As a long-time Senate Committee on Foreign Relations senior professional staff member for the Near East and South Asia, Danielle Pletka was the point person on Middle East, Pakistan, India and Afghanistan issues. As the senior vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at AEI, Pletka writes on national security matters with a focus on Iran and weapons proliferation, the Middle East, Syria, Israel and the Arab Spring. She also studies and writes about South Asia: Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.
Pletka is the co-editor of “Dissent and Reform in the Arab World: Empowering Democrats” (AEI Press, 2008) and the co-author of “Containing and Deterring a Nuclear Iran” (AEI Press, 2011) and “Iranian influence in the Levant, Egypt, Iraq, and Afghanistan” (AEI Press, 2012). Her most recent study, “America vs. Iran: The competition for the future of the Middle East,” was published in January 2014.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s railings against the threat of militant Islam, while possibly resonant with the American people, are unlikely to affect President Obama, who has ultimately proven uninterested in the Middle East, during their meeting today at the White House.
If someone had told the American people that more than a decade after the twin towers and the Pentagon were struck, our enemies would be prospering, and gaining ground, they would have deemed it intolerable. But that’s where we are now.