Leon Hadar

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  • January 2014

    Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

    Indeed, by accepting the notion that the relationship between the United States, the Jewish state, and the gas station in the Arabian Peninsula amounts to a strategic “alliance,” we assume that Washington shares with the Saudis and the Israelis a set of long-term common interests and a similar view of the world.

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  • December 2013

    Eve of Destruction?

    Like some of you, I’ve been on the receiving end of an e-mail bombardment from friends who have expressed their shock and dismay over the recent shutdown of the U.S. federal government and the entire political and legislative impasse between the White House and congressional Republicans.

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  • August 2012

    Summer of Sharia

    So here we are a year and a half after the start of the protests of Tahrir Square in Cairo, which Tom Friedman and the rest of the Arab Springers had promised would give birth to a New Middle East, where democracy and liberal values would reign from here to eternity, and Arabs and Muslims everywhere would turn out to be “just like us.”

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  • Bombing Iran

    As an American President prepares for his reelection campaign, he has to deal with a complex crisis in the Middle East. A radical regime is projecting its military power, trying to destabilize the pro-American governments in the Middle East, threatening the state of Israel, and aiming to achieve regional supremacy.

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  • January 2012

    Sunni Spring

    Middle East historian William W. Harris described the Levant as the “eastern Mediterranean littoral between Anatolia and Egypt,” a geographical zone that includes most of modern Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel, and the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and a “fractured cultural mosaic” of ethnic and religious groups.

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  • November 2011

    Statehood Bid

    Much of the international politics of the 20th century revolved around the drive for national self-determination, such as that of the Serbs in the Balkans, setting in motion the crises that led to the Great War.

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  • Isolating Israel

    Indeed, the way members of the Israeli political establishment see it, the Arab Spring marks the arrival of an Israeli Winter, creating the conditions for Islamic political radicalization in Egypt—did we mention the Muslim Brotherhood?—and the rest of the Arab world.

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  • August 2010

    A Defining Moment

    In itself, the Israeli military’s raid on the “Free Gaza” aid flotilla was proof, as the astute thinker Forrest Gump put it, that “Stupid is as stupid does.”

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  • Battle of the Narrative

    When a manufacturing company is confronted with the reality of a huge drop in product sales, the initial reaction on the part of the managers is to blame the marketing department and to demand that it come up with a new and more effective advertising campaign.

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  • Obama’s Right-Wing Cheerleaders
    October 2009

    Obama’s Right-Wing Cheerleaders

    The Tea Partiers and the Town Hallers are clearly angry that the Obama administration so quickly began to pursue policies that run contrary to traditional conservative values—values that are based on skepticism of, if not hostility toward, the role of government in the management of human affairs.

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  • August 2009

    Iran and Her Smiles

    In the aftermath of the ousting of Saddam Hussein and the “liberation” of Iraq by U.S. forces, Bush-administration officials who had earlier compared Saddam to Hitler extended that analogy and suggested that postwar Iraq was like post-World War II Germany and Japan and Italy, where the U.S. military occupation helped replace totalitarian regimes with thriving democratic systems.

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  • Israel's Counterelites

    Conventional wisdom has it that the recent parliamentary election in Israel has swayed Israeli politics further to the political right. After all, the balance of power in the 120-member Knesset has shifted quite dramatically.

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  • Two—State Solution, R.I.P.

    Upon being congratulated for defeating the Romans at Asculum in 279 b.c. during the Pyrrhic War, King Pyrrhus of Epirus, who had lost half of his army during the battle, said something to the effect of “Another victory like this, and we’re done for.”

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  • February 2009

    Whither Obama's Foreign Policy?

    According to the Washington Post, a senior diplomat from a major European country, a Middle Eastern ambassador, and an Asian ambassador—all of whom represent “major, big-league countries”—have been getting lots of messages from their home offices wondering how exactly President Obama will exert his influence over the contracting American Empire.

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  • November 2008

    The Guest Who Stayed Forever

    Many of my colleagues in the Reality-Based Community have displayed a lot of wishful thinking in declaring that the “age of neoconservatism is over” or that “we are entering the post-neoconservative age.”

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  • September 2008

    Surging Toward a Time Horizon

    Having listened to recent statements made by President George W. Bush and his presumptive heir, John McCain, I am impressed that these two carriers of the neocon torch expect the opponents of their disastrous military misadventure in Mesopotamia, including presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, to crawl on all fours before the War Party’s leaders, hail the power of their strategic foresight, and beg for their forgiveness.

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  • Neo-McCainism: The Highest Stage of Neoconservatism?
    July 2008

    Neo-McCainism: The Highest Stage of Neoconservatism?

    It is difficult to imagine, but there was a time when pundits in Washington were tagging John McCain as the ultimate unneoconservative Republican figure whose nationalist yet pragmatic approach to foreign policy was being viewed with suspicion by your average global democratic crusader—not to mention the members of what Pat Buchanan described as Israel’s Amen Corner.

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  • The New Middle East

    On March 20, President George W. Bush marked the fifth anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq war by stating that the decision to remove Saddam Hussein from power was and always will be the right one.

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  • April 2008

    Obama and the “Jewish Vote”

    “Concern in Jerusalem: Obama Is Getting Closer to the Presidency” was the headline on the front page of Ma’ariv, an Israeli daily.

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  • February 2008

    Another Middle East Fantasy

    There is an element of cognitive dissonance in the way that many members of the reality-based community in Washington tend to approach U.S. policy in the Middle East.

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