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One of the most interesting parts of Obama’s Wars, Bob Woodward’s book on the Obama administration’s prosecution of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is when James Jones flies to Pakistan with John Brennan to tell Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari that his country is the center of our Central Asia policy:

“Pakistan is the epicenter of the strategic review,” Jones said. The president was elevating the importance of Pakistan. Jones said the region would now be called PakAf instead of AfPak.

This distressed the Pakistanis, who responded that the inversion might suggest that Pakistan was the main problem. That would not be positive, nor would it be in the spirit of the proposed partnership, they said.

You have to love Zardari’s classic inability to grasp the obvious. It might suggest that Pakistan was the main problem. Yes, indeed it might. Because Obama himself grasped that long before he dispatched Jones and Brennan. I thought of this watching Brennan, the president’s counterterrorism adviser, field questions Monday from the press on whether our relationship with Pakistan will be under any additional duress since, well, they were hiding Osama bin Laden on their own turf and we had to put special forces on the ground to go get him. Brennan first let it be known that the Pakistanis aren’t fooling anyone:


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There are times when those on the Left arise to defend Israel and end up proving, ironically, that American liberalism’s break with the Jewish state is real and dramatic.

Jeffrey Goldberg’s recent article defending Israel’s “special relationship” with the U.S. is one such example. He correctly identifies “liberals” as the demographic that is abandoning Israel, but thinks they have legitimate grievances against the Jewish state. In addition, he wrongly blames the growing partisan divide with regards to Israel on a ploy by Netanyahu and the Republicans. The fact that Republican pro-Israel pronouncements are enough to make leftists feel squeamish about sharing the pro-Israel space tells you all you need to know about the depth–or lack thereof–of the Left’s commitment to Israel.


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The killing of Osama Bin Laden is a tremendous triumph in the ongoing war on terror. It is a historic moment that has the potential to go down in history as a turning point in the war. It is not the end of the war but it is an attainment of a central goal of the war – a goal that was established from the outset as a priority. The importance of this event on the road to victory over terror cannot be underestimated.

That being said the juxtaposition of the elimination of bin Laden with the so-called reconciliation of Fatah and Hamas is striking.

Al-Qaeda has remained a pariah and no nation has offered to defend it publicly.

But the same cannot be said for Hamas.


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This popular post was originally published on March 29, 2011

Once more residents of Southern Israel have come under fire from the Gaza strip. In the past few weeks, scores of mortars and rockets have been fired into Israel. Some longer-range rockets have even hit major population centers like Be’er Sheva and Ashkelon, causing schools to be closed.

The government has responded with limited air strikes and then once more moving into the fortress mentality by starting to deploy the Iron Dome anti-missile system. With that in mind a bit of moral clarity is needed. There had been relative quiet on the Gaza border since the end of the Cast Lead operation; while there have been a few minor incidents, both sides have been keeping an uneasy ceasefire.


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This popular post was originally published on April 15, 2011

New movie adaptations featuring comic book heroes Thor, Green Lantern and Captain America are all due out this summer and are generating tremendous media attention already. And that’s with the first movie, Thor, not arriving in theaters until May 6.

The launch of a new comic book series where the hero is tasked with defending Israel on the battlefield of ideas has gone largely unnoticed though. The Jerusalem Post first reported early this year on Capt. Israel telling its readers it was “…created by international Israel advocacy group Stand With Us, (this) is a new, unabashedly Zionist addition to the Jewish superhero pantheon. The creation of artist Arlen Schumer bears a strong resemblance to Captain America. See the entire article here: http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishNews/Article.aspx?id=204263


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