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" In the Philippines, Gloria Arroyo is the daughter of Diosdado Macapagal - but his term ended in 1965, and she was elected in 2001. Hardly a hand-off. "
" Sari Nusseibeh is a man without a country. "
" Why are diplomatic cables secret at all? "
" American power remains today what it was in the Second World War and the Cold War: the greatest force for freedom in the world. "
" The question was never whether the United States, E.U., NATO, Arab League, U.N. Security Council, and African Union could together using economic sanctions, diplomatic pressure, and military attacks to bring Qaddafi down. The question was always how much time, how much blood, and what damage to NATO. "
" As the Palestinian leadership never seems to pay any penalty for its words, America's seriousness about the peace process is in doubt. "
" I don't think a Palestinian state is going to be created at a conference table; it will be created on the ground in the West Bank, and some day, a peace conference will ratify that which has been built on the ground. "
" 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. "
" Pinochet took power in a 1973 military coup that the United States supported. "
" The way for the Palestinians to get a state is to go ahead and build it. "
" The Iron Dome is great for the U.S. "
" Sometimes the results of a first free election will find the moderates so poorly organized that extreme groups can eke out a victory, as Hamas did when it gained a 44-to-41 percent margin in the Palestinian election of 2006. "
" The United States already has in place comprehensive trade sanctions against Sudan, imposed because of the regime's support for terrorism. While we maintain diplomatic relations, we do not staff our embassy there. "
" The Obama administration has been trying out a new policy toward Syria since the day it came to office. The Bush cold shoulder was viewed as a primitive reaction, now to be replaced by sophisticated diplomacy. Outreach would substitute for isolation. "
" Rahm Emanuel seems to think he knows Israel very well, and that the way to treat that country and its democratically-elected government is the way he treats all opponents in politics: by attacking and attacking. "
" During most of the Bush administration, human rights and democracy in Egypt were on the front burner. "
" Nineteen-seventy-nine had been a year of American setbacks around the globe. Before the year began, Cuban troops were already roaming Angola, and a pro-Communist regime ruled Ethiopia. "
" Tunisian liberals say that the U.S. Embassy in Tunis is unengaged with their efforts to make sure the Tunisian model remains one of expanding freedom. "
" First impressions matter. Experts say we size up new people in somewhere between 30 seconds and two minutes. "
" Huge numbers of embassy cables are labeled 'unclassified' or 'limited official use' and deal with mundane matters. "
" Those who cannot remember the past are condemned, it seems, to direct the Middle East policy of the Obama administration. "
" Pessimism is rife in Israel. "
" Immanuel Kant famously claimed that 'he who wills the ends wills the means,' but he never spent much time in Washington. "
" 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. "
" It is a natural goal of Iran to try and expel the Fifth Fleet from Bahrain. "
" The presence of jihadis in Syria should be no surprise. "
" After 9/11, we did see Palestinian terrorism in the context of all terrorism. "
" Every Arab 'republic' has been a republic of fear, but only Saddam Hussein's Iraq surpassed the Assads' Syria in number of victims. "
" If a Jewish group sat down with a Christian conservative group, and there was a so-called Messianic Jew at the table, that would be the end of the meeting. "
" At the height of the Cold War, when Ronald Reagan was president, the Soviets and their allies and satellites did not shirk human rights debates with the West. They had their arguments ready. "
" It seems clear to me that the Obama Administration has no human rights policy. That is, while in some inchoate sense they would like respect for human rights to grow around the world, as all Americans would, they have no actual policy to achieve that goal - and they subordinate it to all their other policy goals. "