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J. E. Dyer

J. E. Dyer

Jennifer E. Dyer retired from a career in Naval intelligence in 2004. She lives in Southern California and blogs at theoptimisticconservative.wordpress.com.

Freezing weapons shipments to Lebanon, which the Wall Street Journal disclosed yesterday, is the right thing for the Obama administration to do. As with so...

Viktor Kotsev, in Asia Times Online, has an excellent article on the economic factors in the Syrian unrest. Besides being hit hard by rising food...

Someone else always wants the mantle of leadership disavowed by the self-effacing great power. In the case of the intervention in Libya, the NATO ally...

There’s been a revolving door swishing in Moscow this week as Middle Eastern delegations show up to consult with Russia’s leaders. Mahmoud Abbas, Binyamin Netanyahu,...

Bryan Preston at the Pajamas Tatler has a good catch from an interview Obama did while he was in El Salvador. Addressing the international character...

Peter Wehner’s post on this posits, in effect, a form of moral reasoning for Obama’s odd public profile since the coalition attacks in Libya began...

The “Responsibility to Protect” principle, or R2P, hit the blogosphere this weekend after it was incorporated in the UN justification for the resolution against Libya....

Yemeni domestic politics are such a Mulligan stew that it’s hard to identify “sides” or predict outcomes. Iran provides support to at least one ethnic...

Listening to the president’s statement on U.S. interest in the no-fly zone over Libya, I am principally struck by how well Abe’s assessment (and mine)...

It will be a great learning opportunity to observe what happens in the next few days. This week marks the first time a no-fly zone...

Americans need less of a reminder today than we did a year ago that the world waiting beyond U.S. power and international consensus is not...

I endorse Jonathan Tobin’s points on the need to prevent arms smuggling into Gaza, and would like to add another one. Americans, situated on the...