Joel B. Pollak

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large and in-house counsel at Breitbart News. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he also has a degree in Jewish Studies from the University of Cape Town. He ran for Congress in 2010 in his hometown of Skokie, IL and worked as a Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute, as well as speechwriter to the Leader of the Opposition in the South African Parliament. He enjoys improv comedy, rock 'n' roll, and the literature of liberal apostates and iconoclasts. His wife Julia is a Ph.D. Fellow at the Pardee Rand Graduate School and his daughter Maya is unbelievably cute.


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Poroshenko Tells Congress: 'Just Like Israel, Ukraine Has the Right to Defend Her Territory'

Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko gave a stirring address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress Thursday, pleading for "military equipment--both non-lethal and lethal" in his country's ongoing struggle to resist Russian invasion. He received a warm welcome from both houses and both parties--though his presence was surely a rebuke to the White House, which stood by as Russia annexed the Crimea and invaded eastern Ukraine. Sep 18, 2014 12:15 PM PT

Obama's Kipling-esque Mission in Liberia

Nothing better encapsulates President Barack Obama’s foreign policy than the glaring contrast Tuesday between his adamant refusal to send ground troops to confront the threat of the Islamic State terror group, on the one hand, and his sudden announcement that he would be sending 3,000 troops to Liberia to help that country contain its deadly Ebola outbreak, on the other. Sep 17, 2014 5:27 AM PT

Scott Brown Also Ran on National Security in 2010

It is too easy to forget that the other issue Brown campaigned on in that election was opposition to the Obama administration’s attempts to try 9/11 mastermind Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, among other terrorists, in a federal court in New York City rather than a military tribunal in Guantanamo Bay. Sep 15, 2014 7:15 AM PT

Advice: Keep the Clintons on Offense

Hillary Clinton is back in the spotlight she never left, turning up with her husband Bill in Iowa over the weekend, fueling talk about her inevitable second attempt at the presidency. Yet her presentation seemed tone-deaf at times—even referencing the movie Poltergeist—and the moment, with Obama’s foreign policy falling apart, does not flatter her recent political record. Sep 15, 2014 7:07 AM PT

Caution: Life in Santa Monica May Be Less than Perfect

SANTA MONICA, California -- The Associated Press reports that the city of Santa Monica, California beat 300 other towns in competing for $1 million in funding from the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge to study "just how much people in this picture-postcard town really like living here." It might seem odd that the question might even need to be asked in this beachside town, with spectacular scenery and excellent services. Sep 14, 2014 1:31 PM PT

Dershowitz on 'Terror Tunnels': 'My Weapon Is the Truth'

Professor Alan Dershowitz has released a new e-book, Terror Tunnels: The Case for Israel's Just War Against Hamas, that provides an essential primer on the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Dershowitz argues--clearly and conclusively--that Israel's war effort was not only fully justified in terms of international law, but that it was also carried out in accordance with the highest regard for the human rights of Palestinians. Sep 14, 2014 12:15 PM PT

Assyrian Christians Support Cruz After Walkout

Assyrian Christians are standing with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) after he was booed for his support of Israel by some Middle East Christians gathered in Washington, D.C. Wednesday at an event hosted by an organization called "In Defense Of Christians." Yet not all of the Christians present disagreed with Cruz--and some have begun speaking out in favor of Cruz's view that defending Israel and defending Christians in the Middle East go hand-in-hand. Sep 11, 2014 10:26 AM PT

Barack Obama, September 11th, 2001: 'A Failure of Empathy'

"We must also engage, however, in the more difficult task of understanding the sources of such madness. The essence of this tragedy, it seems to me, derives from a fundamental absence of empathy on the part the attackers: an inability to imagine, or connect with, the humanity and suffering of others." Sep 11, 2014 6:50 AM PT

Turkey Backs Away from Obama, Will Not Help Fight ISIS

Turkey will not support President Barack Obama's call for a military response to ISIS, according to an official source quoted by Agence France-Presse on Thursday. It will not allow the U.S. to use air bases in Turkey for missions against the Islamist terror group, and will focus instead on humanitarian missions. The message comes as Obama pledged to build an international coalition against ISIS in a national address on Wednesday. Sep 11, 2014 6:39 AM PT

ISIS: King Blasts Republican Ambivalence on Congressional Power

Sen. Angus King (I-ME), who caucuses with the Democratic Party, pointed out Wednesday that while the GOP has plenty to criticize in President Barack Obama's foreign policy, its own foreign policy is muddled. Worse, he noted, the Republican Party seems to be in two minds about the constitutional powers of Congress, suing the president over his changes to Obamacare but urging him to go to war against ISIS without a congressional vote. Sep 11, 2014 6:26 AM PT

Obama Puts the 'I' in 'ISIL'

Looking back on Wednesday night's presidential address to the nation, some analysts have wondered what, exactly, President Barack Obama intended to say. There was no real news in the speech, after all. The main point was to convey a four-part strategy for defeating the radical Islamist terror organization known as the Islamic State or ISIS (or "ISIL," the president's preferred acronym). Even those four parts seemed rather vague. Sep 10, 2014 8:30 PM PT

'No Boots on the Ground,' Like 'You Can Keep Your Doctor'

In this hyperpartisan age, there is one point of agreement between Republicans and Democrats on foreign policy--that is, in addition to the newfound conviction that Congress need not exercise its constitutional authority over war: namely, that there shall be no "boots on the ground in Iraq." It is a view requiring immediate clarification: there may be more U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq, but no combat troops will be sent. Sep 10, 2014 5:31 PM PT

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