Right Turn: Middle East


Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 04/24/2014

Palestinian Authority chooses terror over peace, again

The PA chooses terror -- again -- over peace.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  10:42 AM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, Middle East

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 04/09/2014

Enough with Kerry’s ‘trust me’ foreign policy

John Kerry’s take on negotiations proves to be wrong, again.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  12:30 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Foreign policy, Iran, John Kerry, Middle East, Russia

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/06/2014

Middle East collapse: Does Kerry finally get it?

The secretary of state’s Middle East lark ends.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  12:00 PM ET, 04/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  JOhn Kerry Iran, Middle East

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 04/03/2014

State Department delusions

The State Department’s reality-avoidance is troubling.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  10:00 AM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Foreign policy, Middle East, Russia, Ukraine

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 03/02/2014

AIPAC vs. the White House

Bipartisan agreement at AIPAC: Obama’s foreign policy is lousy

By Jennifer Rubin  |  04:38 PM ET, 03/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AIPAC, Israel, Middle East

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 02/19/2014

John Kerry: Always blindsided by reality

It always comes as a shock to the secretary of state when tyrants behave badly.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  08:45 AM ET, 02/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, John Kerry, Middle East, Syria

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 02/18/2014

Political cause and effect: Will they ever learn?

If politicians would exercise their short term memory, they’d be a lot better off.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  01:54 PM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Middle East, Obama second term, Obamacare, unions

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 02/05/2014

Obama and the kings

When it comes to Iran, Sunni Arab leaders agree with Israel.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  08:45 AM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel, Middle East

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 01/06/2014

Middle East bedlam

President Obama’s foreign policy leads to Middle East chaos.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  12:15 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Foreign policy, Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Syria

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 12/19/2013

Walking a fine line in Egypt

Senate sanctions on Egypt must not send Egypt over the brink or into Putin’s arms.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  09:45 AM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt, human rights, Middle East

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 12/17/2013

Maybe Palestinians don’t want two states

The two-state solution is nowhere in sight.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  01:00 PM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, Middle East, Palestinians

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 12/16/2013

Saudis sound the alarm on the Middle East

Saudis sound panicky about Obama’s Middle East weakness.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  01:00 PM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Syria

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 12/03/2013

Two important thumbs down for the Iran interim deal

Two esteemed former secretaries of state denounce the president’s Iran ploy.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  11:15 AM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Middle East, WMD's

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 11/24/2013

Promoting success in the Middle East

A ray of sunshine in the bleak Middle East, and a rare good-news story for the White House.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  01:30 PM ET, 11/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Foreign policy, Middle East, Morocco

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 11/04/2013

The administration’s death spiral

President Obama has angered so many and accomplished so little.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  12:35 PM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Middle East, Obamacare

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 10/30/2013

Syria’s unimaginable afflictions

Syrian suffering continues unabated.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  04:02 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Middle East, polio, Syria

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 10/29/2013

Iran: Is it too late?

President Obama has let Iran come within weeks of a nuclear weapons breakout, according to experts.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  10:01 AM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Middle East, WMD's

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 10/27/2013

Foreign policy disarray or bipartisan opportunity?

Keeping the foreign policy sides straight is tough work these days.

By  |  01:01 PM ET, 10/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Foreign policy, Middle East, Syria

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 10/25/2013

The dangers of inaction

Right-wing isolationists, like the president, don’t understand the price of inaction.

By  |  08:46 AM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Foreign policy, Iran, Middle East, Saudi Arabia

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Iran stalls, centrifuges spin

The latest round of talks with Tehran is just like every other one.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  03:21 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Middle East, WMD's

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 10/09/2013

Iran’s dangerous doubletalk

There is less to Iran’s willingness to negotiate than meets the eye.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  01:46 PM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel, Middle East

Posted at 05:37 PM ET, 09/24/2013

Obama at the U.N.

President Obama’s sorry speech at the United Nations.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  05:37 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Middle East

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 09/16/2013

Our nation’s new message: Bear no burden, pay nothing

Isolationism has infected both parties.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  11:47 AM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Foreign policy, Middle East, Syria

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 09/16/2013

America invites parade of Middle East horribles

The folly escape our global responsibilities will be felt by innocents and U.S. allies in the Middle East.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  10:01 AM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Foreign policy, Middle East, Syria

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 09/13/2013

Rare agreement between left and right: Obama’s foreign policy is a disaster

The nadir of American foreign policy execution creates opportunity for something better.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  12:02 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Foreign policy, Middle East, Russia, Syria

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 09/13/2013

Why are non-interventionists whining?

Those who opposed U.S. action in Syria have no business complaining about the outcome and the Russians’ triumph.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  09:02 AM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Middle East, Russia, Syria

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 09/11/2013

Here’s a resolution for you

The Congress needs to pass a resolution -- and here it is.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  09:32 AM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Middle East, Syria, WMD's

Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Beyond Syria

President Obama makes Russia top dog in the Middle East.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  05:22 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Middle East, Russia, Syria, WMD's

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 09/10/2013

President Obama needs to say, ‘Never mind. . .’

Look no further than the president if his Syria pitch fails.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  08:47 AM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Foreign policy, Middle East, Syria

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 09/09/2013

A “no” vote is . . .

A 'no' vote is the worst of all choices.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  11:02 AM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Middle East, Syria, WMD's

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 09/02/2013

Grilling the secretaries: What should Congress ask them?

Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel must be asked hard questions.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  03:56 PM ET, 09/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Middle East, Syria, WMD's

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 08/28/2013

Critics of half-measures in Syria: Obama’s pathetic

The president is morally and strategically adrift when it comes to Syria.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  11:07 AM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  human rights, Middle East, National Security, Syria

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 08/27/2013

Ten Syria lessons

What can we learn from the Syria debacle?

By Jennifer Rubin  |  11:01 AM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Middle East, National Security, Syria

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 08/27/2013

Questions for the White House

It's time to hold President Obama accountable for his Middle East failures.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  08:46 AM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt, Middle East, Syria

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 08/21/2013

Losing our bearings on Egypt

Too many bad ideas on Eygpt

By Jennifer Rubin  |  11:02 AM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arab Spring, Egypt, Middle East

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 08/20/2013

U.S. wrong in secretly cutting Egyptian aid

The administration may have done the right thing, but it doesn't want anyone to know.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  01:10 PM ET, 08/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arab Spring, Egypt, Middle East

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 08/20/2013

You're wrong, and you're wrong on Egypt

We cannot be accessories to mass murder.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  11:31 AM ET, 08/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt, human rights, Middle East

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 08/15/2013

Presidential incoherence on Egypt

The president is entirely incoherent on Egypt.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  02:28 PM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arab Spring, Egypt, Middle East

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 08/15/2013

Obama golfs, Kerry lectures, Egyptians die in droves

The president has no policy for Egypt -- and the result is chaos.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  08:46 AM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt, Middle East

Posted at 05:37 PM ET, 08/14/2013

Connecting the dots in a failed Egypt policy

Egypt's cataclysm has ramifications for the United States.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  05:37 PM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt, Foreign policy, Middle East

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 08/14/2013

Egypt explodes

The White House's abject failure in the Middle East is exposed by the military's attack on civilians.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  02:18 PM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arab Spring, Egypt, Middle East

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 08/01/2013

Kerry's folly: A process with no chance for peace

The secretary of state wastes his time on the moribund 'peace process' while the Middle East spins out of control.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  10:02 AM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, Middle East, peace process

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 07/29/2013

Egypt unravels as America sits by

Egypt spins out of control while the U.S. sits mutely.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  02:33 PM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arab Spring, Egypt, Middle East

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 07/29/2013

Consternation over Israeli prisoner release

Releasing murderers for useless peace talks defies logic.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  09:31 AM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, Middle East

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 07/21/2013

Peace process antics

John Kerry's announcement is overblown.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  01:02 PM ET, 07/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, Middle East, peace process

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 07/17/2013

Time to make Assad lose

It is time to make Bashar al-Assad lose.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  03:56 PM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Middle East, Syria

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 07/03/2013

Why is Kerry spending his time in Israel?

John Kerry has a peculiar affinity for the useless "peace process."

By Jennifer Rubin  |  12:32 PM ET, 07/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, John Kerry, Middle East

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 07/02/2013

Egypt: Little U.S. influence, few good choices

The U.S. is between a rock and a hard place in Egypt, the result of inept policy execution.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  10:02 AM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arab Spring, Egypt, Middle East

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 07/01/2013

On the wrong side, again, in Egypt

Obama backs the repressive Muslim Brotherhood president, while secular Egyptians on the street denounce the United States.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  10:02 AM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt, Foriegn policy, Middle East

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 06/24/2013

We hardly knew 'ya, Rami

Rami Hamdallah comes and goes while the Palestinian Authority remains a basket case.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  02:47 PM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, Middle East, PA

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 06/04/2013

You can't be for a weak United States and a strong Israel

The worst possible thing for Israel is a power vacuum left in the wake of U.S. retrenchment.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  01:32 PM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Foreign policy, Iran, Israel, Middle East

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 06/03/2013

More bad news from the Middle East

A new Palestinian Authority prime minister and more evidence of John Kerry's atrocious judgment.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  12:42 PM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, John Kerry, Middle East, Palestinians

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 05/28/2013

What to watch for on Iran

The cries for diplomacy and containment increase as Iran's presidential election draws near

By Jennifer Rubin  |  12:28 PM ET, 05/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Middle East, WMD's

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 05/20/2013

A Middle East policy train wreck

The second Obama term is turning out worse than the first for Middle East policy and U.S. influence in the region.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  11:01 AM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Foreign policy, Israel, John Kerry, Middle East

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 04/30/2013

'Peace process'? You must be joking

The 'peace process' is a joke.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  09:14 AM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, Middle East

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 04/29/2013

Dilemmas abound: Is it time to remove Assad?

We have a Syrian quandary of Obama's making and limited options.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  01:03 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Middle East, Syria, WMD

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 04/28/2013

Obama erases his 'red line'

The president refuses to live up to his own warning, inviting further aggression.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  12:02 PM ET, 04/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Middle East, President Obama, Syria

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 04/26/2013

Syria is a dilemma for Obama

Reports of chemical weapons use have put the administration, according to one expert, "in a fix."

By Jennifer Rubin  |  08:47 AM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Middle East, Syria, WMD's

Posted at 06:25 PM ET, 04/22/2013

Flap over Kerry flotilla remarks

Secretary of State John Kerry is being hammered for comments perceived as equating the Boston bombers with those killed in the Turkish flotilla.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  06:25 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, John Kerry, Middle East

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 04/18/2013

Obama's chaotic Middle East policy

The Obama administration is focused on the wrong thing as the Middle East heads toward a WMD nightmare.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  01:33 PM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Middle East, peace process, Syria

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 04/15/2013

Wheels off the bus in Obama Middle East policy: Fayyad quits

Salam Fayyad quits in huge setback for Middle East and Obama administration.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  09:02 AM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, Middle East, Palestinians

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 04/11/2013

Rubio and Casey on Syria

A bipartisan, sane policy on Syria is possible.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  12:05 PM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Middle East, Syria, WMD's

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 04/10/2013

The Arab Spring: No walk in the park

The Arab Spring won't have a happy ending for many, many years and without considerable help from the West.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  03:18 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arab Spring, Foreign policy, Middle East

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 04/04/2013

Egypt teeters

The Muslim Brotherhood government is failing politically and economically.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  08:47 AM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arab Spring, Egypt, Foreign policy, human rights, Middle East

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 04/01/2013

Where are the Iraq War defenders?

Defenders of the Iraq War have been curiously passive in explaining the successes of the war.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  12:02 PM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, Middle East, National Security, Syria

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 03/26/2013

Hillary Clinton's legacy of mismanagement abroad

Her legacy as secretary of state won't help her in a 2016 run.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  11:33 AM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016, Hillary Clinton, Middle East, Russia

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 03/20/2013

Obama in Israel: Pretty speeches won't do it

The president's speeches are better, but his actions, or lack thereof, leave Israel rattled.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  12:20 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Foreign policy, Israel, Middle East, Syria

Posted at 07:42 AM ET, 03/19/2013

Middle East chaos

President Obama's Middle East policy leaves chaos and violence in its wake.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  07:42 AM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Middle East

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 03/04/2013

Graham previews his Iran resolutions, including force authorization

Sen. Lindsey Graham is taking a step-by-step approach to Iran and if need be with authorize the president to use force.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  03:54 PM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel, Middle East, Sen. Lindsey Graham

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 03/03/2013

AIPAC policy conference opens

The AIPAC conference, an exercise in forced bipartisanship, begins.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  01:02 PM ET, 03/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AIPAC, Iran, Israel, Middle East

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 03/01/2013

Influencing Iran and Obama

Can President Obama be influenced to get serious about Iran and convey a sense of urgency?

By Jennifer Rubin  |  01:46 PM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel, Middle East, Sanctions

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 02/20/2013

Rubio in Israel

Sen. Marco Rubio makes news in Israel and shows his foreign policy chops.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  04:30 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, Middle East, Sen. Marco Rubio

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 01/22/2013

What does the Israeli election mean?

Israelis return Netanyahu to the prime ministership with the opportunity for a centrist coalition.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  05:21 PM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel, Middle East

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 01/08/2013

A rose by any other name is still the Palestinian Authority

The Palestinian Authority changed its name, but its behavior consistently shows its unwillingness to pursue peace.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  11:53 AM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel, Middle East, State Department

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 12/06/2012

The Middle East in turmoil

President Obama's lack of influence in the Middle East has dire coonsequences for events in Egypt and Syria.

By Jennifer Rubin  |  03:10 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt, MIddle East policy, Syria