Gareth Porter: The background to the leak of the US negotiation stance on Iran shows how Obama has made himself dependent on Israeli approval of a deal.
Steve Hochstadt: Settlers create so many of these illegal outposts on the West Bank that the Israeli government has had to dismantle dozens which were not even inhabited.
Marcy Winograd: Please consider vocally supporting the Congressional Black Caucus and President Obama by publicly committing to not attending Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s anticipated March 3, 2015, speech to Capitol Hill lawmakers.
Michael T. Hertz: The United States has had a long history of Middle East involvement, but even in the past 14 years it has made pretty much of a mess of things.
Lila Garrett: It is tempting to rally with righteous indignation behind Obama because he is, after all, our democratically elected President. If he is brushed aside in a decision of this kind, our Constitution, the core of our democracy, is brushed aside with him.
Steve Hochstadt: Twenty feet high, sunk deep into the ground, topped with barbed wire, the Israeli walls of separation prevent movement, separate people and interrupt that very life.
Steve Hochstadt: Younger American Jews tend to believe that the Israeli government is not making a sincere effort to find peace. Few believe that building settlements contributes to Israeli security.
Karl Meyer and Kathy Kelly: It is now past time for the United States and other world powers to recognize that the age of neo-colonial military, political and economic domination, especially in the Islamic Middle East, is decisively coming to a close.
Gareth Porter: The Obama administration feels that it has no incentives to reach an agreement with Iran, because it is getting most of what it wants already under the status quo.
Gareth Porter: Bureaucratic momentum, the desire to be ‘important’, helped drive torture program to point where officials involved had too much to lose to call a halt.
Steve Hochstadt: Academics, and anyone else, who ignores the murderous behavior of both sides contributes to further polarization. I despair of ever seeing peace come to the one place where Jews are not a minority.
Larry Wines: The U.S. paid for 14 Iraqi military divisions, each with 12,500 troops. It turns out that four of those divisions are phantoms that take money for corrupt superiors, but do not exist. Now you know why ISIL/ISIS thinks it can take over.
Gareth Porter: The US posture in talks with Iran has reflected the perspective of a dominant power accustomed to employing coercive power.