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The Forgotten Pivot to Asia

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The Obama administration's foreign policy energies are fully engaged in the Middle East -- negotiating the Iran deal, sending special forces into Iraq, supporting Saudi airstrikes in Yemen, working with the Syrian rebels. Whatever happened to the pivot to Asia?

Remember, the basic argument behind the pivot was that the United States...Read more

Is Iran Rational?

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- At the heart of the concerns surrounding the deal with Iran is a simple question: Is Iran rational? The answer for many critics of the deal is self-evident. The Iranians are "apocalyptic," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has often said, warning that you can't "bet on their rationality." Sen. Lindsey Graham says "I think ...Read more

A Nuclear Deal is The Best Option

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- When making up their minds about the nuclear deal with Iran, people are properly focused on its details. But to figure out whether an agreement that limits and inspects Iran's nuclear program is acceptable, one has to consider seriously the alternatives to it -- and there are really only two.

First, a return to sanctions. Let's say ...Read more

Where George W. Bush Was Right

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- Yemen's descent into chaos -- with jihadi groups jumping in to fill the vacuum of authority -- has startled many observers. Just months ago, the White House was touting the country as a model for its anti-terrorism campaign. But Yemen's trajectory should not surprise anyone. It follows a familiar pattern in the Arab world, one that ...Read more

Israel's Threat From Within

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- In an appearance on CBS's "Face the Nation" soon before he was re-elected as Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu was asked if he was offended that the White House tweeted one of my columns, pointing out that for 25 years, Bibi had been wrong in his predictions about Iran's nuclear program. "If I had to choose," Netanyahu ...Read more

Bibi's Peter Pan Strategy on Iran

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

WASHINGTON -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the United States Congress was eloquent, moving and intelligent in identifying the problems with the potential nuclear deal with Iran. But when describing the alternative to it, he entered Never-Neverland, painting a scenario utterly divorced from reality. Congress joined him on...Read more

How to Fight an Ideological War

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

AMMAN, Jordan -- Washington is getting enthusiastic about an ideological war these days: not between Democrats and Republicans -- that's old news -- but rather between Americans and radical Islam. Many of those who spent the past several weeks insisting that we label jihadi terrorists "Islamic" now urge that we fight them on the ...Read more

The Limits of the 'Islamic' Label

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- President Obama stands accused of political correctness for his unwillingness to accuse groups like the Islamic State of "Islamic extremism," choosing a more generic term, "violent extremism." His critics say you cannot fight an enemy that you will not name. Even his supporters feel that his approach is too "professorial." 

But ...Read more

The Russian Wild Card

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

NEW YORK -- The deal announced Thursday to end the fighting in Ukraine will face the same obstacle the previous such agreement has faced -- how to ensure that Russia will abide by it. Frustrated by Russia's continued support for Ukrainian separatists, Western statesmen have begun discussing military assistance for the Ukrainian government. But ...Read more

Deny the Islamic State What it Wants

From the Left / Fareed Zakaria /

Once again, an Islamic State murder leads to fears that it is winning, and calls to do more. Fox News' Bret Baier captured the mood when he said of the latest video: "Horrific and barbaric, as well as calculating and skilled at high-tech propaganda." The general feeling is that the Islamic State is gaining ground with its brutal and diabolical ...Read more

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