Alusi says, U.S.: “Don’t be the power to help Tariq al-Hashemi; speaks of precarious times for middle east Christians

December 25, 2011


In the aftermath of the U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq and with upheaval in middle eastern nations from Egypt to Syria, Christians are more vulnerable than they have been for decades.

This Christmas Day I spoke with my source in Iraq,...

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My meeting with Newt; other impressions from the RJC candidates’ forum and last debate

December 22, 2011


Covering the Republican Jewish Coalition’s candidates’ forum a couple weeks back, I had the (brief) opportunity to meet Newt Gingrich (pictured above with his wife Callista, South Dakota Senator Dan Lederman, and...

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Most do nothing – but judge

November 18, 2011

This intelligent column in the New York Times by David Brooks on the Sandusky/ Paterno controversy makes the point that people love to judge others, but few stand up to evil.

To that I would add, people also love to demonize those...

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Iraqi human rights champion to Obama: stop Iran before it’s too late

August 17, 2011


Mithal al-Alusi, human rights leader and former Iraqi Parliamentarian, contacted me last weekend to convey his thoughts about the dire situation for proponents of human rights and liberal values in Iraq. He also urged President...

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My Question for John McCain: What About Iraqi Liberals?

November 21, 2010

At last weekend’s Foreign Policy Initiative conference in Washington D.C.: I asked Senator John McCain a two-part question. First, I asked if he was concerned about corruption in Iraq’s government.

Second, I asked him if he was...

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John McCain on Sunday: We should Do More to Help the People of Iran

November 17, 2010

Senator John McCain forcefully criticized President Barack Obama’s governance at this year’s forum of the Foreign Policy Initiative, a Washington-based think tank.

McCain, appearing at Sunday’s forum, specifically...

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George W. Bush: “I’m Optimistic Democracy Will Prevail” and “I Harbor No Resentment Toward the Media”

November 12, 2010


Bill O’Reilly interviewed former President George W. Bush today to coincide with the release of “Decision Points,” Bush’s memoir of his years in office. Most interesting were Bush’s comments about Iraq and...

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Ex-Iraqi MP urges U.S. to Form Moderate Arab-Israeli Alliance

October 27, 2010

From The Jerusalem Post



Partnership based on economic interest could give US greater leverage against Iran, says Mithal al-Alusi, whose sons were murdered after he came to Israel in ’04.

Oil and water don’t usually mix. But one native son of the Middle East has...

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Alusi: Normal Muslims Say, “Why are You Leaving Us in the Hands of the Iranians?”

October 20, 2010


Interesting piece in today’s New York Post about how Sunni sheiks and others in Iraq and Afghanistan are switching sides for fear that the U.S. will abandon them as President Obama draws down troops.

This state of affairs echoes what...

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Frank Gaffney and Heather Robinson Discuss Attempted NYC Car Bomb and Baghdad Recount

May 5, 2010

Yesterday I appeared on Securefreedom radio, the Center for Security Policy’s radio show, discussing the attempted Times Square terror bombing and the Baghdad recount. Frank Gaffney, the show’s host, engaged me in some interesting back and...

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