The Gaza Withdrawal: Two Scenarios and Then Some

It is only three short weeks from now that Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza is scheduled to begin. The effect on Israeli-Palestinian conflict will depend largely on how peaceful and orderly the withdrawal and transfer of power are. Other than the disposition of the settlers’ house

July 25, 2005 Read more

What Went Wrong?

By all accounts, the Summit meeting between Prime Minister Sharon and the President Abbas ended this past week with little progress. Afterward, the Palestinians claimed that Israel failed to fulfill its promises, including the release of more prisoners and the turnover of certain cities to

June 27, 2005 Read more

The Emerging Vietnam Paradigm

Increasingly, the war in Iraq is resembling the American quagmire in Vietnam. More and more American troops are killed daily while Iraqis are dying by the hundreds, and there is no end in sight to the cycle of violence. The Bush Administration must think realistically about an exit strategy, howe

June 20, 2005 Read more

Be Careful Of What You Wish For

However admirable the Bush administration's efforts to spread democracy, especially in the Middle East, these efforts appear hollow and hypocritical as long as the White House refuses to accept the outcome of free elections when they don't turn out to its liking. It is high time for the Bush

June 11, 2005 Read more

Iraq’s Insurgents: No Military Solution

Notwithstanding the fact that the insurgents do not have a unified strategy, they share many common interests that allow them to operate purposefully and with deadly efficiency. They are embedded in sympathetic Sunni communities that strongly support their activities. They are highly motivated be

May 23, 2005 Read more

The Sadat Option

Right at the beginning of Mr's Bush's first term, the administration declared its intent to review U.S. policy toward North Korea (DPRK) and suspended future talks until the review was completed. The policy review was conceived in an atmosphere of rejection, in principle, of the Clinton a

May 13, 2005 Read more

Israel’s Option Of Last Resort

As the delegates of 189 countries meet at the United Nations in an effort to eliminate some loopholes in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) which allows nations technical openings to pursue nuclear weapons programs, Iran announced it will soon resume its uranium enrichment program. Although Unite

May 4, 2005 Read more

Hating America: A Threat To National Security

Nearly four years have passed since 9/11 and yet hatred toward America, especially in the Muslim and Arab world has intensified, so much so that tens of thousands, propelled by these feelings, are not just motivated to kill indiscriminately but die without hesitation. A number of reasons can prov

April 23, 2005 Read more

A National Travesty

For the United States not to urgently adopt a sound energy-independence policy would be tantamount to a national travesty. The increasing dependence on oil does not simply undermine America’s economic health, it could seriously threaten national security. There is no greater legacy that Pre

April 17, 2005 Read more
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