeLog by Mitchell Plitnick US President Barack Obama’s decision to use force in response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons but to seek Congressional approval before doing so was very surprising....

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On Iraq, Petraeus Still Marketing a Myth

via LobeLog by Wayne White In his Oct. 29 Foreign Policy article, “How We Won in Iraq”, General David Petraeus characterizes the 2003 US invasion and departure of US troops in 2011 as an American...

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Why Israeli-Palestinian Talks Will Fail, Again

via LobeLog by Mitchell Plitnick There is an odd sort of atmosphere today around the soon-to-fail Israel-Palestine talks. A dramatic gesture by the United States, presenting its own security plans to...

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Year of 2013 Brings No Change to US Policy On Israel And Palestinians

via LobeLog by Mitchell Plitnick When it comes to the tedious dance between the United States, Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the more things change, the more they stay the same. As 2013 draws...

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Kerry Lands In The Israel-Palestine Blame Game

via LobeLog by Mitchell Plitnick US Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Israel on Jan. 2, starting 2014 with an attempt to save what is increasingly looking like a doomed round of negotiations...

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Russia: Looking at History as a Continuation of Politics

by Igor Torbakov The leading Bolshevik historian Mikhail Pokrovsky famously defined history as “politics projected into the past.” Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, is taking that concept, and...

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