Obama Meets Netanyahu: No Love Fest But As Good As It's Gonna Get

by Barry Rubin, The Rubin Report Why was the meeting this time between President Barack H. Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a success? The answer is simple though not all the reasons are publicly known. So I’ll tell you about them. The president couldn’t have been more effusive. They had an “excellent” discussion, Netanyahu’s…

Russia's Bid

By Barry Rubin, JPost.com Russia’s bid for renewed power in the Mideast as a rival to the US is one more thing that US policy is unprepared to cope with, nor even recognize.   If America’s Middle East position collapses in the forest will anyone hear it? The answer is either  ‘no,’ or ‘just barely.’ As…