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U.S. and allies to hold Gulf military exercise

U.S. and allies to hold Gulf military exercise

Sep 16, 2012

(Reuters) - Warships from around the world were assembling in the Gulf on Sunday for what the U.S. military described as the most widely attended international naval exercise ever held in the Middle East.

Iran on brink of nuclear bomb in six-seven months: Netanyahu

Iran on brink of nuclear bomb in six-seven months: Netanyahu

Reuters, Matt Spetalnick and Dan Williams,

16 September 2012

(Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Sunday that Iran was just six to seven months away from the brink of being able to build a nuclear bomb, adding urgency to his demand that President Barack Obama set a "red line" for Tehran in what could deepen the worst U.S.-Israeli rift in decades.

'Obama's Middle East Policy Is in Ruins'

'Obama's Middle East Policy Is in Ruins'

Der Spiegel,

14 September 2012

After days of protests over an anti-Islam film, American diplomatic missions in the Middle East and North Africa were braced for further violence after Friday prayers. The US put its overseas missions on high alert.

How Would America Quit Intervening Abroad If It Wanted To?

How Would America Quit Intervening Abroad If It Wanted To?

Conor Friedersdorf

Sep 14 2012

 

Contrasting the foreign policy outlooks of President Obama and Mitt Romney, Noah Millman notes that both men take it for granted that the U.S. will play an active role in the Middle East. "Neither candidate stands for a policy of strategic withdrawal, of reducing American exposure to conflict in the Middle East or elsewhere, and there is no major figure in either party - including Ron Paul - who has even articulated what such a policy would look like, and how such a transition would be managed," he writes, adding that "Paul takes a principled non-interventionist stance, which is not at all the same thing as explaining how we get from the foreign policy we have to the foreign policy he would prefer in the safest, least-costly fashion to ourselves and our allies."

Romney advisers: Why not call Russia our no. 1 foe?

Romney advisers: Why not call Russia our no. 1 foe?

By: Hope Hodge
9/13/2012

The tone for a policy clash on Russia between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney was set early in the race, and somewhat by accident.

In late March, an accidental “hot mic” caught Obama apparently asking then-Russian president Dmitry Medvedev for time until after Obama’s election so he could be more flexible to negotiate with Medvedev’s successor Vladimir Putin on missile defense issues.

Responding to the ensuing scandal, Romney chided Obama for making deals with America’s “No. 1 geopolitical foe” and became the center of his own media backlash for the comment.

Ending the radicalization spiral after the tragedy in Libya

Ending the radicalization spiral after the tragedy in Libya

H. A. Hellyer

September 12, 2012

 

It was a YouTube movie trailer that no one knew about. That is, until radical Salafis decided to draw everyone's attention to it. Already, people have died who had nothing to do with the film -- and the repercussions of all of this will go on for years to come. It's a tragedy -- one that can either be harnessed for good, or can continue to wreak havoc.

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