Lee Smith is a senior editor at the Weekly Standard and a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. He is also the author of the recently published The Consequences of Syria.
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Trump’s Middle East Trip Was a Big, Surprising Success—and the Iranian Regime is Nervous

How the president’s photo-op diplomacy plays in Riyadh, Tehran, Beirut, Jerusalem, and back home in Trumpland

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Bibi Should Tell Trump to Go Take a Selfie

When the American president visits the Western Wall next week as part of his Abrahamic monotheism heritage tour, he’ll be using the Jewish state as a prop—in a fantasy of Middle East peace, starring himself.

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Mahmoud Abbas Is History’s Most Stubborn Real Estate Holdout

And Donald Trump knows ‘The Art of the Deal.’ Who will blink first?

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Why Everything You Think You Know About Foreign Policy Is Wrong

How Gladwellian Internet ‘hot takes’ fueled the new echo-chamber press that enabled Obama’s foreign policy—and still rules Washington

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Shooting at Monsters

Making sense of who did—and did not—support President Trump’s airstrikes against Syria, including John Kerry

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Did the Obama Administration’s Abuse of Foreign-Intelligence Collection Start Before Trump?

One clue: The Russia story is a replay of how the former White House smeared pro-Israel activists in the lead-up to the Iran Deal

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Will Obama’s Foreign Policy Wizards Save Trump?

The new president’s approach to Iran, Syria, and Israel looks a lot like the old president’s—because the same people are implementing it

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Wayne Barrett, Donald Trump, and the Death of the American Press

How did we get from ‘Village Voice’ reporters digging up everything there is to know about a flashy New York real estate salesman to not knowing anything about the President of the United States and his ties to Russia?

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Syrian Refugees Are the New Jews. So Who Are the Nazis?

Invoking the Holocaust, and comparing the persecution of Jews to that of Syrian refugees, has become a consensus take. But no one has bothered to identify the murderous culprit.

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The Arab-ization of American Politics

Why do so many Americans mistake what typically signals a failure of democracy for democracy itself?

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What Obama Owes Putin—and Why Donald Trump Is Left Holding the Bag

Broader aims on Middle East realignment led the outgoing president’s efforts at two-track diplomacy. One track was misdirection. The other handed the region to Russia and Iran.

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Obama Said to Break With Decades of U.S. Policy to Declare Western Wall ‘Occupied Territory’ at the UN

The lame-duck president is dismantling the alliance system that has kept America and much of the rest of the world secure

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Trump’s Iran Deal Trap: ‘Renegotiation’ vs. ‘Enforcement’

Why the new Commander-in-Chief has few good options for rebuilding the Middle East order that Obama negotiated away

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Trump’s Warning to Boeing Doesn’t Stop With Air Force One

Boeing stands to rake in cash from the Iran Deal. But the Trump Administration poses serious concerns for investors.

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Will Trump and Netanyahu Make the America-Israel Relationship Great Again?

PEOTUS is stacking his cabinet with friends of the Jewish State, but the geopolitical realities of Iran, Russia, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and ISIS may complicate his Middle East policy, whatever it turns out to be

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The Damascus Junket Pays Dividends for Assad

After interacting with Assad’s murderous regime, a group of Western journalists and editors decided to tell the dictator’s ‘side of the story.’ Sorry is the state of American journalism and policymaking.

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A New Blacklist From the Southern Poverty Law Center Marks the Demise of a Once-Vital Organization

15 prominent writers and thinkers are labeled “anti-Muslim extremists”—Why?

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Saint Nick’s Math Problem

New York Times foreign affairs columnist Nicholas D. Kristof doesn’t understand how foreign aid works

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Obama’s Syria Policy Isn’t a ‘Mistake.’ It’s Deliberate.

How the Iran deal explains the administration’s inaction in Syria

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West of Eden: Trump, Race, and Jewish Republicans

What Californians Roger Simon and David Horowitz see in the GOP nominee—and how it reflects deeper veins of Jewish assimilation in America

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Michael Tolkin’s American Midrash

The Hollywood screenwriter and underappreciated novelist is ready for the end of the world

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Loathe Thy Brother

Are Donald Trump and Barack Obama two examples of the same American affliction?

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Argentine Prosecutor Asserts Alberto Nisman Was Murdered. Now, to Find His Killers.

All evidence points to foul play, and reason suggests responsibility falls upon both Iran and Argentina

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The Ambassador From Hell?

America’s Moral Collapse in Syria: Samantha Power wrote the book on how the U.S. government ignores and legitimates genocides. Or was it a handbook?

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The ‘Washington Post’ Pulls Out of Iran, While the ‘New York Times’ Cashes In

Just as reporter Jason Rezaian was freed from two years in captivity, the paper of record was selling luxury tours to Tehran. Why?

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Obama’s Make-Believe Peace With Iran Ushers in a Wild 2016 in the Middle East

Why the president’s foreign policy of leaving U.S. allies out in the cold will make it very hard for the next president to maintain American influence

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Why the White House Wanted Congress To Think It Was Being Spied on by the NSA

The ‘Wall Street Journal’ recently published a scoop about the NSA snooping on Israel, but it makes no sense

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Israel and Turkey Restore Diplomatic Relations

Ankara and Jerusalem have cut a deal, as Israel will pay $20 million to the families of the Turkish citizens killed in Gaza flotilla in 2010; more

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The Israeli Castration Complex

From the 1972 Munich massacre to Anne-Marie Slaughter’s ‘crazy idea’

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