Jim Lobe, Washington Bureau Chief for Inter Press Service, discusses Obama’s current timidity in addressing the Palestinian problem despite his initial assertiveness, how Hillary Clinton’s lack of diplomatic skill has weakened Obama’s leverage with Israel, increased Palestinian and US interest in a “one state” solution and why ordinary Israelis won’t support a peace process unless the US is firmly committed to it.
Jim Lobe, Washington Bureau Chief for Inter Press Service, discusses Obama’s declaration that the Honduran military coup is illegal, Manuel Zelaya’s closer resemblance to an elitist than a Chavez-style leftist and how the U.S. would hate to lose a base in Honduras, but very likely did not provoke the coup.
Jim Lobe, Washington Bureau Chief for Inter Press Service, discusses Hillary Clinton’s emphatic rejection of any kind of Israeli settlement growth, the Obama administration’s (first in a generation) hard-line on Israel, the low probability of a Palestine/Israel 2-state solution even with a settlement freeze and allegations that Netanyahu sees Iran as Amalek – eternal biblical persecutor of Jews.
Jim Lobe, Washington Bureau Chief for Inter Press Service, discusses the new Robert Kagan/William Kristol think-tank Foreign Policy Initiative, how a relatively small number of neocons use their positions in media as an echo chamber to increase their influence and his view of the ideological similarity between isolationists and neoconservatives.
Jim Lobe, Washington Bureau Chief for Inter Press Service, discusses the balance of power between different foreign policy factions, the work record of Dennis Ross from Oslo Accord negotiator to WINEP associate, the centrality of uranium refining in U.S./Iran relations, the resurgence of the Arab League and the National Intelligence Council appointment saga of Chas Freeman.
IPS’s Jim Lobe discusses the role of the Israel Lobby in American politics, why groups like AIPAC lean so far right compared to most American Jews, AIPAC’s immense influence, how the Christian-right’s support of Israel is simply an “instrumentalist” means to an apocalyptic end and the Lobby’s role in U.S. Iran policy.
Jim Lobe, Washington correspondent for IPS News, discusses the neoconservative movement, their origins on the Trotskyite Left, their alliances with Scoop Jackson, the Christian Right, Rightwing nationalists and the Military Industrial Complex against the old eastern establishment, their lust for power and militaristic world view, their role in the war against Iraq and the realist resurgence.
Jim Lobe, Washington correspondent for InterPress Service, discusses the situations in DC and in Iraq and how things seem to be playing out: The “surge,” Baker-Hamilton, al Qaeda, Sunni Arabs, Sadr, the Iran factions, the Kurds and the Turks, and the neocons big meeting in the Bahamas and their hopes for sabotaging Rice’s diplomatic efforts.