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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No U.S. Strategy in Syria

The U.S. refuses to arm rebel groups. Now, an al-Qaida affiliate has emerged as one of the strongest factions.

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Have Obama and Bibi Made Up?

If the past few weeks are any guide, it looks like the open feud between Jerusalem and Washington is over

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How Gaza Changes the Game

A ceasefire may be imminent, but the fallout is just beginning. What’s next for Iran, Egypt, and the U.S.

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Losing Petraeus, Losing Iran

The general was one of few who understood that Iran was at war with the U.S., and no bargain could be struck

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A 2016 Mideast Dispatch

In this report from the future, the U.S. pulls out of the Gulf as the Saudis cozy up to Avigdor Lieberman

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The Alan Dershowitz Syndrome

Prominent Jews like the Harvard lawyer have spent years criticizing Obama. So, why are they endorsing him?

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A 40-Year U.S. Embassy Crisis

The murders in Benghazi are the latest in a string of attacks on American diplomats to go unanswered by the U.S.

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Will Jordan Be Next to Fall?

Protests against the monarchy—the biggest since the Arab Spring began—are bad news for Israel and the U.S.

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America’s Future in the Mideast

Thomas Friedman, Elliott Abrams, Walter Russell Mead, and Aaron David Miller advise the next president

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How Orientalism Shaped Obama

The White House’s response to the anti-Islam video is proof of the enduring influence of Edward Said’s ideas

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Fate Sealed for Egypt’s Jews

Islamists storm the U.S. embassy and Egypt’s last Jews have no rabbi. Shanah tova from the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Why Rachel Corrie Went to Gaza

What the pro-Palestinian activist—whose death was just ruled an accident—shared with Lawrence of Arabia

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Why Romney Won’t Strike Iran

The three factors that explain why a Republican president is no more likely to stage a pre-emptive attack

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The Israeli-American Divide

Israel fears a crisis in Egypt, but the U.S. remains calm. How did these allies come to see things so differently?

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Palestine’s Biggest Obstacle

Palestinians in the diaspora are thriving, so what exactly is preventing success in the West Bank and Gaza?

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Cause for Celebration in Syria

The fall of Assad’s pro-Iranian regime is a net gain for the U.S., even if what replaces it isn’t a reliable ally

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What Condi Says About Romney

Floating Rice’s name as a possible vice president shows the Romney campaign’s lack of foreign-policy smarts

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Why the U.S. Could Bomb Iran

The White House’s line—that a strike can only delay the program—is an attempt to downplay our military capability

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What’s Next for Egypt?

The Muslim Brotherhood, which won the presidency Saturday, sees itself as a corrective to modern Egyptian life

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Leaking Cyberwar Secrets

The White House wants credit for successes but blames Israel for failures, a New York Times exposé shows

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The Enemies of Our Enemies

The Salafis, Sunni Islamic extremists, are at least opposed to the most dangerous U.S. adversaries, the Shiites

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Hezbollah’s Newest Threat

Lebanon’s Party of God is feeling heat from certain Shiites, who aren’t eager to serve as human shields again

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The Israel Lobby’s GOP Past

Jewish voters are a reliable Democratic bloc. But the Republican Party established the first platform on Israel—and brought the Democrats along.

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Iran’s Missing Nuclear Fatwa

Hillary Clinton’s State Department policy relies in part on Ayatollah Khamenei’s supposed anti-nuclear fatwa. But the edict may not even exist.

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Christians for Palestine

A vocal majority of evangelical Christians are zealous supporters of Israel. But a growing movement seeks to align them with the Palestinian cause.

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Who Leaked Israeli Iran Plan?

Some analysts say the White House leaked details of Israel’s alleged attack plan to discourage the Jewish state. Others call the idea ‘absurd.’

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Obama’s About-Face on Syria

In August, the president called for Bashar al-Assad to step down. But the U.S. hasn’t sent arms to the opposition. To understand why, look to Russia.

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Obama the Bluffer

The president says he’s got Israel’s back regarding Iran. So, why hasn’t the White House readied the American public for a possible military strike?

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The Road From Damascus

Hamas finally comes out against the Assad regime, its longtime patron, striking a major blow against Iran’s bid for Shia regional dominance

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Beat the Clock

The White House has put the squeeze on Iran with a serious sanctions regime in the past few months. But for Israel, it may be too little, too late.