Views from abroad: In Mideast, Obama must make a move

By YORAM ETTINGER, USA TODAY— Is Barack Obama learning from history by avoiding the crucial errors of his first visit to the Middle East shortly after becoming president? In 2009, when he visited Cairo to speak directly to the Arab world, Obama anticipated engagement, rather than confrontation, with Iran, which threatened the survival of pro-U.S.…

The Hagel Finagle

By JERROLD SOBEL, AMERICAN THINKER— Despite the most inane confirmation hearing performance in recent memory, after embarrassingly stumbling and bumbling through eight hours of straight up questioning, it’s a done deal, Chuck Hagel was confirmed and became the United States 23rd Secretary of Defense on Tuesday. His confirmation became assured lastThursday, after five term Republican…

Obama's 'friends of Hamas'? Records of Hagel and Brennan both suggest ties to Islamists

By FRANK GAFFNEY, JWREVIEW— Last week, 25 Republican senators wrote a letter to a former member of their caucus and the man President Obama wants to lead the Defense Department, demanding full disclosure of his financial dealings. To date, Sen. Chuck Hagel has demonstrated afresh his contempt for the legislature by declining to do so.…

US Ambassador: Obama visit not connected to coalition talks

By HERB KEINON, JPOST— US Ambassador Dan Shapiro dismissed speculation on Wednesday that the timing of President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to Israel is somehow aimed at impacting the coalition talks. “Obviously we don’t play a role and have no intention of interfering in Israeli coalition negotiations,” Shapiro told The Jerusalem Post, responding to claims…