On the heels of the bin Laden hit, President Obama is ready to once again speak to the natives:
For President Obama, the killing of Osama bin Laden is more than a milestone in America’s decade-long battle against terrorism. It is a chance to recast his response to the upheaval in the Arab world [...]
Israel has been watching the “Arab spring” with some trepidation, according to Ted Koppel:
It is provocative, but not entirely inaccurate, to suggest that U.S. foreign policy these past few months has been sufficiently erratic to make America’s allies reconsider the degree to which we can be trusted—and our adversaries re-evaluate the degree to [...]
The Syrian regime is showing its true colors in the southern town of Deraa:
Syria’s government escalated its crackdown on antiregime unrest on Monday, sending tanks and armored vehicles into the southern city of Deraa, raiding homes and deploying snipers, according to activists and websites reporting on the country.
The military assault killed at [...]
SecState Hillary Clinton has gone on the record to state that, despite being a tyrannical state sponsor of terrorism whose government is ruthlessly gunning down unarmed protesters in the street, Bashar al Asad’s Syria will be free from the kind of coalition attacks that have marked our foreign policy in Libya:
“No,” Clinton said [...]
Military and tribal leaders have thrown their weight behind the “youth protest” movement in Yemen after security forces fired on unarmed protesters earlier in the week:
As the country girded for the next stage of a deepening crisis, military units appeared to take sides in the capital, with the Republican Guard protecting the palace [...]
Ordinarily, traffic moving east across the causeway linking Bahrain to Saudi Arabia is coming for liquor and Russians.
Not these days:
A Saudi-led military force crossed into Bahrain on Monday to prop up the monarchy against widening demonstrations, launching the first cross-border military operation to quell unrest since the Arab world’s rebellions began in [...]
Having spent the last two months in US hospitals and recovering abroad – and the last three weeks trembling with the winds of regional change – Saudi King Abdullah returns home with an open hand:
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has announced increased benefits for his citizens, as he returned after months abroad getting medical [...]
The perceptive reader will note that your host was, if not cautiously optimistic about the people power victory over tyranny in Cairo, at least determined not to pre-judge the outcome their cynically. Who knows? Something better than Mubarak and his National Democratic Party might yet emerge.
But watching events unfold in tiny [...]
The peoples’ uprising in Egypt is over, according to Foreign Policy’s Robert Springborg, subborned by the very military whom the people greeted so enthusiastically in the streets:
Millions of demonstrators in the street have not broken the chain of command over which President Mubarak presides. Paradoxically the popular uprising has even ensured that the [...]
Ross Douthat on riding the tiger:
(History) makes fools of us all. We make deals with dictators, and reap the whirlwind of terrorism. We promote democracy, and watch Islamists gain power from Iraq to Palestine. We leap into humanitarian interventions, and get bloodied in Somalia. We stay out, and watch genocide engulf Rwanda. We [...]