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The Beginning Of The End Of The Dollar ?

by @ Tuesday, October 6th, 2009. Filed under China, Economics, Europe, Foreign Affairs, France, Japan, Middle East, Russia

In a story that’s receiving headline treatment from Matt Drudge, Robert Fisk is reporting in The Independent that several oil producing states, along with China, Russia, and France are working on a plan to abandon the dollar: In the most profound financial change in recent Middle East history, Gulf Arabs are planning – along with […]

The Arabs Are Becoming Nervous About A Nuclear Iran

by @ Thursday, October 1st, 2009. Filed under Foreign Affairs, Iran, Israel, Middle East

An interesting passage from an article in yesterday’s New York Times about the Arab world’s increasing apprehension over the possibility of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon: Among Iran’s Persian Gulf neighbors there is growing resignation that Iran cannot be stopped from developing nuclear arms, though Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful uses. Some […]

If Iran Talks Fail……Here’s Obama’s Plan B

by @ Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. Filed under Foreign Affairs, Iran, Middle East

If, as seems increasingly likely, Iran does not voluntarily agree to end it’s nuclear weapons program, the United States has plans in place for wide-ranging economic sanctions: The Obama administration is laying plans to cut Iran’s economic links to the rest of the world if talks this week over the country’s nuclear ambitions founder, according […]

Containment For The 21st Century

by @ Sunday, September 27th, 2009. Filed under Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Foreign Affairs, Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, Middle East, War On Terror

In today’s Washington Post, Andrew J. Bacevich suggests that we reach back to the early days of the Cold War for ideas on how to deal with the war against Islamic terrorism: Containment implies turning to the old Cold War playbook. When confronting the Soviet threat, the United States and its allies erected robust defenses, […]

U.S. To Demand Inspection Of No-Longer-Secret Iranian Nuke Facility

by @ Sunday, September 27th, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Foreign Affairs, Iran, Middle East, Politics

The Obama Administration appears ready to up the ante in the confrontation over Iran’s nuclear program: WASHINGTON — The Obama administration plans to tell Iran this week that it must open a newly revealed nuclear enrichment site to international inspectors “within weeks,” according to senior administration officials. The administration will also tell Tehran that inspectors […]

SecDef Gates On Iran: Diplomacy Is The Answer, Not Military Action

by @ Sunday, September 27th, 2009. Filed under Foreign Affairs, Iran, Middle East

Robert Gates made clear this morning that he does not see the Iranian problem as one that can be solved principally by military means: WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday that diplomacy and sanctions rather than military action are the way to persuade Iran to change its nuclear program as divisions emerge […]

U.S. To Call Out Iran On Secret Nuclear Facility

by @ Friday, September 25th, 2009. Filed under Foreign Affairs, Iran, Middle East

Today’s New York Times reports that the United States, along with Britain and France, is preparing to accuse Iran of having a covert nuclear fuel facility: PITTSBURGH — President Obama and the leaders of Britain and France will accuse Iran Friday of building a secret underground plant to manufacture nuclear fuel, saying it has hidden […]

Israeli Prime Minister To United Nations: Have You No Shame ?

by @ Thursday, September 24th, 2009. Filed under Foreign Affairs, Iran, Israel, Middle East

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu delivered a tough and dramatic speech to the UN General Assembly today: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a blistering attack on the floor of the United Nations Thursday on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, saying the hearing granted the Iranian president the night before amounted to a “disgrace of the U.N. charter.” […]

Obama Addresses U.N. General Assembly

by @ Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Foreign Affairs, Iran, Israel, Middle East, Politics

President Obama gave his first address to the United Nations General Assembly today and struck notes that should be familiar to those of us who’ve followed his foreign policy to date: UNITED NATIONS — The United States is ready to begin a new era of engagement with the world, President Obama said Wednesday in a […]

Report: Obama To Abandon European Missile Defense System

by @ Thursday, September 17th, 2009. Filed under Europe, Foreign Affairs, Iran, Israel, Middle East, Russia

The United States is apparently set to abandon plans for a missile defense shield that would have protected most of Eastern Europe: WASHINGTON — The White House will shelve Bush administration plans to build a missile-defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic, a move likely to cheer Moscow and roil the security debate in […]

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