Category Archives: Middle East

Top 10 Predictions for 2013: Results

Three years ago, I started this blog with my top 10 predictions for 2011. I also polled readers on these same predictions. At the end of the year, my accuracy rate was 40%, while my readers were right 50% of … Continue reading

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Syria: A Colossal Foreign Policy Blunder That Obama Can Still Avoid

It has been some time since this blog has addressed foreign policy, but the Obama administration is about to make a mistake so reckless, ill-conceived, and cataclysmically stupid that failing to speak out about it before it happens would be … Continue reading

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Remembering Jay on Memorial Day 2013

Every Memorial Day, I believe it is my duty to honor the sacrifice of my friend, Jay. As the world changes and the years fade, it is important that those who remain never forget. Jay exemplifies that long gray line … Continue reading

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Top 10 Predictions for 2013

Two years ago, I started this blog with my top 10 predictions for 2011. I also polled readers on these same predictions. At the end of the year, my accuracy rate was 40%, while my readers were right 50% of … Continue reading

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Top 10 Predictions for 2012: Results

In 2011, I started this blog with my top 10 predictions for 2011. I also polled readers on these same predictions. At the end of that year, my accuracy rate was 40%, while my readers were right 50% of the … Continue reading

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Remembering Jay Again on Memorial Day

It is not just on Memorial Day that I am reminded of Jay’s sacrifice for his country. However, it is on Memorial Day that I find it appropriate to remind others of his honorable life, which was underscored by his … Continue reading

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Iran: Going through the Motions

The United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany agreed today to face-to-face talks with Iran regarding its nuclear program. While I am confident the talks will lead to nothing, they are a necessary component of the United States’ coercive … Continue reading

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Six Silly Questions Reporters Should Not Ask of Anyone Advocating Military Action Against Iran

Reza Marachi and Trita Parsi published a piece on The Huffington Post Friday called “Six Questions Reporters Should Ask of Anyone Advocating Military Action Against Iran.” They take the usual liberal approach that the “silly” warmongering Neanderthals just don’t get … Continue reading

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Tis the Season of Dictators

Starting with the demise of Saddam Hussein, a number of Middle Eastern dictators from Hosni Mubarak to Muammar Qaddafi have fallen from power. Yet one remains: Admiral General Aladeen. Of course, Admiral General Aladeen is comedian Sacha Baron Cohen’s amalgamation … Continue reading

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Where Are the Carriers?

Over the last few weeks, Stratfor, a global intelligence site, has provided updates on the approximate location of the American carrier fleet. According to Stratfor’s estimates, two carriers are operating in or near the Persian Gulf, another is operating in the … Continue reading

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