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" Even today, when the Obama administration has liberalized travel to Cuba - and failed to reverse that liberalization when Alan Gross was imprisoned - there are limits. "
" Like all forms of collective security, multilateral sanctions require a unanimity rarely achieved in international politics. "
" Turkey's solidarity with Hamas is not, of course, based on Arab nationalism, which as a non-Arab nation it does not support. It is instead based on a definition of the Mideast conflict as one between Jews and Muslims, precisely the position of Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. "
" The Fayyad cabinet may well be the best the Palestinians ever get. But whatever its good qualities, there is no democracy. "
" Needless to say, if the Arab-Israeli conflict is about interstate disputes and the need to resolve the future of the West Bank and Gaza, it can be solved; if it is a religious conflict, nothing but violence is ahead. "
" Dubai must crack down on rampant smuggling, and the U.A.E. federal government has significantly stepped up pressure. "
" I well remember a leading Egyptian liberal saying to me in 2003 that she did not favor free elections right then in Egypt; she favored them in a decade's time if she and others had those 10 years to organize freely. "
" In public, an admission of technological inadequacy would be too embarrassing. "
" Israel and the Palestinians had been at the table together for decades until the Obama/Mitchell/Rahm Emanuel decision to demand a total end to Israeli construction froze not the settlements but the diplomacy. "
" America's relations with complex Middle Eastern states such as Egypt are often difficult. "
" Terrorists that kill Americans don't get released. "
" On the human rights side, administration policy has been marked by indifference. When the people of Iran flooded the streets to protest the theft of their presidential election in June 2009, President Obama was silent for 11 days. "
" Al Qaeda's message that violence, terrorism and extremism are the only answer for Arabs seeking dignity and hope is being rejected each day in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain and throughout the Arab lands. "
" The United States treated Gaddafi as an enemy due to his support for terrorism against us, until a rapprochement of sorts began under Pres. George W. Bush at the very end of 2003. "
" You are not practicing Judaism if you celebrate Christmas. "
" In critical ways, Obama has reversed not just Bush policy but every president's approach to the world since the Second World War, save for that of his soulmate Jimmy Carter. "
" Israel's flexibility is dependent on its sense of security. "
" Thousands of members of Congress have come and gone over the years, their individual achievements hidden in committee reports, private compromises, amendments pushed through or blocked, and innumerable, unnoticed meetings. "
" While Argentina, Brazil, and Chile - what in textbooks used to be called the ABC countries - seem settled into democratic politics and free market economics, the Andean countries are in disarray. "
" While foreign competitors, French or Japanese or German, merrily bid for contracts abroad, American companies find themselves tangled in a web of legislation designed to express disapproval, block trade in certain commodities, or perhaps deny resources to disfavored or hostile regimes. "
" When a deeply sympathetic American president asks for concessions and compromises and appears able to cajole some from the Palestinians, which was the Clinton/Rabin and Bush/Sharon combination, Israel must respond. "
" Bahai Iranians are barred from holding government jobs, their children are excluded from the nation's university system, their marriages are not recognized and their cemeteries and holy places have been desecrated. It is government policy to incite hatred of Bahais in the official media. "
" When freedom of the press is threatened, the United States should be leading efforts to protect it. "
" Libya as a country is a relatively new concept. The period of Libya as a modern nation really starts after World War II. "
" President Obama has never summarized the Obama Doctrine with such clarity, but here is what it would look like: 'I will undertake any military attack against our enemies, regardless of the risks and collateral damage, so long as it is over by the time I have to announce it.' "
" The United States should encourage Israel to take further steps to improve the Palestinian economy. "
" President Bush was disgusted by the Assad regime's oppression of the Syrian people as well as its support for terrorism, interference in Lebanon, and encouragement of jihadist attacks on Americans in Iraq. "
" At the United Nations, a lynch mob for Israel is always just a moment away. "
" Gadhafi's vicious regime has left Libya far worse than he found it on the day of his coup in 1969. "
" The Egyptian military and the government of Israel have long had a common interest in maintaining order and fighting terrorism in Sinai. "
" People are entitled to believe the government is constantly lying to them, but it isn't. "