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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John Kerry Was Right About Terrorism in 2004, and Donald Trump And His Generals Are Wrong

‘Afghanistan is the swamp and Trump now owns it’

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Democratic and Republican Elites Are Using Trump to Whitewash 16 Years of Foreign-Policy Disasters

Successive two-term administrations made a mess of the Middle East. Who will clean up?

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News-For-Hire Scandal Deepens: ‘Fusion GPS’ Sleazy Venezuela Links Shed New Light on Trump Dossier

News of the News: an oppo-research-for-hire outfit of former reporters tries to seed stories in the American press for global clients

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John Bolton: Trump Wants to Kill Iran Deal

The former George W. Bush administration adviser and diplomat talks Iran, North Korea, and other NatSec issues

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Fusion GPS Illuminates the Brave New World of Manufactured News for Hire

News of the News: How the new sausage gets made

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Linda Sarsour’s Jihad

The activist version of Kathy Griffin meant to divide her audience while threatening Muslims who reject her extremism. She got away with it.

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Which Is Worse, Nuclear Annihilation or Donald Trump?

The president may be a reckless outsider, but he’s the only one who has a chance to undo three decades of America’s disastrous North Korea policy

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The Strange Tale of Jay Solomon: Iran Deal Expert, Arms Runner, or Dupe?

Iran Week: Why was the Wall Street Journal reporter fired?

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How Facebook Ate the News

Why Harvard commencement speaker Mark Zuckerberg is America’s Public Enemy No. 1

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America’s Descent Into Middle Eastern-Style Conspiracy-Theory Madness

How the once-sturdy institutions of our democracy—the press, the intelligence community, political parties—have been used to legitimize a conspiracy theory, and why those theories are so hard to disprove

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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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