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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - James Jay Carafano
The agreement on Iran's nuclear program provides President Obama with a rare potential achievement in a blunder-filled second term, but the move is also raising tensions with Israel, America's most important ally in the Middle East.
President Obama's foreign policy strategy of "soft power" and reliance on international organizations is suffering setbacks around the globe this year, including from Egypt, Syria, Russia and China.
Sens. Marco Rubio and Rand Paul — in what could be a preview of a 2016 Republican presidential primary showdown — are staking out markedly different positions on U.S. intervention in the world, and particularly on American policy toward the Middle East
Drawing a contrast between himself and Capitol Hill Republicans whom he tied to a longtime "war caucus," Sen. Rand Paul called Wednesday for a "saner, more balanced" approach to foreign policy that strikes a balance between neoconservative and isolationist thinking.
With the American public growing more pessimistic about Afghanistan, war proponents are renewing their case in the face of new estimates that say no more than 100 al Qaeda operatives remain in the country.
The inappropriate comments by Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal and his staff about civilian leaders reflected a widespread frustration with White House infighting over the general's one-year-old war plan.
James Jay Carafano, a national security specialist at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said the Iran deal "accomplishes nothing" and is part of a troubling pattern with the Obama administration's approach to the Middle East.
"This administration was desperate for something to make it look like they're accomplishing things," Mr. Carafano said. "They've been consistent on that from Iraq to Afghanistan to Libya and Syria. It doesn't actually matter if you make things better, it just matters that you create the appearance that you're making things better temporarily."