"Like Iran, Syria has worked to subvert progress toward stable, democratic governance in Iraq and threatens both Israel and broader regional stability through its support of terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas. Syria continues to manipulate Lebanese politics in a manner that is both destabilizing for the region and that threatens Israel’s security interests. In partnership, Syria and Iran play the single greatest role in preventing Middle East peace and stability. While American engagement in Libyan uprising did not serve any major U.S. strategic interests, for the reasons articulated here, the United States should prepare to play a role, if...Read more
"Egypt has been a stalwart partner to the United States through its role in combating terrorism and supporting a stable Middle East, and the United States should maintain its policy of aid to Egypt. The United States should support an orderly transition to democratic government managed by the interim military-backed government, which offers the greatest protection against the emergence of a radical Islamic government in that country. That said, recent developments give reason for pause. The Egyptian military’s limited and delayed role in protecting the Israeli embassy, for instance, is cause for concern. Thus, as conditions in the country further...Read more
"The United States and Israel share a special bond rooted in history and solidified over more than five decades of partnership. Israel is an ally, a fellow democracy, and shares many of America’s values and interests. Unfortunately, the U.S.-Israeli relationship has suffered under mismanagement by President Obama and both nations must now work to improve ties. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains one of the greatest foreign policy obstacles confronting the United States. The United States should redouble its efforts to broker a lasting peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. Yet, we must ensure that our efforts to achieve such outcome are...Read more
"U.S. policy toward these nations should support the democratic aspirations of the Arab Spring while maintaining continued Middle East stability. Ultimately, however, Americans should recognize the limitations on the United States’ ability to influence the final outcome in these societies, and U.S. policymakers should anticipate a variety of outcomes in these countries, including the possibility of the emergence of governments that are less receptive to U.S. interests than might be hoped, and plan for such contingencies accordingly."
"The Egyptians, Libyans, and Tunisians are to be commended for throwing off the yoke of authoritarian rule they have endured for decades. America now watches with great expectation as their Syrian brethren challenge Bashar Al-Assad’s brutal regime. Yet, we should be cautious in our optimism about the future of such societies."
“There is another advantage to a more judicious approach toward foreign entanglements. It helps prevent our military from being stretched too thin, and unable to effectively respond to a direct security threat – either to America, or one of our allies. This includes standing shoulder to shoulder with Israel as they manage a host of new challenges brought on by the Arab Spring, along with more familiar challenges, such as a hostile Iran, which will continue to be a transcendent challenge of the next decade. I cannot live with a nuclear-armed Iran. If you want an example of when I...Read more
“The Soviets were there for nine years before they left with over 14,000 dead. They tried to crush the Afghans with pure power—aerial bombing and strafing and helicopter gunships and tanks. We have been there ten years and are taking a different approach. We are nation building. Our presence there should not focus on nation building, however, but rather on counterterrorism. We cannot social engineer other countries. We can't even social engineer our own inner cities. It is cultural arrogance to think we can make tribal leaders into democratic leaders. It is wishful thinking to believe that our troops, by...Read more
“In just the last few weeks, we saw the Palestinians make an end-run around the American-led peace process, because they lost confidence in it, and in our ability to lead.”
"While the federal government neglects its constitutional responsibility to protect our borders, it continues to push mandates on the states to provide free education and medical care to illegal immigrants at a time when the states are drowning in debt. This must not be tolerated any longer."
The foundation of a successful U.S. policy in the Middle East rests upon a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. The U.S. and Israel share a special bond rooted in history and solidified over more than five decades of partnership. The nation of Israel itself, of course, lives in a turbulent region. An enduring peace that protects and promotes Israel’s interest remains a priority. While an Israeli state and a Palestinian state existing peacefully side-by-side may be an appropriate aspiration, we must ensure our efforts to achieve that outcome advance Israel’s security, not threaten it. The United States should not pressure Israel to negotiate with...Read more