The Laughable Hypocrisy of the Echo Chamber

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and President Donald Trump

Remember the neocons? Those promoters of democracy and human rights in foreign policy, adherents of Andrei Sakharov’s mantra that “a country that does not respect the rights of its own people will not respect the rights of its neighbors”? The neocons can criticize Trump today. Everyone else is posturing, and their hypocrisy is too annoying to go unnoticed.

Making Up International Law For Fun and Sport

Media coverage of Hamas’s attacks on the Israeli border have been, as usual, a dumpster fire of idiocy and ignorance. Hamas itself now admits that “50 of the 62 martyrs” were card-carrying terrorists. One of the heads of Hamas just boasted to an interviewer: “This is not peaceful resistance.” No facts or admissions will intrude on the media narrative, which is that Israel is diabolically slaughtering civilians because Israelis enjoy killing people.

Beware the #Narratives of May 

Donald Trump

President Trump appears set to announce the United States’ departure from the Iran nuclear deal, and thus the deal’s supporters are working hard doing something they are admittedly very good at: crafting narratives for the media and political class.

For Democrats, the Iran Deal is Becoming the Peace Process

John Kerry Javad Zarif

For the American left, the Iran nuclear deal is becoming the peace process—that is, a landmark foreign policy project of a Democratic president reflecting the most cherished liberal beliefs about the world, that is failing at great cost to millions of people yet whose failure cannot be admitted.

Joining the Jokers

Sen. Mike Lee and Sen. Bernie Sanders

On foreign policy, the isolationist right and the progressive left always manage to arrive at the same destination: withdrawal and isolation, ceding the world to its worst actors, ignoring small problems until they become large crises. Caroline Glick summed it up several years ago: “The far Left argues the U.S. should withdraw from world leadership because the U.S. is evil. And the far Right argues the U.S. should withdraw from world leadership because the world is evil.”

The New York Times Won’t Let Mahmoud Abbas Have His YOLO Moment

Mahmoud Abbas

You’re the president of the Palestinian Authority, a darling of the western left and western media, but largely powerless in your own back yard. You’re 82 years old, in the 12th year of a four-year term, and many people are no longer taking you very seriously because your great patron and promoter, Barack Obama, is no longer President of the United States.