What Does Current Morass Say About Middle East Studies?

In Commentary, AHS speaker Michael Rubin explains why President Obama is an outlier in the history of U.S. foreign policy:

"The Middle East is in chaos. And while the sectarian and ideological forces which tear the region apart would exist regardless of U.S. policy, decisions made by President Barack Obama and his team of advisors have effectively thrown fuel on the fire."

   

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More 'Daylight' Between Netanyahu's Israel and the U.S.

In the LA Times, AHS adviser Max Boot discusses why President Obama has been intent on creating some distance between the United States and Israel:

"Unfortunately the reelection of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, and the manner in which it was achieved, will only further Obama's goal of weakening the links between the U.S. and Israel. Already, the two leaders have a venomous relationship."

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What the House Gets Right on Defense Spending

In Politico Magazine, AHS speaker Michael O'Hanlon discusses the House Budget Committee's decision on military spending for 2016:

"Buying into the House approach is a lousy way of doing business, because it leaves us with an overly complex Tax Code, unsustainable entitlements and inadequate domestic investments. In a time of international turbulence and crisis, let’s not compound the problem by dragging the nation’s armed forces down too."

   

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Choose Your Own Nuke Deal Adventure

In Foregin Policy, AHS speaker Kori Schake analyzes the impact of seven potential scenarios in the nuclear deal with Iran:

"Obama has repeatedly insisted that an Iranian nuclear weapon is “unacceptable,” and that containment is not enough. Yet he has also ruled out attacking its facilities. The White House is pinched between arguing both for sanctions, and against military action — that basically there is no alternative to whatever deal they strike."

 

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When Elephants Fly: A Good Idea on Defense Spending

On the Brookings Institution website, AHS speaker Michael O'Hanlon discusses why the enduring strength of the U.S. military is an important pillar of stability and deterrence:

"All of these problems need to be fixed. But realistically, they are not likely to be addressed between now and our nation’s next election. So in a time of international turbulence and crisis, let’s not compound the problem by dragging the nation’s armed forces down too."

   

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Unleashed: America Must Pummel ISIS

In the National Interest, AHS speaker Colin Dueck discusses why, despite Obama's reluctance, the American people agree that ISIS must be destroyed:

"The rise of ISIS, together with its demonstrated brutality, have triggered a sea-change in American popular attitudes, at least on this particular issue. A two-to-one majority of U.S. public opinion today supports not only the use of force, but the use of American ground troops against the Islamic State. The majorities supporting U.S. airstrikes are even more overwhelming."

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AWOL on the Defense Budget

In the Weekly Standard, AHS speaker Gary Schmitt explains why budget resolutions are both the most meaningless and meaningful forms of legislation:

"The federal government’s finances are still a mess, to be sure. The economy’s recovery has been anemic. But there are more present dangers, and our ability to defend ourselves from them is eroding. As the world burns, the House and Senate leadership have responded by tugging their green eyeshade ever tighter and affirming the rules of sound accountancy rather than the principles of American leadership."

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