Lee Smith

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 Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations.

The Cyber-War Against Iran Is a Real War, and a Rehearsal for Future Conflicts

Despite talk of a diplomatic thaw between Washington and Tehran, the U.S. is already locked in battle

Departing as Ambassador, Michael Oren Is Still Working To Bridge Obama-Bibi Gap

As Washington looks for a diplomatic solution with Iran, Israel’s American-born interlocutor translates for Jerusalem

How Delmore Schwartz Saved My Life

Or at least kept Lou Reed from punching me at a dinner party

Why Is Biden Speaking at J Street?

Just weeks after the group, unlike AIPAC, wouldn’t support a Syria strike

How Iran Uses Terror Threats To Successfully Deter U.S. Military Action

Obama says his Syria move sent Tehran a message on nukes, but the mullahs have Washington cornered

Making It, Norman Podhoretz (1967)

Norman’s Conquest of Manhattan

How AIPAC Became the Syria Strike Scapegoat

Obama asked AIPAC to support a strike. Now everyone’s blaming the Jews.

New Egyptian Regime Reopens Old Fights in Republican Foreign Policy Circles

In the wake of the military takeover, realists and neocons revisit the legacy of George W. Bush’s Freedom Agenda

What Mubarak’s Release Means For Egypt

Releasing the 85-year-old former president will only further divide the country

What’s Wrong With Egypt’s Liberals? For Starters, They’re Not Liberals.

With Egypt’s army clearing protesters by force, scholar Samuel Tadros explains why his country’s modernizers support military rule

Turkey Hawks Bird as Israeli Mossad Spy Beacon, Ruffles Feathers

Bird-brained conspiracy theories keep a tenacious foothold in the Arab Middle East, where science lags behind the West

In Al Jazeera, an Electronic Mirror for the New Emir of Qatar

Agents of Influence counsels the young emir of the wealthy Arab nation who must decide how to use his powerful TV network

Media Warfare Is the Middle East’s Latest Blood Sport—and the U.S. Is the Loser

Who owns the widespread and influential new Arab media, source of much of our news about the region?

Will Egypt Save Itself From Total Collapse by Going to War With Israel?

Agents of Influence: With the nation divided, in turmoil, and lacking hope for peaceful prosperity, a Middle East neighbor has reason to fear

Mideast News Site Offers Diverse Voices—but Often Parrots Syrian Regime

Al-Monitor, a D.C.-based website, publishes Washington bigwigs, Israeli columnists, and, worryingly, Hezbollah-aligned writers

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