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Dana Milbank, “Trey Gowdy’s unexpected Benghazi twist”: Who Cares If Documents Were Culled by …

September 18, 2014, 8:58 am

In his latest Washington Post opinion piece entitled “Trey Gowdy’s unexpected Benghazi twist ,” Dana Milbank praises Republican Congressman Gowdy for the manner in which he chaired the first public hearing of the House’s new Benghazi select committee Read More »

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James Bamford, “Israel’s N.S.A. Scandal”: The New York Times Continues to Wage War Against Israel

September 17, 2014, 2:54 pm

So, you’re interested in having a guest opinion piece published in The New York Times ? Unless you’re Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin or Henry Kissinger, it’s not an easy thing to do. On the other hand, if you write an opinion piece – no matter how vapid or inane – excoriating Israel, you’re chances of being published improve immeasurably. Read More »

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Thomas Friedman, “Take a Deep Breath”: What If Friedman Was Decapitated by ISIS?

September 17, 2014, 8:20 am

What if it had been Obama’s friend Thomas Friedman, and not James Foley, who had been captured by ISIS? Do you think Obama would have delayed a rescue mission? And if it had been Friedman who had been decapitated by ISIS in August, do you think Obama Read More »

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Haaretz, “Bill Clinton strays from Hillary’s Israel script and knocks Netanyahu”: DON’T VOTE FOR …

September 16, 2014, 7:24 pm

In a Haaretz article entitled “Bill Clinton strays from Hillary’s Israel script and knocks Netanyahu ,” Chemi Shalev informs us that Bill Clinton, joining his wife at the Harkin Steak Fry in Iowa on Sunday, agreed with a pro-Palestinian activist that “If we don’t force him to have peace, we won’t have peace. Read More »

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David Brooks, “Goodbye, Organization Man”: ISIS, Yes; Ebola, Not yet

September 16, 2014, 10:16 am

In his latest New York Times op-ed entitled “Goodbye, Organization Man ,” David Brooks segues from the repetitive need to cobble together coalitions to fight “jihadism,” to periodic unpreparedness to combat epidemics such as the current Ebola crisis, to “general institutional decay. Read More »

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Israel’s Next War: Just Around the Corner

September 15, 2014, 10:08 am

All is quiet on the border with Gaza. Israel’s recent war with Hamas and Islamic Jihad set the economy of Gaza back by a decade, and it will be quite some time before these two terror organizations dare send another rocket into Israel.On the other hand, the quiet on Israel’s northern border with Gaza is deceptive. Read More »

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Ross Douthat, “The Middle East’s Friendless Christians”: Ignorance Is Bliss

September 14, 2014, 9:38 am

“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” – Daniel Patrick Moynihan Driving in central Israel this morning, I happened to notice a bumper sticker on a car in front of me. On the bumper sticker was one word in English: “Coexist. Read More »

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Thomas Friedman, “What’s Their Plan?”: Three Things You Should Never Do in Life

September 13, 2014, 10:58 pm

Always ready with advice for the foolish and unwary, would-be Middle East expert Thomas Friedman begins his latest New York Times op-ed entitled “What’s Their Plan? ,” subtitled “Obama’s Strategy for Fighting ISIS Isn’t All About Us,” by declaring: Read More »

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Maureen Dowd, “Throw the Bums Out”: Might The New York Times Trade Dowd for The Washington Post’s

September 13, 2014, 9:58 pm

Fantasy journalism, anyone?What if The New York Times was to trade Maureen Dowd to The Washington Post in exchange for Fareed Zakaria? They both hit from the left-hand side of the plate, and both are known for past base thefts. WaPo would maintain its balance between lefties and righties and could increase crowd attendance. Read More »

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“Joining” Obama’s Coaltion Against ISIS, Qatar Pays $20 Million to Al-Nusra to Free 45 Fijian UN …

September 13, 2014, 12:18 pm

As reported by Ynetnews in an article entitled “Qatar paid ransom for release of Fijian peacekeepers ” by Roi Kais: “Syrian opposition sources said on Saturday that Qatar paid militants from the Nusra Front in Syria a ransom of $20 million in exchange for the release of the 45 Fijian UN peacekeepers, the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported. Read More »

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David Brooks, “The Reluctant Leader”: Comparing Obama With Moses

September 12, 2014, 7:50 am

Holy Moses! Although we have grown increasingly accustomed to David Brooks’s pseudo-philosophical babble over the course of the years, none of this prepared us for his latest New York Times op-ed entitled “The Reluctant Leader ,” which has to be his worst opinion piece ever. Read More »

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Turkey Refuses to Join US-led Coalition Against ISIS

September 11, 2014, 10:24 pm

Perhaps you remember how Obama named Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan as one of his best overseas friends in 2012 . You cannot possibly have forgotten how Obama and Kerry sought to force Israel to accept Turkish and Qatari mediation involving its war with Hamas this past summer. Read More »

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Obama: “No Religion Condones the Killing of Innocents”: What About Honor Killings?

September 11, 2014, 7:50 am

In his speech from the White House last night, laying out his game plan “to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL,” President Obama declared: “Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not ‘Islamic.’ No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. Read More »

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Maureen Dowd’s Column Disappears From The New York Times on Wednesdays

September 10, 2014, 5:56 am

“Starting Sept. 10, Maureen Dowd’s column is no longer published on Wednesdays. It continues to appear in Sunday Review” New York Times readers have been informed today that the Queen of Snark’s column will only appear in the Opinion Pages on Sundays. What happened? Surely there is a newsworthy story here. Read More »

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Roger Cohen, “A War of Choice in Gaza”: A 21st Century Blood Libel

September 9, 2014, 7:16 am

Warning! Reading Roger (“Iran is not totalitarian”) Cohen’s latest New York Times op-ed, “A War of Choice in Gaza ,” could induce nausea and vomiting. But before analyzing the content of Cohen’s “opinion piece,” it is first necessary to recount a few facts. Read More »

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Thomas Friedman, “Leading From Within”: Killing Two Birds With One Stone?

September 7, 2014, 12:34 am

No matter what the problem, big or small, Thomas Friedman has an answer. Unfortunately, most of his answers are wrong. Read More »

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Maureen Dowd, “Is It WWIII or Just Twitter?”: A “Bucket-List” Visit to Stonehenge

September 7, 2014, 12:24 am

Notwithstanding a rash of decapitations by ISIS, Obama has not lost his head, and he has calmly made his way from the Farm Neck Golf Course in Martha’s Vineyard to Stonehenge, where he declared yesterday with a toothy grin: “How cool is this? It is spectacular.” I’m happy to know that you’re having a swell time, Mr. Read More »

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Fareed Zakaria, “Why they still hate us, 13 years later”: Nonsense

September 5, 2014, 1:04 pm

Why The Washington Post continues to publish Fareed Zakaria’s inane opinion pieces is beyond my ken. In his latest WaPo op-ed entitled “Why they still hate us, 13 years later,” Zakaria declares: “Barbarism is designed to provoke anger, and it succeeded. Read More »

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David Brooks, “The Body and the Spirit”: Is Decapitation Different?

September 5, 2014, 5:24 am

Once again, it’s time to be politically incorrect.Reflecting on the decapitations of James Foley and Steven Sotloff in his latest New York Times op-ed entitled “The Body and the Spirit ,” David Brooks asks, “Why does separating a head with a knife Read More »

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Samantha Power: Syria Still Has Chemical Weapons

September 5, 2014, 3:36 am

As reported by Reuters in an article entitled “U.N. cites concerns over possible gaps in Syria’s declared chemical arms ,” there is concern that Bashar al-Assad did not hand over all of Syria’s chemical weapons for destruction. Read More »

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David Ignatius, “The ‘slows’ of Obama’s Islamic State strategy”: A Contradiction in Terms

September 5, 2014, 3:14 am

In a Washington Post opinion piece entitled “The ‘slows’ of Obama’s Islamic State strategy ,” Obama cheerleader David Ignatius writes: “The administration is moving cautiously to fulfill President Obama’s promise to ‘degrade and destroy’ the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Read More »

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Nude Actresses and Beheadings: More Information Than We Need to Know?

September 4, 2014, 8:08 am

Over the past couple of days, the Internet has been awash with articles concerning the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff by ISIS and the apparent hacking of individual iCloud accounts. Images of the decapitation are freely available. Read More »

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