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A 'three-state solution' for Middle East peace
By John Bolton April 17, 2014 @ 10:10amClick here to read more
The collapse of President Obama's efforts to force a "negotiated" settlement between Israel and the Palestinians should prompt a thorough rethinking of his administration's entire Middle East strategy.
The chances of the initiative, which is predicated far more on ideology and illusion than on the region's hard realities, were always essentially negligible. While Mr. Obama's impending failure will cost us dearly because it fosters the perception of American impotence and incompetence, there are important lessons to be learned.
US, EU Threaten Russia with More Sanctions Over Ukraine
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF April 17, 2014 @ 8:51amClick here to read more
European countries and the United States are threatening Russia with more sanctions unless it takes steps at the Geneva meeting to show it will de-escalate the conflict in Ukraine, although officials say they expect no breakthrough.
So far, diplomacy has failed to keep up with events on the ground, with Russia's partisans seizing control of territory before Western countries can formulate a response.
Putin Reserves Right to Use Force in Ukraine
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF April 17, 2014 @ 8:46amClick here to read more
Russian President Vladimir Putin said he has "a right" to send troops into Ukraine but hopes he will "not have to exercise that right."
Speaking live on Russian TV call-in show after a clash in eastern Ukraine in which three pro-Russian protesters were reported killed, Putin warned the Ukrainian authorities of "the abyss they're heading into" and urged dialogue.
NY Times: US Deportation of Illegal Immigrants Declines
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF April 17, 2014 @ 8:38amClick here to read more
The New York Times reports the number of court ordered deportations of illegal immigrants in the United States has fallen nearly in half since 2009.
Figures released Wednesday by the Justice Department, which oversees the federal government's immigration court system, show the Obama administration opened 26 percent fewer deportation cases in the courts last year than in 2009.
Saudi Intelligence Chief Replaced
By American Security Council Foundation ASCF April 17, 2014 @ 8:30amClick here to read more
Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, has stepped down from his post. His resignation came at "his own request," according to Saudi state media. The 65 year old prince is being replaced by his deputy, General Youssef al Idrissi.
Bandar had been spearheading Saudi efforts to unseat Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the bitter and bloody Syrian civil war, supporting various Sunni rebel factions. The Saudi prince had faced criticism for reportedly working with al-Qaida as part of those efforts.