The curious case of the missing fatwa, &c.
President Obama keeps saying that Ali Khamenei, the “supreme leader” of Iran, has issued a fatwa that prohibits Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. I have two questions.
1. If the supreme leader has forbidden a nuclear weapon, what are we …
One Year After Morsi, How Goes Egypt?
Just over one year ago, Egyptians took to the streets in numbers never seen anywhere, ever on June 30, 2013, to protest against their Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi. Three days later, defense minister Abdul Fattah al-Sisi responded to this outpouring by overthrowing …
Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya: America’s Out of the Deposing-Rulers Business
Today’s Morning Jolt features a surprising vote for Ken Cuccinelli in the governor’s race, analysis of Putin’s maneuvering in the Syria crisis, and then a look at an element that’s been missing from the discussion of war in Syria:
As the Middle East Burns, Obama Is Drawn to Water . . . Hazards
An epic Morning Jolt to start the week — Joe Biden’s presidential ambitions; a look at the members of Congress who don’t feel they need a campaign website (one has a name that rhymes with Schmancy Schmelosi); a big event …
We Thanked Egypt For Eventually Protecting Our Embassy
A senior State Department official, briefing reporters about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s meeting with Egyptian President Morsi: “It began with the Secretary thanking the President for the security that was provided to our Embassy. We all understand that …
Three Policy Points for Romney to Raise
There was nothing inappropriate about Mitt Romney’s statement on the Libyan attacks this morning. If anything, his remarks were strikingly limited in scope. (The inane, narrative-obsessed, and apparently coordinated questions from the press didn’t help generate a substantive …
Allen West: There’s No ‘Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln or Reagan in Egypt.’
Via Twitter, Rep. Allen West of Florida joins the ranks of Republicans critical of Obama’s response to Egypt: “Obama shouldn’t demand the departure of Mubarak without knowing who fills void. No Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, or Reagan in Egypt.”
Why Would an American President Tout Mubarak’s Regime?
Two weekends ago, I was at a wedding, and another guest mentioned that he was being “good,” and honoring his wife’s request that he not check his Blackberry or Twitter feed. Knowing that the Ravens-Steelers NFL …
The limits of arousal, &c.
I know I should care intensely about the new Hillary scandals, and I do, in a way. But it’s hard for me to get aroused as before. (Pardon the word “aroused.” Should probably not be used in a Clinton …
Sisi’s Incompetent Anti-Islamist Campaign
Tuesday, an Egyptian court in short order sentenced some 529 people to death for the death of a single police officer. News like this gives one pause.
Very tough treatment of Islamists is needed to repress this totalitarian movement, including rejection …
Why Can’t We Be Honest About Egypt’s Aid?
The United States may sort-of, kind-of reduce part of Egypt’s economic aid, but leave our military aid to Egypt intact. This comes after several weeks of the Obama administration and State Department pretending that what happened in Egypt wasn’t really …
Foreign Aid Promises on Kerry’s Debut Trip: $310 Million and Counting
Was sequestration really the best time for the Obama administration to send new Secretary of State John Kerry overseas to announce $250 million in assistance to Egypt and $60 million in assistance to the Syrian rebels?
Because I’m sure we’ll …
Obama’s Mistake Is Much Bigger Than an ‘Ally’ Gaffe
Allow me to deviate slightly from the emerging consensus that President Obama stepped in it mightily when he said that “I don’t think we would consider them an ally, but we don’t consider them an enemy.”
How would …
Anti-American Violence Strikes U.S. Diplomats in Libya, Egypt
The lead item in the Morning Jolt is outrage-inducing . . .
Libyans Kill U.S. Ambassador, Other Americans; Egyptians Storm U.S. Embassy, Burn Flag
Enraging news out of Libya this morning:
The U.S. ambassador to Libya died as Libya militants …
The United States vs. Egypt: Exchequer Metrics
National Review has had a lot to say about American exceptionalism in the past year. There is no question, in my mind, about American exceptionalism during the 20th century. What about today? How do we stack up with, say, those …