8:21 AM, Jul 25, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Matthew Continetti, writing for the Washington Free Beacon, on how Israel can win this war—if the Obama administration gets out of the way:
What Israel should not endure is the premature conclusion of hostilities. Disarming Hamas—seizing its rocket caches, collapsing its tunnels, killing and capturing its forces—is vital to Israeli security. And an artificial ceasefire imposed by outside powers, a ceasefire written in terms favorable to Hamas, would undermine the security gains Israel has made to date. President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have given no sign that they recognize this fact. Or maybe they understand it all too well: The Obama administration’s top priority is imposing a ceasefire at exactly the moment when Israel’s military success is becoming clear.
Secretary Kerry arrived in Cairo earlier this week. No one wanted him there. Egypt’s ruler, General Sisi, has no interest in saving Hamas through international diplomacy: The Muslim Brotherhood is his mortal enemy. Kerry then went from Cairo to Jerusalem, where he met with U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-moon, who flew to the meeting on a plane chartered by Qatar, Hamas’ primary source of cash. Kerry also met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is too gracious to tell the secretary to go back to Boston. (Israel’s former ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, has said publicly what the Israeli government will not: Kerry is an unwelcome guest.) Next up was Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, who honored Kerry’s presence by endorsing Hamas’s call for a “Day of Rage” in the West Bank. Kerry “will soon decide if Hamas and Israel are willing to agree on a Gaza ceasefire,” Reuters says.
Kerry will decide? Who died and made him king?
Read the whole thing here.
10:11 AM, Jun 28, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
In spite of a string of worrisome human rights and freedom of expression violations, the Obama administration is holding out hope that Egypt's government lead by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is still headed for democracy.
7:31 AM, Jun 23, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
With much of the Obama administration's foreign policy in tatters, John Kerry is clear on at least one goal he hopes to achieve by the end of his time as secretary of state: having lesbian, bisexual, and transgender ambassadors representing the United States.
10:08 PM, Jun 9, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wasn't able to name a top achievement when she served as this nation's top diplomat:
Sawyer asked, "When people say where is the marquee? 'No sweeping agreement.' 'No signature doctrine.'"
12:28 PM, Jun 9, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
If the mainstream media have their way—and to the degree they can prevent the continued groundswell of outrage about the Bergdahl/Taliban deal from interrupting the party—this week will be all Hillary, all the time. But will the party be good for Hillary? Or will we end up with a Hillary hangover?
7:01 AM, Jun 9, 2014 • By NOAH POLLAK
In her new book, Hillary Clinton picks out a few foreign policy topics on which she thinks it now safe, even helpful, to express disagreement with the course taken by the Obama administration. She wanted to arm and train the Syria rebels, while Obama did not. She thought it unwise to call for Hosni Mubarak to step down immediately, while Obama wanted him gone.
7:29 AM, Jun 6, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Time magazine is reporting that during an interview about the deal to trade Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo, when "[a]sked whether the Taliban would be inspired by the exchange to kidnap others, a commander laughed.
7:01 AM, May 22, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Secretary of State John Kerry recently told the graduating class of Boston College that climate change is threatening "nothing less than the future of the entir
What if '97 percent' of scientists are wrong?11:38 AM, May 20, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Secretary of State John Kerry did not shy away from pejorative language when addressing "climate change" in his commencement speech at Boston College on Monday.
Why Hillary Clinton’s State Department downplayed Boko Haram. May 26, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 35 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
When Hillary Clinton tweeted her support for the more than 200 Nigerian girls held by the extremist group Boko Haram, she probably did not expect that her tenure as secretary of state would soon be critically examined by the press through the lens of that very same mass kidnapping. But examined it has been.
7:29 AM, May 14, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed French foreign minister Laurent Fabius to the State Department in Washington on Tuesday to discuss a range of issues, from Iran to Syria to climate change.
11:09 AM, May 8, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Boko Haram, the militant group responsible for the recent kidnapping of 276 girls in Nigeria, was not designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the State Department until November of 2013 despite a long record of violence. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has now come under fire, as reported by Josh Rogin at the Daily Beast, for resisting calls for the FTO designation for Boko Haram during her tenure at the State Department. Rogin says that "[t]he refusal came despite the urging of the Justice Department, the FBI, the CIA, and over a dozen senators and congressmen." But in 2012, even U.S. State Department diplomats in Nigeria seemed mystified about why the government was "reluctant" to issue the designation.
May 12, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 33 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
There was a lot to lament on Twitter last week, as always, but perhaps nothing more appalling than the spectacle of our diplomats beclowning themselves, as they unleashed their vaunted soft power on Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
As part of the Obama administration’s sanctions against Russia for its annexation of Crimea, State launched a new hashtag, #UnitedForUkraine.
2:04 PM, May 1, 2014 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
The State Department released its annual Country Reports on Terrorism yesterday. And once again the U.S. government has highlighted al Qaeda’s relationship with the Iranian regime. While the Iranians hold some al Qaeda members under house arrest, others are allowed to operate. And these terrorists, based on Iranian soil, play a prominent role in al Qaeda’s international network.
6:38 AM, Apr 28, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
John Kerry's statement that Israel could become an "apartheid state" means the secretary of state should resign from his job, the Emergency Committee for Israel said in a statement: