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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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

Die Antwoord: Afrikaans Has Never Been This Cool Before (Review)

NEW YORK, New York - The South African hip-hop shock rave duo known as Die Antwoord ("The Answer," pronounced DEE AHNT-vuhr'd) has kicked off its U.S. tour, and played to a packed, sold-out Terminal 5 on Tuesday evening in Manhattan. The performance, a burst of profane energy from start to finish, brought to life the group's zany YouTube videos and--more remarkably--had an American crowd singing along in Afrikaans. Sep 10, 2014 7:18 AM PT

Obama's ISIS Speech Can Only Harm U.S. Interests

As President Barack Obama prepares to address the nation Wednesday evening about his strategy for defeating ISIS--a strategy he recently said did not exist--it is worth noting that the president's foreign policy speeches are rarely helpful, and often harmful, to U.S. interests and foreign policy goals. Focused on politics rather than on policy, Obama is more articulate about the limits of U.S. power than the goals for which he intends to use it.  Sep 10, 2014 6:38 AM PT

Jeffrey Goldberg Shills for Obama's Foreign Policy--Again

Ahead of President Barack Obama's prime time do-over about ISIS, Jeffrey Goldberg has laid down some cover fire, insisting that Obama has a long list of achievements in the Middle East for which he gets no credit. En route to this "Rodney Dangerfield" defense, Goldberg actually claims that Obama is responsible for removing Syria's chemical weapons, and that he is "the greatest terrorist hunter in the history of the presidency." Sep 10, 2014 5:45 AM PT

Jeffrey Goldberg Shills for Obama's Foreign Policy--Again

Ahead of President Barack Obama's prime time do-over about ISIS, Jeffrey Goldberg has laid down some cover fire, insisting that Obama has a long list of achievements in the Middle East for which he gets no credit. En route to this "Rodney Dangerfield" defense, Goldberg actually claims that Obama is responsible for removing Syria's chemical weapons, and that he is "the greatest terrorist hunter in the history of the presidency." Sep 10, 2014 5:21 AM PT

New Yorker's Remnick Offers Weak Defense of Obama's Foreign Policy

David Remnick of the New Yorker has offered a weak, though amusing, defense of President Barack Obama's foreign policy. The liberal Remnick warns readers not to "to dismiss caution as weakness," not to think Obama's slow reactions to Vladimir Putin or the Islamic State are signs of incompetence. Rather, he says, Obama symbolizes "strategic calculation" that may yield a nuclear deal with Iran and an "uneasy truce" with Russia. Sep 7, 2014 6:55 AM PT

How Breitbart News Stopped the President's Amnesty Power Grab

In an interview with Chuck Todd of NBC News' Meet the Press, President Barack Obama blamed the crisis of unaccompanied minor children at the border for prompting his decision to break his promise to use executive action to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants by the summer's end. “The truth of the matter is that the politics did shift midsummer because of that problem,” Obama said, in an interview to air Sunday. Sep 7, 2014 4:43 AM PT

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