Lee Smith

Senior Editor
Gary Locke

Iran as Partner

Obama’s deep game.

Mar 9, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 25 • By LEE SMITH



With Israeli troops outside Beirut in 1982

The Arab Myth of Ariel Sharon

He’s not the author of their woes.

Jan 27, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 19

Ariel Sharon

More on Ariel Sharon

4:23 PM, Jan 14, 2014

Ariel Sharon

Ariel Sharon, 1928-2014

4:01 PM, Jan 11, 2014


Lebanon Succumbs to the Regional Civil War

Bombing in Hezbollah stronghold.

2:18 PM, Jan 2, 2014

iran, nuclear

We’re All Hardliners Now

New legislation shows Congress and American public are united in their distrust of Obama's Iran deal.

4:14 PM, Dec 19, 2013

John Kerry in Geneva


Dec 23, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 15

Obama in Cairo

Obama at Saban: No Military Strike on Iranian Nuke Facilities

Amid the administration’s tangled web of paradoxes and inconsistencies one message rings clear.

1:15 PM, Dec 9, 2013

Celebrating the deal in Tehran

The Use and Abuse of Sanctions

The Iranian bomb is all that matters.

Dec 9, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 13

Middle East

Kerry Says 'No Daylight'

But interim deal with Iran puts the White House and its traditional Middle East allies in opposing camps.

2:52 PM, Nov 25, 2013

Obama afghanistan

What Happened to Bombing Iran?

How the “hardline” American position on the Islamic Republic got farmed out to Israel.

12:12 PM, Nov 19, 2013

AP / Jason Reed

Fantasy Diplomacy

Nov 25, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 11

obama, kerry

Obama Still Wants a Deal with Iran

France's show of courage at Geneva may only delay the inevitable.

3:05 PM, Nov 11, 2013

Lou Reed

And It Was All Right

Lou Reed went down and found a song that will survive.

1:03 PM, Oct 28, 2013


Ankara Alienates Everyone

Forget chess, Turkey is failing at geopolitical checkers.

Nov 4, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 08

Obama finger

Obama ‘Impatient’ and ‘Disengaged’

The New York Times and Hurriyet on White House's incoherent and opaque Syria policy.

3:01 PM, Oct 23, 2013

Obama in Egypt

The Persian Gulf Power Vacuum

America’s Middle East allies are getting ­nervous.

Oct 21, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 07

Rumsfeld Donald

Donald Rumsfeld on Obama: ‘I Begin with Incompetence as a Problem’

Talking to journalist David Samuels about his Kindle Singles interview with the former secretary of defense.

7:31 AM, Oct 4, 2013


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). 

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