Tales from the Trail

Best of the debate: Ron Paul v. Michele Bachmann

December 16, 2011

Presidential debates allow voters to hear how candidates differ, and there are few policy differences as great as that between Rep. Ron Paul and Rep. Michele Bachmann on Iran. Take this exchange from last night:

Netanyahu on Obama ties: Under the bus? What bus?

September 25, 2011

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to take the bait on Sunday when asked if he agreed with Republican presidential candidates that President Barack Obama is not pro-Israel enough.

Who’s afraid of Mitt and T-Paw…

May 20, 2011

It turns out that Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty are the scariest pair of presidential prospects in the GOP field today, judging from a new Democratic ad and remarks by some Democratic Party hierophants.

Washington Extra – The choice

May 19, 2011

President Barack Obama wants the “Arab spring” to bloom.

And that means having choice. The United States supports “the right to choose your own leaders — whether you live in Baghdad or Damascus, Sanaa or Tehran,” he said in a much awaited Middle East speech.

Live: President Obama’s “Arab spring” speech

May 19, 2011

President Obama will lay out a vision for his policy toward the Middle East at 11:40 am ET.

Mideast peace veterans and handshake diplomacy

September 2, 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton repeatedly referred to them as “veterans” of the Middle East peace process.

Of diplomacy and baseball…

August 20, 2010

Timing is everything in diplomacy and baseball.

After months of prickly talks aimed at coaxing Israelis and Palestinians into direct peace talks, U.S. envoy George Mitchell finally had news to share.
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But when the U.S. mediator par excellence took the stage for questions Friday at the State Department, reporters tossed him one out of left field.

U.S. lawmakers wonder, where did our love go? with Turkey

July 28, 2010

It almost sounded as if U.S. lawmakers felt jilted by Washington’s long-time NATO ally Turkey.

When seen from Capitol Hill, Jerusalem looks a bit different

March 23, 2010

ISRAEL-USA/What’s the U.S. policy toward Israel? It may depend on which branch of government you ask.

No “no” is final, U.S. mideast peace envoy says

November 25, 2009

President Barack Obama’s mideast peace envoy George Mitchell is an unlikely optimist.