Did I Read This Right? Brookings Scholar References Israel Attack on USS Liberty?



A friend of mine wrote to me about the piece below, released yesterday by Brookings, wondering when Brookings Energy Security Initiative Director Charles Ebinger will be spending time with Helen Thomas. We hope Ebinger stays gainfully busy at Brookings — but wow. This came from Brookings!? Very interesting, and an important sign of the times….

Jeff Bader’s Tough Love Talk on Japan, Futenma & Hatoyama



(an aerial view of Futenma U.S. Marine Corps Air Station, Okinawa) Chris Nelson blogged before blogs — and his daily take on US foreign policy and political affairs, The Nelson Report, with a zealous slant towards all things Asia — is only available to high end consulting clients and his pals (by fax and email)….

Washington’s Choices: Status Quo, Break With Israel, or Double Down on A Peace Deal



(Photo Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) In yesterday’s New York Times, White House Correspondent Helene Cooper addresses one of the difficult questions that the recent Flotilla row between Israel and Turkey poses to American officials: what to do about the fact that Israeli policies seem to be having increasingly negative consequences for…

Helen Thomas Trips Up



RabbiLive got a provocative comment from the iconic White House correspondent Helen Thomas — sort of the Max Blumenthalesque treatment of the Israel-Palestine issue from the other side of the coin. Helen Thomas, in my view, is right to talk about the problems of Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory. She is clearly passionate about that….

Israel as a Strategic Liability?



This is a guest note by Anthony H. Cordesman, holder of the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. This piece first appeared as a CSIS brief and is reprinted here with permission.