“The Arab Spring is not appropriately named…...”

Posted on August 16, 2012

"The Arab Spring is not appropriately named....It has become a development of more concern and it occurred in part because of the reluctance on the part of various dictators to provide more freedom to their citizens....(President George W. Bush) urged Hosni Mubarak to move toward a more democratic posture but President Obama abandoned the freedom agenda and we are seeing today a whirlwind of tumult in the Middle East in part because these nations did not embrace the reforms that could have changed the course of their history, in a more peaceful manner."

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“Culture makes all the difference”

Posted on July 30, 2012

"As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality...and as I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognize the power of at least culture and a few other things...the hand of providence....if you could learn anything from the economic history of the world it's this: Culture makes all the difference. Culture makes all the difference."

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“After a year of upheaval and unrest, Egypt now has an Islamist President, chosen in a democratic..”

Posted on July 29, 2012

“Let me turn from Iran to other nations in the Middle East, where we have seen rising tumult and chaos. To the north, Syria is on the brink of a civil war. The dictator in Damascus, no friend to Israel and no friend to America, slaughters his own people as he desperately clings to power. Your (Israel) other neighbor to the north, Lebanon, is under the growing and dangerous influence of Hezbollah.  After a year of upheaval and unrest, Egypt now has an Islamist President, chosen in a democratic election. Hopefully, this new government understands that one true measure of...

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“We should stand with all who would join our effort to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran”

Posted on July 29, 2012

"Over the years Iran has amassed a bloody and brutal record. It has seized embassies, targeted diplomats, and killed its own people. It supports the ruthless Assad regime in Syria. They have provided weapons that have killed American soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. It has plotted to assassinate diplomats on American soil. It is Iran that is the leading state sponsor of terrorism and the most destabilizing nation in the world.We have a solemn duty and a moral imperative to deny Iran’s leaders the means to follow through on their malevolent intentions.We should stand with all who would join our...

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“The president was silent”

Posted on July 29, 2012

“I spoke some years ago in Israel at the Herzliya Conference and laid out seven steps to keep Iran from becoming nuclear.  They have not been taken, until one, more recently.  I said that crippling sanctions needed to be put in place immediately.”Had those sanctions been implemented Iran’s economy “would be on its knees at this point. That combined with standing up with Iranian dissidents, the president was silent when dissidents took to the streets in Tehran.  I would have spoken out in favor of representative government and against the Ahmadinejad regime.  The president was silent.  In addition, I think Ahmadinejad should have been indicted under the genocide conviction,”

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