January 13, 2013 |
Here's a prediction I don't think I'll have to apologize for at the end of the year: Some time in the coming months, probably this spring, there will be another crisis over Iran's nuclear program. It's become an annual event on the diplomatic calendar: The United States and its allies press Iran to stop enriching uranium, Iran says no, Israel warns that its patience is running out, and the United States persuades Israel to stay its hand. That's how the crisis has unfolded over the last two years.
November 28, 2012 |
GOMA, Congo - Rebels who seized the eastern city of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo ignored a deadline set by regional leaders to leave and instead spelled out a long list of demands Tuesday. Officials immediately rejected the conditions set by the M23 rebels, which included the release of political prisoners. The Congolese army threatened military action to take back Goma. "They have refused to leave the city of Goma. This is a declaration of war and we intend to resume combat," military spokesman Olivier Hamuli was reported as saying.
October 9, 2012 |
A great power without a significant enemy? That's what the U.S. has become. Osama bin Laden is dead. Al Qaeda is reportedly a shadow of its former self. The great regional threats of the moment, North Korea and Iran, are regimes held together by baling wire and the suffering of their populaces. The only incipient great power rival on the planet, China, has just launched its first aircraft carrier, a refurbished Ukrainian throwaway from the 1990s on whose deck the country has no planes capable of landing.
October 5, 2012 |
BEIRUT - Turkish officials declared their country does not want to enter a war with Syria, even as lawmakers authorized further military operations against the embattled nation and Turkish artillery struck Syrian positions for a second day. "We have no intention for a war," Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told journalists in Ankara, reported the semiofficial Anatolian news agency. "We want only peace and security in our region. " Turkey's retaliatory artillery strikes on Syrian territory have ratcheted up fears that Syria's more-than-18-month civil conflict could trigger a regional war in the volatile Middle East.
September 28, 2012 |
Mitt Romney expressed optimism Friday that Iran will drop its quest for nuclear weapons without a military strike by the United States or Israel, and suggested that he and President Obama are largely on the same page when it comes to Iran. Lest that sound like an unusually conciliatory view for a political challenger, Romney did qualify his remarks about Obama, saying that the president has changed his views until they were more in line with the Republican nominee's. Still, his comments represented a bit of a ratcheting down in tone after months of harsh words about the Iranian threat.
September 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu renewed his campaign on Sunday to get President Obama to take a harder line toward Iran over its nuclear program. Netanyahu, appearing on Sunday TV news shows in the midst of a heated presidential campaign, again urged President Obama to draw a "red line" before Tehran. "This is a matter of urgency," he said on CNN's "State of the Union," calling for the kind of action that he said President John F. Kennedy took with the Soviet Union during the Cuban missile crisis.