Here are the Blogs in the Louis Rene Beres
Saturday, 11 June 2016
by Louis René Beres
Taken by itself, the election of the next American president, Democrat or Republican, will have little or no discernible impact on Middle Eastern chaos. To make any meaningful difference to this still-expanding problem, American decision-makers would first need to look behind ...Read More...
Posted on 06/11/2016 8:47 AM by Louis Rene Beres
Monday, 9 May 2016
“Do you know what it means to find yourselves face to face with a madman?” inquires Luigi Pirandello’s, Henry IV. “Madmen, luck folk, construct without logic, or rather with a logic that flies like a feather.”
In the absurd theatre of modern world politics, decisions based on logic can quickly crumble ...Read More...
Posted on 05/09/2016 6:41 AM by Louis Rene Beres
Thursday, 14 April 2016
"Our enemy is the unphilosophical spirit which knows nothing, and wants to know nothing, of truth." (Karl Jaspers, Reason and Anti-Reason in our Time (1952))
At some point, even our flagrantly unphilosophical American presidential contest will need to include some tangible substance. Then, among ...Read More...
Posted on 04/14/2016 7:03 AM by Louis Rene Beres
Friday, 8 April 2016
At his recent Washington summit on nuclear security, President Barack Obama correctly identified the looming threat of nuclear terrorism. Nonetheless, the president continues to believe that he can simultaneously oppose Islamic radicalism and support Palestinian statehood. Such an ironic belief, ...Read More...
Posted on 04/08/2016 12:40 PM by Louis Rene Beres
Thursday, 17 December 2015
To be sure, although the Soviet Union is long gone, a new Cold War is steadily emerging between the United States and Russia. For Israel, a beleaguered mini-state now seeking to survive amid unprecedented regional chaos, this return of superpower rivalry could signal either a substantial crisis of instability, ...Read More...
Posted on 12/17/2015 5:41 AM by Louis René Beres
Thursday, 5 November 2015
Once upon a time, Ralph Waldo Emerson called sensibly upon Americans to embrace "plain living and high thinking." Conspicuously, this earlier call for an enhanced personal and social equilibrium has been cast aside. Today, there is no longer any pretense of a serious intellectual life in these United ...Read More...
Posted on 11/05/2015 3:57 AM by Louis René Beres
Friday, 23 October 2015
Even as growing numbers of Palestinian terrorists stab madly at Israeli men, women, and children, much of the world still endorses creation of "Palestine." Such mindless support continues, moreover, despite the fact that the Palestinians themselves reject any sort of two-state solution. Indeed, the ...Read More...
Posted on 10/23/2015 2:10 PM by Louis René Beres
Wednesday, 21 October 2015
A core principle of all civilized legal systems - one reaffirmed very explicitly at Nuremberg, during the major post-war trial of Nazi war criminals - is Nullum crimen sine poena, or, "No crime without a punishment." Today, oddly enough, as growing numbers of Palestinian terrorists search eagerly for ...Read More...
Posted on 10/21/2015 7:25 AM by Louis René Beres
Saturday, 17 October 2015
Even as growing numbers of Palestinian terrorists stab lasciviously at defenseless Israeli civilians, the world still obligingly urges creation of a Palestinian state. These unfathomable urgings, based entirely on the conspicuously false narrative of an Israeli "occupation," also elicit unreasonable ...Read More...
Posted on 10/17/2015 5:35 AM by Louis René Beres
Sunday, 11 October 2015
How will Russia respond to any ramped up American uses of force in the Middle East, and, more plausibly, vice-versa? One must assume that Jerusalem is already asking these key questions, and even wondering whether, in part, greater mutualities of interest could sometime exist with Moscow than with ...Read More...
Posted on 10/11/2015 3:45 PM by Louis René Beres
Sunday, 11 October 2015
To fashion a functional nuclear strategy would be difficult for any state in world politics, but it could be especially challenging for one that keeps its bomb more-or-less securely "in the basement." Now, as the Middle East descends into an ever more palpable chaos, Israel will have to make certain ...Read More...
Posted on 10/11/2015 8:06 AM by Louis René Beres
Saturday, 3 October 2015
by Louis René Beres (October 2015)
In world politics, preserving order has an understandably sacramental function. The reason is plain. Without minimum public order, planetary relations would descend rapidly and perhaps irremediably into a “profane” disharmony.
It has happened before, since ...Read More...
Posted on 10/03/2015 8:27 AM by Louis René Beres
Wednesday, 16 September 2015
Posted on 09/16/2015 11:39 AM by Louis René Beres
Monday, 14 September 2015
It has been a long and sad evolution. Once upon a time, especially in the earliest days of our republic, presidents were at least presumptively learned. Arguably, Thomas Jefferson, who had based his Declaration of Independence on a genuinely intimate familiarity with Locke, Vattel, Hobbes, Grotius, ...Read More...
Posted on 09/14/2015 2:42 PM by Louis René Beres
Thursday, 10 September 2015
There exist major jurisprudential flaws in the new Iran nuclear agreement, still-hidden legal shortcomings that President Obama and Secretary John Kerry have yet to acknowledge. The associated risks have most to do with permitting Iran to enrich uranium after 15 years. Indeed, this stunningly ironic ...Read More...
Posted on 09/10/2015 2:26 PM by Louis René Beres
Tuesday, 8 September 2015
In core matters of war and peace, timing is everything. For Israel, now cheerlessly confirmed in its long-held view that U.S.-led diplomacy with Iran was misconceived, future strategic options should be determined with great care. In essence, this means that the beleaguered mini-state’s nuclear policies, ...Read More...
Posted on 09/08/2015 7:22 AM by Louis René Beres
Thursday, 3 September 2015
The new Iran agreement has already been widely criticized on military or strategic grounds. For the most part, these critiques have been right on the mark. After all, there is little doubt that the proposed pact — allegedly designed to prevent Iranian nuclearization — would effectively render Iranian ...Read More...
Posted on 09/03/2015 11:58 AM by Louis René Beres
Tuesday, 14 July 2015
by Louis René Beres with Leon (Bud) Edney
To be sure, following careful assessments of the new Iran agreement, Israel's prime minister will need to make an 11th-hour decision on preemption. In principle, at least, considering any such defensive first strike against Iranian nuclear assets and infrastructures ...Read More...
Posted on 07/14/2015 12:56 PM by Louis René Beres
Thursday, 9 July 2015
"The safety of the People Shall be the highest law." (Cicero, De Legibus)
There is little point to any further discussions about preventing a nuclear Iran by diplomacy. Such a narrowly jurisprudential approach was destined to fail from the start. All that has really happened, in the inherently ...Read More...
Posted on 07/09/2015 9:44 AM by Louis René Beres
Tuesday, 16 June 2015
Now, facing an effectively unobstructed nuclear threat from Iran, Israel will need to choose prudently from among available strategic options. The most starkly polar of these choices would be (1) a "last minute" preemption using only conventional forces, or (2) a protracted and presumptively stable ...Read More...
Posted on 06/16/2015 8:30 AM by Louis René Beres
Wednesday, 10 June 2015
To best serve Israel, the country’s strategic studies community should favor more conceptual or “molecular” assessments of expected security perils. Going forward therefore, it will not suffice for this community to operate in ways that are roughly comparable to the purely reportorial activities of ...Read More...
Posted on 06/10/2015 6:59 AM by Louis René Beres
Sunday, 12 April 2015
The mere pretense of Iranian compliance with newly codified nuclear curtailment norms will place corollary pressures upon Israel to join the NPT, or a regional nuclear weapons free zone.
Somehow, although it has yet to be mentioned, there is a plainly foreseeable connection between the just-completed ...Read More...
Posted on 04/12/2015 3:01 PM by Louis René Beres
Monday, 16 February 2015
The current controversy concerning Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming speech to the US Congress is immaterial to anything of real importance. What should really matter most to both countries, is whether or not Israeli security can ever coexist meaningfully with a new Arab state of "Palestine." ...Read More...
Posted on 02/16/2015 10:29 AM by Louis René Beres
Monday, 12 January 2015
Defensive warfare does not consist of waiting idly for things to happen. We must wait only if it brings us visible and decisive advantages. That calm before the storm, when the aggressor is gathering new forces for a great blow, is most dangerous for the defender.” –Carl von Clausewitz, Principles of ...Read More...
Posted on 01/12/2015 1:29 PM by Louis René Beres