Middle East

We show more compassion to refugees by not bringing them here

By |November 22nd, 2015|

(By Joy Overbeck, ’76 Contributor) How would you feel to be uprooted from family, friends, people who share your culture, language and religion and be shipped half-way across the world to a huge and confusing […]

Winning Afghanistan: Advice From a 21-Year-Old Soldier

By |November 8th, 2015|

(By Joy Overbeck, ’76 Contributor) We were both waiting for our delayed planes in the boarding section of a large airport. I had noticed the young man wearing the sandy-colored desert-camo uniform and after […]

Spinning White House yarns and Iranian nukes

By |July 18th, 2015|

(By Melanie Sturm, ’76 Contributor) Unable to ignore millions of cancellation letters and a rare presidential apology, fact-checkers at PolitiFact and the Washington Post designated “If you like your health care plan, you can keep […]

Iran deal dangerous and disconnected from reality

By |July 18th, 2015|

(By John Guandolo, ’76 Contributor) The “Joint Comprehensive Plan”(JCP) – also known as the “Iran Deal” among many – is dangerous for America’s security and demonstrates a true disconnect from reality by those who work […]

I witnessed a speech that may change history

By |March 14th, 2015|

“All the world’s a stage,” Shakespeare penned, and last week I was fortunate to behold a performance for the ages, one that moved its standing-room-only audience.

Sitting in the gallery above a joint session of Congress and feeling history’s weight at our civilization’s fateful crossroads, I watched Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu enter the House chamber to thunderous bipartisan applause before delivering a gracious, credible and consequential speech. […]

An Obama legacy of less freedom and more danger?

By |March 9th, 2015|

As the last two years of his tenure move toward their conclusion, President Barack Obama’s increasingly probable legacy — on top of the much-discussed debt he will leave to punish future generations — could be a nuclear-armed Iran and a striking diminution of rule of law and American freedoms. […]

Why Jew-hatred matters to everyone

By |February 27th, 2015|

There’s an old political saying that if your opponent is committing suicide, get out of the way. Yet professor Sean Elias requires a response, so hateful was his odious retort in The Aspen Times to my column, “Why coexist with a mortal Iranian threat?” […]

Why coexist with a mortal Iranian threat?

By |February 14th, 2015|

Imagine catching a lethal, fast-growing, yet operable cancer in a child before it’s spread. The doctors assure a high survival rate, assuming traditional protocols. Meanwhile, a third opinion proposes no treatment, believing the child can coexist normally with cancer. […]

Against ISIS, Obama mobilizes a coalition of… 1

By |September 16th, 2014|

With great fanfare and a nationwide, prime time presidential address to the American people President Obama announced the formation of a “broad coalition” that would wage war together to destroy the Islamic State also known as ISIS or ISIL. Although few other details were given about the coalition, a senior administration official said on Wednesday “we are very confident that this will be a broad-based coalition with countries from the Arab world, from Europe, but also other key allies around the globe, like, for instance, Australia, which has joined us in humanitarian airdrops already in Iraq; or Canada, which has already put advisers on the ground.” […]

ISIL betrays Islam? Not so, says former Muslim

By |September 12th, 2014|

Brother Rachid, the son of a Moroccan imam, has posted a video called “A Message to President Obama From a Former Muslim” in which he attempts to give the President a crash course in Islamic studies. He begins by telling the president that he is wrong when he said that ISIL speaks for no religion. The former Muslim-turned-Christian further explains that terrorism begins in the schools and Mosques and must be cut off at the root. […]