The Point of No Return: Clearly the Obama Administration Won’t Ever Do Anything Serious Against Iran’s Nuclear Program

From Rubin Reports The Point of No Return: Clearly the Obama Administration Won't Ever Do Anything Serious Against Iran's Nuclear Program Posted: 22 Jan 2010 11:56 AM PST By Barry Rubin We must now face an extremely unpleasant truth: even giving the Obama Administration every possible break regarding its Iran policy it is now clear that the U.S. government isn’t going to take strong action on the nuclear weapons’ issue. Note that I Continue Reading

U.S. Policy Toward Pakistan and Afghanistan Under the Obama Administration

From Gloria-Centre.Org U.S. POLICY TOWARD PAKISTAN AND AFGHANISTAN UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION By Isaac Kfir * The study examines how the United States has come to deal with Afghanistan-Pakistan, a key foreign policy challenge for the Obama administration. It focuses on President Obama's new policy known as AfPak, the Kerry-Lugar Act, and other U.S. initiatives adopted since 2009 in order to help stabilize the situation in South Asia. Continue Reading

It’s Starting to Look As If The Obama Administration Has Learned Nothing from Its First Year

From Rubins Report It’s Starting to Look As If The Obama Administration Has Learned Nothing from Its First Year Posted: 14 Jan 2010 11:45 AM PST Please subscribe for ongoing coverage of these issues By Barry Rubin In the United States, about half the population and most of the policy elite thinks that President Barack Obama’s administration is a great success internationally. The other half doesn’t. A key reason for the first group’s Continue Reading

“Outsmarting” the Terrorists by Being Incredibly Stupid?

From Rubin Reports Wednesday, January 6, 2010 “Outsmarting” the Terrorists by Being Incredibly Stupid? By Barry Rubin Here’s my usual disclaimer: I would love to be able to stop criticizing the Obama Administration but it keeps saying and doing things that shock and surprise me or—if you want to put it this way—live up to my worst expectations. I’m sitting on a U.S. army base briefing officers along with a high-ranking State Continue Reading

Obama gives INTERPOL new police powers in U.S.

From WND A little-discussed executive order from President Obama giving foreign cops new police powers in the United States by exempting them from such drudgery as compliance with the Freedom of Information Act is raising alarm among commentators who say INTERPOL already had most of the same privileges as diplomats. At David Horowitz's Newsreal, Michael van der Galien said the issue is Obama's expansion of President Ronald Reagan's order from Continue Reading

Sending Kerry to Iran? A Thoroughly Bad Idea

From Rubin Reports Sending Kerry to Iran? A Thoroughly Bad Idea Posted: 27 Dec 2009 08:54 AM PST By Barry Rubin The story of the United States and Iran regarding sanctions and pressures reminds me of Woody Allen's joke in the film "Sleeper" after he awakes following 2000 years asleep: My analyst was a strict Freudian and if I'd been going four times a week all this time I'd be cured by now. The proposal to send Senator John Kerry to Iran Continue Reading

U.S. sees homegrown Muslim extremism as rising threat

From LA Times The Obama administration, grappling with a spate of recent Islamic terrorism cases on U.S. soil, has concluded that the country confronts a rising threat from homegrown extremism. Anti-terrorism officials and experts see signs of accelerated radicalization among American Muslims, driven by a wave of English-language online propaganda and reflected in aspiring fighters' trips to hot spots such as Pakistan and Somalia. Europe Continue Reading

Goldstone, U.S. Policy and the Looming Veto: If the UN is so Irresponsible Why is Obama Its Biggest Cheerleader?

From RubinReports Goldstone, U.S. Policy and the Looming Veto: If the UN is so Irresponsible Why is Obama Its Biggest Cheerleader? [Please subscribe. Reality is just getting started in beating up on the Obama Administration and the world in general. Lots of analysis to come.] By Barry Rubin Now that the UN General Assembly has endorsed the Goldstone Report--a collection of Hamas propoaganda without any independent investigation--the Continue Reading

The Middle East: Can You Handle the Truth?

From Gloria-Centre.Org The Middle East: Can You Handle the Truth? If you find these articles useful and interesting, please read and subscribe to Barry Rubin's blog, Rubin Reports, at <http://www.rubinreports.blogspot.com>: The Obama Administration has no idea of what is about to happen. After all, it has won hasn't it and done something positive for the Palestinians, right? It demanded that Israel freeze all construction on West Continue Reading

Why does the US insist on playing Iran’s game?

From JPost The great experiment of engaging Iran seems to be over but the Obama administration refuses to admit it. This shouldn't come as a surprise. As the Iranian regime's record shows, it stalls, maneuvers, gives vague promises and then doesn't deliver, but only after it's taken your concessions. Do you know how many years the talks with Iran have gone on without yielding fruit and letting Teheran develop nuclear weapons every day? Answer: Continue Reading