Featured Articles — December 5, 2007

Interesting Takes from Home and Abroad:

Hillary, Rudy May Know Life After Death — Dick Morris
It now seems possible, and some would say probable, that both front-runners for their party nominations will be wiped out in the early caucuses and primaries. It may well be that neither Hillary Clinton nor Rudy Giuliani win anything before the Florida primary on Jan. 29.

If the NIE Is Right About Iran, Thank “Cowboy Diplomacy” for It — Rush Limbaugh
I might actually grant, ladies and gentlemen, that diplomacy played a small part in forcing the Iranians to cease the production of their nuclear weapons program, if indeed they have.

NY’S ’08 HOPES — William Kristol
‘IF I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere . . . New York, New York.”

Time to Talk to Iran — Robert Kagan
Regardless of what one thinks about the National Intelligence Estimate’s conclusion that Iran stopped its nuclear weapons program in 2003 — and there is much to question in the report — its practical effects are indisputable.

‘High Confidence’ Games — Wall Street Journal Editorial
The CIA’s flip-flop on Iran is hardly reassuring.

Peru Is In, Now Where’s Colombia? — Investor’s Business Daily Editorial
The Hemisphere: Santa came early this year, arriving on an alpaca-drawn sleigh with Senate passage of Peru free trade. But it’s not the only gift America needs. Congress must pass the even more critical Colombia pact.

The Logic of Torture — Keith Burgess-Jackson
Why the subject of torture provokes so much yelling and so little argumentation.

Turkey, still a western ally? — Daniel Pipes
‘Far from being the source of anti-Americanism in Turkey, the AKP represents an ideal partner for the United States in the region.” So asserts Joshua W. Walker, a former Turkey desk officer at the State Department now studying at Princeton University, referring to the Justice and Development Party (known as the AKP).

Britain’s moral maze — Daniel Scott
In the summer of 2006, while guiding 40 British school children across northern Israel, I found myself caught up in the Middle East conflict when Hizbullah rockets fired from southern Lebanon began raining down.

A political reversal — Jerusalem Post Editorial
We assess that Teheran is determined to develop nuclear weapons – despite its international obligations and international pressure. It is continuing to pursue uranium enrichment and has shown more interest in protracting negotiations than reaching an acceptable diplomatic solution.

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