Now more than ever, U.S. must side with activists struggling to install democracy

WASHINGTON - Recent developments in Egypt, Syria, and elsewhere have convinced skeptics that U.S. Read more

Global sanctions on Iran are working; relaxing them now would be foolhardy

WASHINGTON - Calls to ease sanctions on Iran to spur global negotiations over its nuclear program will backfire, making a deal far less likely and greatly raising the risk of an Israeli military strike to cripple the program. Read more

Helping would show U.S. is serious about preventing a nuclear-armed Iran

WASHINGTON - The United States faces a cold reality: even stepped-up U.S. and Western sanctions of recent weeks have not persuaded Iran's radical regime, which is driving ever closer to nuclear weaponry, to shift course. Read more

Pro: Radical Muslim power grabs in key Arab nations would be a huge setback for the US

WASHINGTON - At its best, U.S. policy toward the Middle East consists of a deft combination of short-term pragmatism and long-term idealism. In the short term, Washington works to protect Israel and other U.S. Read more

Surgical strikes against key facilities would force Iran to face military reality

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States and bomb Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington and elsewhere was not some bizarre move by a rogue operator within Iran's government. Read more

The stakes are far too high for America to sit on the sidelines

The Arab Spring has brought hope to millions across the Middle East and North Africa, but whether its ultimate outcome is a more democratic region or just a new set of autocrats to replace the old remains a very open question. Read more

Pro: Is it time to put the military option back on the table to deal with Iran's nuclear threat?

Make no mistake: U.N. Security Council sanctions and additional U.S. and European pressures are hurting Iran.

Tehran is having a harder... Read more

Palestinian ploy would push Israel to the edge of destruction

WASHINGTON — The Palestinian push for U.N. recognition of statehood comes amid signs that Palestinians are discarding the... Read more

Pro: Are hearings on American-Muslims necessary?

An Army psychiatrist at Fort Hood, Texas, allegedly kills 13 of his service mates. A Pakistani immigrant tries to set off a car bomb in Times... Read more

Hezbollah's seizure of power in Lebanon dooms peace talks

Prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority have not been rising. The central issues of Jerusalem, Israeli settlements and Palestinian refugees seem no closer to resolution, and turmoil in Egypt, Jordan, Yemen and elsewhere in the region further complicates efforts to reach long-term solutions to vexing challenges. Read more

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