Netanyahu Is a National Security Risk — And Washington Knows It

Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu

An anonymous U.S. official caused a dustup when he called the Israeli prime minister “chickenshit.” Others might have said worse.

Last month, an anonymous U.S. official stirred a tempest in a teapot when he called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “a chickenshit” in comments to theAtlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg. The insinuation was that while Netanyahu will happily rile up his right-wing base on issues related to Palestine or Iran, he lacks the political courage to take meaningful steps to resolve either conflict.

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Repeating our Middle East mistakes

Obama’s Middle East foreign policy is likely to increase hatred for the U.S.

President Barack Obama’s latest foray into the Middle East is unfortunately reactive and uninformed and shows how very little he seems to take into account our bloody history in the region.

It’s as if the past quarter century never happened.

Where do we begin? After practically pushing Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to invade Kuwait in 1990 (by having Kuwait demand quick payment on Billions of dollars of previous loans to Iraq and having our Ambassador in Baghdad tell Hussein that the U.S. has no treaty obligations to defend Kuwait), American air strikes killed tens of thousands of Iraqi soldiers in the first Persian Gulf War. This was followed by nearly 10 years of crippling economic sanctions against Iraq, resulting in the death of a half million Iraqi children for lack of medicine, sanitation and malnutrition.

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Ebola: Quarantines and Transmission


October 29, 2014 – Segment 3

We discuss some issues around Ebola, including the question of quarantines and how the virus is transmitted.  We are joined by: Dr. Adil Shamoo,Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, Senior Analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus, and author of Equal Worth – When Humanity Will Have Peace; Dr. Zackary Berger, Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Associate Faculty at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics; and Dr. Dougbeh Nyan, Liberian Infectious Disease Specialist; and Dr. Meryl Nass, an internal medicine physician.

Islamic State Update


September 29, 2014 – Segment 3

We turn to the latest on Islamic State and US airstrikes on Syria and Iraq, with: Benjamin Friedman, Research Fellow in Defense and Homeland Security Studies for Cato Institute; Dr. Adil Shamoo, Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, Senior Analyst forForeign Policy in Focus, and Author of Equal Worth – When Humanity Will Have Peace; and Dr. Thabit Abdullah, Associate Professor of Middle East History and Associate Dean for External Relations at York University, Toronto.

Treat ISIS Like an Onion

Obama’s recent decision to attack ISIS in Iraq and follow it into Syria is the latest act in an ongoing tragedy. (Photo: Freedom House / Flickr)

Like layers of an onion, ISIS supporters can be carefully peeled away. But not if Obama goes into Syria and Iraq with a mallet.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a symptom—not the cause—of turbulence in the Middle East. It is a symptom of oppressive, corrupt, and undemocratic regimes supported and manipulated by the United States, Europe, and Iraq’s neighbors, including Iran, to serve their own interests.

ISIS, in reality an offshoot of al-Qaeda, is partly the result of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. The United States, through its actions and the form of governance it created in Iraq, brought forth the sectarian divide in that country.

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Israel’s unjust war

Today’s talking heads regularly parrot the line that Israel has the right to defend itself, as if the Palestinians occupy Israel and are dominating it with the best military in the world. Then, the undeniable implication, Israel’s incursions and bombardments are “just” in other words, a “just war.”

In this case, one man’s “just war” is another’s ethnic cleansing. Do the Palestinians have no natural right to defend themselves from the onslaught of Israel’s military, from 50 years of occupation, death, poverty and despair? What is to happen to them when Israel’s “just war” is over?

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