This article is a special preview of the September issue of COMMENTARY. You can subscribe here. In 2007, early in the improbable presidential candidacy of Barack Obama,...
Elliott Abrams is senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy national-security adviser in the administration of President George W. Bush. He is the author, most recently, of Tested by Zion, published earlier this year by Cambridge University Press.