Kerry and the Mideast

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-+*Brent Budowksy: To those who oppose the diplomacy of Obama and Kerry, I ask: What is your alternative? What happens if your policies are followed?

Why Hawks Are Trying to Kill Interim Nuclear Pact with Iran

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-+*Ivan Eland: If the real objective is to weaken Iran as power in the Middle East through a military attack by either the US or Israel, using Iran’s nuclear program as an excuse, the interim agreement is a disaster because it removes the imperative for any military strike.

U.S. Officials Hint at Reservations on Final Nuclear Deal

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-+*Gareth Porter: But within hours of the agreement, there are already indications from senior U.S. officials that the Barack Obama administration is not fully committed to the conclusion of a final pact, under which economic sanctions would be completely lifted.

Overplaying Its Hand, Israel Still Holds Plenty of U.S. Cards

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-+*Norman Solomon and Abba A. Solomon: Netanyahu and many other Israelis — as well as the powerhouse U.S. lobbying group AIPAC and many with similar outlooks in U.S. media and politics — fear that Israel’s capacity to hold sway over Washington policymakers has begun to slip away.

Egypt’s Dark Tunnel

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-+*Adil Shamoo: Events since the ouster of Mohamed Morsi have been ominous for democracy and for Egypt.

Obama’s Case for Syria Didn’t Reflect Intel Consensus

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-+*Gareth Porter: Contrary to the general impression in Congress and the news media, the Syria chemical warfare intelligence summary released by the Barack Obama administration Aug. 30 did not represent an intelligence community assessment, interviews with former intelligence officials reveals.

Iraq No, Syria Yes

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-+*Brent Budowsky: Syria is not Iraq. Obama, along with Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, national security adviser Susan Rice and United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power, is not looking for imperial wars or large-scale or long-term military conflicts.