Arab Spring Articles

Consistently Wrong

The president’s happy talk and sad results
Aug 10, 2015

President Obama is putting on the hard sell to market the nuclear deal he reached with Iran. On July 14, in announcing the agreement, he said: “This deal shows the real and meaningful change that American leadership and diplomacy can bring—change that makes our country and the world safer and more secure. We negotiated from a position of strength and principle—and the result is a nuclear deal that cuts off every pathway to a nuclear weapon.”

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Did U.S. Demand Muslim Brotherhood Candidate Be Declared Winner in Egypt?

10:23 AM, Jun 26, 2015

Back in the heady days when the Western world was still enthralled by what was then known as the Arab Spring, the 2012 Egyptian presidential elections represented a watershed – if albeit a mixed one, given the victory of the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, Mohammed Morsi. The coming-to-power of Morsi provided one of the clearest signals that the “Arab Spring” was turning out to be an Islamist spring. But as it occurred by democratic means, hardly anyone could object.

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Leading From Behind on Libya

10:51 AM, Dec 19, 2014

Concerned Veterans for America has launched a new video series on the failures of the Obama administration's foreign policy doctrine of "leading from behind." The launch begins with Libya as a case study in what's gone wrong with U.S. foreign relations. Watch the video below:

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Important 'Arab Spring' Stage?

11:17 AM, Jul 04, 2013

Elliott Abrams, writing for National Review Online:

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Egypt Against Itself

A society on the edge of chaos.
Feb 18, 2013

This week marks the second anniversary of the fall of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. Two years after the refrain “the people want to topple the regime” filled Tahrir Square, it is now Egypt itself that is toppling. Street violence has pitted various groups against each other—anarchists against Islamists, policemen against protesters, men against women—and has left scores dead throughout the country.

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The Obama Vacuum

Feb 04, 2013

One thing Hillary Clinton got right in her testimony before Congress last week: “When America is absent,” she said, “there are consequences.” But the administration she served has chosen to be absent, and we are seeing the consequences play out, from North Africa to the Levant, where the unchecked flow of weapons, experienced jihadist fighters, and Salafist ideology is reshaping the regional balance of power​—​and tilting it agai

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Obama v. Assad

Dec 17, 2012


The flurry of excitement over Syria’s “moving” of chemical weapons highlights yet again the paralysis gripping U.S. Middle East strategy. “We’re kind of boxed in,” an administration official confessed to the New York Times. “There’s an issue of presidential credibility here, but our options are quite limited.”

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Iran Claims to Have 'Hunted' U.S. Drone

7:19 AM, Dec 04, 2012

Iran is claiming to have successfully "hunted" an American drone, according to a piece in the regime organ Fars News Agency. The propaganda outlet claims that this is the first time Iran has shot down an American drone.

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Special Report Panel on Intervention in Syria

8:02 AM, Nov 30, 2012

Steve Hayes, with A.B. Stoddard and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News: 

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Communications Blackout in Syria

Internet, landlines, and cell phones are affected.
2:00 PM, Nov 29, 2012

Two technology firms that monitor global Internet traffic report that Syria has been cut off from the Internet. Regular landline phone and cell phones services have been affected as well, Syrian opposition activist Ammar Abdulhamid told me. “Therefore, the possibility of accidental damage can be discounted,” said Abdulhamid. “This is something done intentionally by the regime, and reflects growing desperation on account of the recent advances made by rebels, especially in Damascus.”

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Obama Wanted Iran, Syria to Help Resolve Iraq

9:47 AM, Oct 22, 2012

It's worth recalling President Barack Obama's foreign policy instincts before tonight's presidential debate on that topic.

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An Assassination in Beirut

Leading from the front against Assad, Hezbollah, and Iran, Wissam al-Hassan was an American ally.
3:32 PM, Oct 20, 2012

Yesterday a car bomb in Beirut killed a senior Lebanese security chief along with seven others, while wounding hundreds in Ashrafiyeh, a busy neighborhood in Christian-majority East Beirut. The target, Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, was close to former prime minister Saad Hariri and his late father, Rafik Hariri. Yesterday evening, Hariri supporters, mostly Sunnis, closed down roads and burned tires in protest against the assassins, almost certainly tied to the Syrian regime and their Lebanese ally Hezbollah.

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Al Qaeda Responsible for 4 Attacks on U.S. Embassies in September

7:46 AM, Oct 03, 2012

On and around September 11, 2012, al Qaeda attacked multiple American assets around the world. The attack that has received the most attention is the deadly attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. But the U.S. consulate in Libya was not the only diplomatic facility assaulted by al Qaeda-affiliated groups in September. Terrorists with ties to al Qaeda’s senior leaders, including al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri, were involved in at least three other U.S. embassy sieges in Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, and possibly elsewhere.

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Pro-America Rally to Be Held Outside U.S. Embassy in Israel

10:18 AM, Oct 01, 2012

A pro-America rally is scheduled to be held tomorrow outside the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel. The expression of support for America is being organized by Im Tirzu Movement in order to "remind the United States that Israel is America's best friend in the Middle East"

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Netanyahu to Respond to 'Black Day' at U.N.

9:08 AM, Sep 27, 2012

In a message to Israeli citizens yesterday, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he'd use his remarks at the United Nations to respond to the "black day" at the international body. Netanyahu is scheduled to speak later today.

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Fayyad’s Last Stand?

12:40 PM, Sep 25, 2012

Bir Halek, Ya Fayyad” is not a catchy tune. But the popularity of Palestinian singer Kassem Najar’s song, which translates to “Get A Grip, Fayyad,” is an indication that Salam Fayyad, the prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, may be on the way out. Najar, however, is the least of Fayyad’s problems.

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Obama on Recent Middle East Violence: 'Bumps in the Road'

8:08 PM, Sep 23, 2012

This evening on CBS's 60 Minutes, President Barack Obama called the recent violence in the Middle East "bumps in the road."

CBS's Steve Kroft asked, “Have the events that took place in the Middle East, the recent events in the Middle East given you any pause about your support for the governments that have come to power following the Arab Spring?”

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Bin Laden Is Dead, but Al Qaeda Is Alive

5:04 PM, Sep 20, 2012

A central tenet of President Obama’s foreign policy platform is that al Qaeda is “on the path to defeat.” The death of Osama bin Laden, drone strikes in northern Pakistan and elsewhere, the Arab Spring, and Obama’s more conciliatory approach to the Muslim world have all supposedly come together to sound the death knell for al Qaeda.

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Special Report Panel on Middle East Warning

10:40 AM, Sep 19, 2012

Steve Hayes, with Charles Lane and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News: 

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A Continuation of the Revolution?

3:51 PM, Sep 13, 2012

A large demonstration is planned for tomorrow, Friday, in front of the U.S. embassy in Cairo but, as you can see on Al Jazeera’s live streaming video, protesters are gathered today, too.

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Hillary Clinton's Address on U.S. Deaths in Libya

2:27 PM, Sep 12, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a presidential-style address this morning on the deaths of diplomats in Libya. Watch here:

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What Happened in Cairo

2:00 PM, Sep 12, 2012

Yesterday, on the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, an Egyptian mob stormed the U.S. embassy in Cairo, pulled down the American flag and burned it. In its place, they raised a black banner inscribed with the shehada ("There is no God but Allah, Mohamed is the messenger of Allah"), a pennant typically associated with al Qaeda.

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Zawahiri's Brother at Cairo Embassy Assault

10:21 AM, Sep 12, 2012

During the assault on the U.S. embassy in Egypt, demonstrators reportedly chanted “Obama! Obama! We are all Osama!” They yelled this obvious reference to Osama bin Laden as an al Qaeda-style flag was hoisted and the American flag brought down. At least one of the protesters at the anti-American rally knows a thing or two about al Qaeda: Mohammed al Zawahiri, who is the younger brother of al Qaeda’s emir, Ayman al Zawahiri. 

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Obama Fails to Mention U.S. Cairo Embassy, Free Speech in Remarks

10:00 AM, Sep 12, 2012

According to a transcript of this morning's statement, President Barack Obama failed to mention the storming of the U.S. embassy in Cairo yesterday. His statement focused on the loss of an American ambassador and other embassy workers yesterday in Benghazi, Libya.

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Video: U.S. Embassy in Cairo Mobbed

9:11 AM, Sep 12, 2012

Here's video of the U.S. embassy in Cairo being mobbed yesterday:

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8:05 AM, Sep 12, 2012

A WEEKLY STANDARD reader points out that in all the early commentary about the events in Libya and Egypt, no one seems to have noted the date. Could it be, as he puts it, that "someone had it marked on a calendar to whip up a murderous frenzy on, oh, Tuesday 9/11"?

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The Kurdish Factor

How an ethnic minority shaped the Middle East.
1:45 PM, Sep 10, 2012

If Syria is a testing ground for the larger struggle of the American-led order in the Middle East against the Iranian-led resistance bloc, it’s also an example of the importance of the Kurds. An ethnic community with almost 30 million people spread across the Middle East—most densely in Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria—the Kurds have become a major player in this larger struggle, with regional powers, like Turkey, Iran and Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, courting various Kurdish parties and figures in order to advance their own interests.

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Assad’s Ally Arrested

2:15 PM, Aug 17, 2012

In Beirut last week, former Lebanese MP and cabinet member Michel Samaha was arrested and later confessed to “planning terrorist attacks in Lebanon at Syrian orders.”

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Time Is Running Out for Hezbollah

8:46 AM, Aug 15, 2012

Last week the Treasury Department leveled sanctions against Hezbollah for providing support to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in his efforts to put down the 17-month-old rebellion meant to topple his regime.

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