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What Netanyahu didn't say

March 25, 2015  •  The Washington Times

What is it about Israel in general and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in particular that leads to so much careless reporting and tendentious commentary?

Start with The New York Times, trendsetter that it is, which ran this headline on March 16: "Netanyahu Says No to Statehood for Palestinians." An editorial then referred to the prime minister's "outright rejection of a Palestinian state." Columnist Thomas Friedman piled on, accusing Mr. Netanyahu of having "declared" he would "never permit a two state-solution between Israelis and Palestinians."

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A farewell to arms control treaties

March 18, 2015  •  The Washington Times

Philosopher-comedian Lily Tomlin used to say, "No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up." Has that ever been truer than it is in Washington right now?

Last week, we learned that the deal the Obama administration has been attempting to negotiate with the Islamic Republic of Iran will not be "legally binding."

"We're not negotiating a legally binding plan," Secretary of State John Kerry told a congressional hearing. "We're negotiating a plan that will have a capacity for enforcement."

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The ayatollah in winter

March 10, 2015  •  The Washington Times

The Lord works in mysterious ways. That sentence does not appear in the Koran. Nor, actually, is it found in the Bible. But in recent days it has probably occurred to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's Supreme Leader.

On the one hand, he is reportedly suffering from cancer, an advanced stage. On the other hand, he is tantalizing close to winning battles he has been fighting for more than a quarter-century, since he assumed the mantle of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, charismatic leader of the 1979 Islamic Revolution and founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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The dubious deal of the century

March 4, 2015  •  The Washington Times

Remember when President Obama said that to prevent the Islamic Republic of Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapons capability, he would keep all options "on the table"? How long has it been since anyone took that warning seriously?

Remember when Mr. Obama said he didn't "bluff," that "when the United States says it is unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon, we mean what we say," adding: "We've got Israel's back." Does anyone think those statements are still "operative"?

Remember when Mr. Obama's spokesmen said that striking a bad deal with Iran would be worse than striking no deal at all, and that a good deal means Iran dismantles its nuclear weapons programs?

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Vladimir Putin's rule book

February 25, 2015  •  The Washington Times

Last week, two Russian long-range bombers skirted the southwest coast of England. British Typhoon warplanes scrambled from their base to "escort" the bombers away. Prime Minister David Cameron accused Moscow of "trying to make some sort a point."

Yes, probably so. Among other things, Vladimir Putin is reportedly angry over British Foreign Secretary Michael Fallon's warning that Russia now represents a "real and present danger." The Russian president, he fears, might do to one of NATO's Baltic members — Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania — what he has done to Ukraine.

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