Lee Smith

Lee Smith is a senior editor at The Weekly Standard. A senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, Smith is the also author of The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations (Doubleday 2010).

Stories by Lee Smith

Was the Head of Iran's IRGC Wounded in Syria?

03:06 PM, Nov 25, 2015
Sources in Beirut are confirming reports from various Middle East  media  outfits that Qassem Suleimani, the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ expeditionary unit, was wounded in the fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo recently. Fighters from Hezbollah, according to... Read more

Congress Observed Moment of Silence for Hezbollah and Its Supporters

01:34 PM, Nov 19, 2015
Yesterday, members of Congress observed a moment of silence to commemorate casualties suffered by a community aligned with Bashar al-Assad in his exterminationist war against Syria’s Sunni Arab population. Last Thursday, two suicide bombers killed 46 people in Burj a-Burajneh, a Beirut... Read more

Russian-Iranian-Syrian Axis: France Brought Terror on Itself

10:17 AM, Nov 15, 2015
Since the terrorist attacks in Paris Friday that killed more than 120 people and injured hundreds more, world leaders from President Barack Obama to newly elected Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, and from U.K. prime minister David Cameron to German chancellor Angela Merkel, have... Read more

Here Comes Dusty Baker

05:04 PM, Nov 05, 2015
On Thursday, Dusty Baker was introduced as the Washington Nationals' new manager. The 66-year-old former all-star outfielder was named manager of the year three times (1993, 1997, and 2000) with the San Francisco Giants (1993-2002), and then went on to lead the Chicago Cubs (... Read more

Homeland Chair Tells Obama to Get Tough on Iran

07:35 AM, Oct 30, 2015
The chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Rep. Michael McCaul (R., TX), is trying to get the White House to pay attention to what Iran is doing around the Middle East. Earlier in the week, McCaul wrote a letter to Obama arguing that the clerical regime “has demonstrated... Read more

Life Coach

12:00 AM, Oct 26, 2015
Now that playoff baseball has returned with the onset of autumn, and baseball becomes more intense, more excellent, and more precious, I’m thinking again about Harvey Dorfman. Little known to most casual fans, he was one of the great men of baseball, for he taught his students and... Read more

Obama Got Punked

12:38 PM, Oct 22, 2015
It will be some time before it’s clear whether the story of Ahmed Muhammad, aka “clock boy,” has a happy ending . After being arrested last month under suspicion of bringing a bomb disguised as a clock to his Texas high school, the 14-year-old won the world’s sympathy, a scholarship fund,... Read more

In Defense of the Chase Utley Slide

06:22 AM, Oct 12, 2015
Last night Major League Baseball’s chief baseball officer, Joe Torre announced that Dodgers infielder Chase Utley was suspended for game three and four of the National League Division Series. In the seventh inning of Saturday night’s game, Utley went hard into second base to break up a... Read more

Putin Is the New Sheriff in Town

01:20 PM, Oct 06, 2015
Today, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed that Russia has violated Turkish airspace for a second time. On Saturday, a Russian plane crossed into Turkish airspace near the Syrian border, and in response the Turks scrambled two F-16s. In a subsequent incident, Ankara said... Read more

The Nats’ Bad Season: Blame Mike Rizzo, Not Matt Williams

03:11 PM, Sep 30, 2015
The Washington Nationals ended the home campaign of their 2015 season on a high-note Monday with Max Scherzer taking a no-hitter into the 8 th inning before giving up a single. Manager Matt Williams pulled Scherzer soon after, with the right-hander striking out ten and getting credit for the... Read more

The Greatest Catcher Who Ever Lived

02:02 PM, Sep 24, 2015
Baseball fans continue to pay their respects to Lawrence Peter Berra, aka “Yogi,” the legendary Yankees catcher, big league manager and coach, and homespun philosopher, who died Tuesday at age 90. “What I really liked about him is that he was such a stand-up guy,” one mourner standing outside... Read more

Obama's Syria Doctrine: Blaming Others For His Own Failures

02:32 PM, Sep 23, 2015
In his testimony on Capitol Hill Tuesday, former CIA director (ret.) General David Petraeus argued that the Obama administration can and should be doing more in Syria. Petraeus proposed “the establishment of enclaves in Syria protected by coalition air power where a moderate Sunni force... Read more

Seventy Years of U.S. Middle East Policy, Overturned

02:50 PM, Sep 15, 2015
The White House seems to think that Vladimir Putin’s Syria policy is a blunder of the first order. Recently, the Russians have deployed combat planes, tanks , ships, engineers, technicians, as well as special forces units to help sustain Bashar al-Assad’s regime. But that’s a bad idea,... Read more

Obama Avoided Syria Action to Help Iran Negotiations

04:44 PM, Sep 08, 2015
Over the weekend, the Washington Post ’s editorial page editor Fred Hiatt  argued  that Syria may be “the most surprising of President Obama’s foreign-policy legacies: not just that he presided over a humanitarian and cultural disaster of epochal proportions, but that he soothed the... Read more

Sanctions Relief for Terrorists

12:54 PM, Aug 31, 2015
Last Friday, I moderated a panel at Hudson Institute titled, “Why is Qassem Suleimani Smiling? The Iran Deal and Sanctions Relief for Terrorists.” (See video of the event here .) The panel’s focus was not speculative—for instance, how the regime might spend the signing bonus promised by the... Read more

Lebanon's Garbage Politics

05:12 PM, Aug 25, 2015
Over the weekend, thousands of Lebanese took to the streets to protest against their country’s corrupt political culture. The immediate cause of their concern, and anger, is that the country’s garbage has not been collected for a month and has come to pose, as Lebanon’s health minister warned ,... Read more

Hastening War

12:00 AM, Aug 17, 2015
W ar, President Obama says, is the only alternative to his deal with Iran. But if the president’s overriding goal is to avoid bloody conflict, why is he arming the Middle East for a shootout that may lead to Armageddon? The Iran nuclear deal lifts the U.N. arms embargo and ensures a huge... Read more

A Month After Signing Iran Deal in Vienna, the American Public Makes its Opposition Clear

04:17 PM, Aug 14, 2015
A new  Gallup poll  shows that 55% of Americans disapprove of President Obama’s handling of Iran compared to 33% who approve. This seems to support other recent polls that show the public doesn’t like the administration’s Iran policy. A  Quinnipiac  poll shows that... Read more

Rejecting the Deal Doesn't Mean War

02:50 PM, Aug 13, 2015
It’s either the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, says President Obama, or it’s another Middle East war. Opponents of the Iran nuclear agreement argue that this is simply a scare tactic the White House is using to get Congress to sign off on a lousy deal.  Robert Satloff , executive... Read more

Obama and the Iranian Revolution Guard Corps

03:35 PM, Aug 10, 2015
President Obama has decided to double down on his claim that Iranian hardliners “are making common cause with the Republican caucus.” In an interview with Fareed Zakaria that aired on Sunday, Obama insisted , “ What I said is absolutely true factually. The truth of the matter is, inside of... Read more

Obama Tars Iran Deal Skeptics

04:01 PM, Aug 05, 2015
In his speech today at American University on the Iran nuclear arms deal, President Obama asked for critics to evaluate the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on its own merits. “Unfortunately,” said Obama, “we're living through a time in American politics where every foreign policy... Read more

Zarif: 'Karine A Was an Israeli False Flag'

03:22 PM, Aug 04, 2015
According to Iranian-based media, Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif appeared on a panel today at Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations where he spoke about the nuclear agreement he negotiated with the P5+1 last month in Vienna. Zarif explained that the so-called snap-back... Read more

GOP Should Own Iran Deal Opposition In Thursday's Debate

01:25 PM, Aug 03, 2015
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior editor Lee Smith on the Iran Deal, how the voters are reacting to it, and why GOP candidates should own opposition to it in Thursday's debates. This podcast can be downloaded here . Subscribe to THE WEEKLY STANDARD's iTunes podcast feed here .... Read more

Making Stuff Up

12:00 AM, Aug 03, 2015
When the secretary of state says, as John Kerry did last week in his Senate testimony, that the Obama White House is “guaranteeing” Iran won’t have the bomb, you can be sure that—well, you can be pretty confident that he doesn’t mean it. And that someday soon he’ll pretend he never said it.... Read more

Report: Israel Airstrikes in Syria

07:04 PM, Jul 29, 2015
Israeli media is reporting that an IAF strike on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights border killed several pro-Assad fighters today. One of them is believed to be Samir Kuntar. Many are hoping that it is. The 53 year-old Kuntar killed a four-year girl with the butt of his rife... Read more

Iranian Ayatollahs Grinning After Deal

05:35 PM, Jul 29, 2015
At the end of an exchange between Sen. Tom Cotton and Gen. Martin Dempsey regarding the number of American servicemen killed by the Iranians, Cotton asks if Quds Force chief Qassem Suleimani was responsible for the explosively formed penetrators that took the lives of several hundred... Read more

U.S. Backed Into Accepting Iran's Initial Bargaining Position

07:50 AM, Jul 28, 2015
This week, the Wall Street Journal wrote that in a report to Capitol Hill last week, the Obama administration said “it was unlikely Iran would admit to having pursued a covert nuclear weapons program, and that such an acknowledgment wasn’t critical to verifying Iranian commitments in... Read more

U.S. Will Not Require Iran to Come Clean on Possible Military Dimensions of Nuke Program

10:35 AM, Jul 27, 2015
The following is an excerpt from a fact sheet prepared by Omri Ceren of the Israel Project that explains the significance of the Obama administration’s latest concession to Tehran—the reported collapse on the possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program. The WSJ revealed... Read more

White House Not Honest About Iran Deal

04:05 PM, Jul 21, 2015
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior editor Lee Smith on the Iran deal, and why we can't trust the White House to be honest about it. This podcast can be downloaded here . Subscribe to THE WEEKLY STANDARD's iTunes podcast feed here . ADVERTISEMENT This podcast is brought to... Read more

Former Nuclear Inspector: Iran Will Use 24-Day Delay to 'Sanitize" Covert Facilities

01:49 PM, Jul 21, 2015
A fact sheet that Omri Ceren at the Israel Project prepared details why the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action’s inspection and verification regime is unlikely to stop Iran from a nuclear breakout. Last April - in the immediate days after the Lausanne framework was announced - Obama... Read more