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Michael J. Totten

Michael J. Totten

Michael J. Totten is a contributing editor at World Affairs and City Journal and the author of seven books, including Tower of the Sun and Where the West Ends.

President Barack Obama, thank heaven, did not ask permission from anyone to take down Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. It would have been outrageous had...

So we finally got him. After a nearly decade-long manhunt, and while we’re still fighting the longest war in our history, Osama bin Laden is...

When Muammar Qaddafi began to re-conquer Libya it briefly appeared that only the moderate and nominally “pro-American” dictatorships in the Middle East were at risk,...

If something doesn’t change soon, Muammar Qaddafi will kill his way back into power over all Libya’s territory. His forces are retaking rebel positions. The...

I was almost certain we wouldn’t see much, if any, upheaval in Libya, and even wrote less than a week ago that only the very...

All this talk about whether democracy in Egypt will be a good thing or a bad thing just goes to show how misunderstood the word...

So Hezbollah did it. Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has been replaced with Najib Miqati, a man billed as a “compromise” leader who is time...

Lebanon’s Druze leader Walid Jumblatt now says he “supports” Hezbollah and the ghastly regime in Syria that murdered his father and his friend Rafik Hariri....

As Alana noted this morning, Jeffrey Feltman, the former U.S. ambassador to Lebanon, wrote a devastating letter to the New York Times, expressing his irritation...

I strongly dislike, on general principle, descriptions of any country on earth as “a nation of political imbeciles,” or anything similarly obnoxious and dismissive, but...

Andrew Exum (aka Abu Muqawama) at the Center for a New American Security isn’t exactly going out on a limb when he says Vice President...

Gideon Rachman at the Financial Times says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange deserves a medal rather than prison. “He and WikiLeaks have done America a massive...