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A Quote to Ponder

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“I think that, first of all, the United States should remember that we have spent the last 15 years trying to use military power, including military assistance, to try and organize the politics of this region. And we have failed miserably. We have got a failed state in Iraq. We have a failed state in […]

For Want of a Strongman

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Via MediaMatters:  Fox Host Requests Putin Be US President For 48 Hours To Deal With Islamic State. Kimberly Guilfoyle: "Can I just make a special request in the magic lamp? Can we get like Netanyahu, or like Putin in for 48 hours, you know, head of the United States?" (video at both links). Yes, this […]

Congress Must Vote Before We Expand The Attacks On ISIS

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As talk begins of expanding the war against ISIS into Syria, it is becoming long past time for Congress to exercise its Constitutional function.

GAO: Obama Broke The Law In Bergdahl Release Deal

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The General Accounting Office confirmed what seems clear to anyone who can read a statute.

Reporter James Foley Beheaded in ISIS Video

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American journalist James Foley has been beheaded by the terrorist network calling itself the Islamic State.

Despite Pressure, Malaki Unwilling To Step Aside In Iraq

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Iraq continues to appear to be headed toward a political crisis, notwithstanding the fact that everyone seems to be trying to pressure Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step aside: BAGHDAD — Iran’s supreme leader threw his weight behind Iraq’s newly appointed prime minister Wednesday, but incumbent Nouri al-Maliki denounced efforts to oust him as “a […]

Arming The “Good” Syrian Rebels Would Not Have Prevented The Rise Of ISIS

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Dispelling a rising myth,

NATO: “High Probability” Russia Will Invade Ukraine

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The rebels in eastern Ukraine continue to suffer setbacks, and Russia is massing troops on the border again.

Hillary Clinton Attacks Foreign Policy She Helped Create And Implement

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Does Hillary Clinton remember that she was Secretary of State for four years?

The Case Against American Action In Iraq

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Iraq’s problems cannot be fixed by the United States.

Obama’s Iraq Policy Is Open-Ended, Directionless, And Likely To Fail

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President Obama doesn’t seem to have any idea what he wants to do in Iraq.

U.S. Airstrikes Hit ISIS In Northern Iraq

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For the second time in just over ten years, the United States is involved in military action in Iraq.

Russia Extends Edward Snowden’s Asylum For Three More Years

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Edward Snowden will be allowed to stay in Russia for at least the next three years: MOSCOW — Edward J. Snowden, the American intelligence contractor who published a raft of secret documents and then fled to Russia, has been granted a three-year residence permit, his lawyer announced Thursday. Anatoly G. Kucherena, the lawyer, told a […]

Viet Xuan Luong Becomes First Vietnamese-American General

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Viet Xuan Luong pins on a brigadier general’s star today, becoming the first Vietnamese-American officer to achieve that rank.

GOP Congressman: DREAMers Cannot Be Trusted To Serve In The Military

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Once again, Republicans demonstrate why they have problems with Latino voters.

U.S. Army General Killed, 15 Others Wounded, In Insider Attack In Afghanistan

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An American Army General has apparently been killed in an insider attack by someone dressed in an Afghan military uniform who opened fire at a base in Kabul: KABUL, Afghanistan — A United States Army major general was killed on Tuesday by an Afghan soldier, shot at close range at a military training academy on […]

Bill Clinton On Eve Of 9/11: I Passed On Killing Bin Laden Because Civilians Would Have Died

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Some words from the past, apparently uttered mere hours before the world changed forever.

C.I.A. Admits Spying On Senate, Senate Finally Outraged About Surveillance

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The C.I.A. has admitted spying on Senate investigators.

Theodore Van Kirk, Last Surviving Member Of Enola Gay Crew, Dies At 93

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The last surviving member of the crew that piloted the Enola Gay on August 6, 1945 when it dropped the first atomic bomb used in war in history on Hiroshima, Japan, has died at the age of 93: Theodore (Dutch) Van Kirk, the navigator and last surviving crew member of the Enola Gay, the B-29 […]

US No Safer Than on 9/11 Says DIA Chief

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LTG Michael Flynn says the United States is no safer after 13 years of war

The Failures Of Obama’s Leadership

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Fairly or not, the President has created the impression that he is not a good leader, and there’s not much he can do about it at this point.

In Defense of Professional Military Education

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My latest for RealClearDefense: “Senator Walsh’s Unrepresentative Black Mark on Professional Military Education”

Military Enlistment Rates by State and Region

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The South and Southwest have a much higher military enlistment rate than the Northeast.

The Solar Storm That Nearly Destroyed Civilization As We Know It

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Just about two years ago, we dodged a bullet. We might not be so lucky next time.

The Commandant Didn’t Say What Everyone Says He Said

Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, addresses a crowd of U.S. Marines and Sailors at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan Dec. 23. Amos expressed his admiration to the service members for their accomplishments and dedication to supporting the ongoing counterisurgency mission, especially while deployed during the holiday season.

My latest for War on the Rocks: “Don’t Believe Everything You Read in the Papers.”

On Foreign Policy, Conservatives Should Leave Ronald Reagan Behind

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Relying on the policies of a man who was President in a very different time is not a substitute for a rational foreign policy.

F.A.A. Halts Flights From U.S. To Israel For 24 Hours

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The Federal Aviation Administration has halted all flights from the U.S. to Israel for 24 hours in response to a rocket attack near Ben Gurion Airport: Major American airlines stopped flying to Israel on Tuesday after a rocket fell near Ben-Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv, and after the Federal Aviation Administration told the carriers […]

Iran’s Nuclear Program And The Incentives Created By U.S. Policy

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George Will has come under criticism for pointing out what seems to be an undeniable fact.

Despite A Plethora Of World Crises, Americans Oppose Greater Foreign Intervention

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Crisis seems to be brewing all over the world, but the American people aren’t persuaded that it’s necessary for the United States to act.

A Partisan Divide Over Israel? Not Really.

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Recent polls notwithstanding, Republicans and Democrats remain largely in lockstep when it comes to U.S. policy toward Israel.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 And The Future Of The Conflict In Ukraine

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Yesterday’s events are likely to be a game changer, but how the game plays out depends largely on how Europe reacts.

U.S. Intelligence Sources Confirm Malaysia Airlines Flight Hit By Surface-To-Air Missile

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Someone took down a Boeing 777 over Ukraine today.

Malaysia Airlines 777 Crashes In Eastern Ukraine, May Have Been Shot Down

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Another incident involving a Malaysia Airlines 777, but this one could be far more serious.

TSA Agent Stops Reporter Because He Didn’t Know Washington D.C. Is Part Of The United States

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The Washington reporter for an Orlando television station was initially stopped from getting on a plane because he didn’t believe that the reporter’s Washington, D.C. Driver’s License was a valid form of identification: ORLANDO, Fla. — It’s something most students learn in elementary school — the United States is made up of 50 states and the […]

Rand Paul, Rick Perry Spar Over Foreign Policy

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Rick Perry and Rand Paul are highlighting what looks to be a coming battle inside the GOP over foreign policy.

Bowe Bergdahl To Return To Active Duty

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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has completely his treatment and is ready to return to active duty: WASHINGTON — Six weeks after being released from five years in Taliban captivity, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to return to life as a regular Army soldier as early as Monday, Defense Department officials said late Sunday. Sergeant Bergdahl has […]

Sending Europe Mixed Messages

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My latest for The National Interest, “Europe’s Free Ride on the American-Defense Gravy Train,” has posted.

All of America’s Secrets on Amazon Cloud

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The US intelligence community is gambling that it can be more efficient through a public-private partnership than going it alone.

Germany Asks Top U.S. Spy To Leave Country

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In the wake of the spying allegations I wrote about yesterday, the German government has asked the top U.S. spy in Berlin to leave the country: BERLIN — Germany took the dramatic step Thursday of asking the top U.S. intelligence official in Berlin to leave the country, following two reported cases of suspected U.S. spying […]

Snowden Seeks To Extend Asylum

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As expected, Edward Snowden has asked Russia to extend the asylum it granted one year ago: MOSCOW — Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency analyst who fled to Russia last year after releasing reams of sensitive American government documents, has applied to have his temporary asylum extended, his lawyer was quoted as telling Russian […]

Government Spied on American Muslims Who May or May Not Be Bad Guys

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The NSA and FBI are doing more spy stuff.

Yes, We Spy On Germany. Big Deal.

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There’s a new round of allegations about American spying on Germany.

Misplaced Vials Of Smallpox Found Abandoned In Storage Room

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The Federal Government  recently found vials containing the smallpox virus abandoned in an unsecured closet: Six vials of potentially deadly smallpox virus have been discovered in a place they shouldn’t have been — an unused corner of a storage room at a Food and Drug Administration laboratory in Maryland, federal health officials said Tuesday. It’s the […]

Israel Intensifies Attacks On Gaza, Hints At Ground Invasion

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Things look to be going from bad to worse in Gaza.

Law Enforcement or War? Both!

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My latest collaboration with Butch Bracknell, “Ahmed Abu Khattala and the Miranda-Rights Question,” has posted in The National Interest.

The Supreme Court’s Most Important Decision Wasn’t Hobby Lobby

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Hobby Lobby Is an important decision, but it’s one that the Supreme Court handed down a week earlier that will have the widest impact.

Americans Disapprove Of Obama’s Handling Of Iraq, And Of The Idea of Intervening In Iraq

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Americans disapprove of how the President is handling Iraq, but they don’t like what his critics are proposing either.

Nouri al-Maliki Defies Calls To Step Aside

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Notwithstanding pressure from forces inside his own country, as well as the United States and Iran, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki apparently has no plans to step aside: BAGHDAD — Despite sharp criticism from almost every political party in Iraq and pressure from friendly foreign powers to step down, Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki announced Friday […]

U.S. Grounds Every F-35 After Fire

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The United States has grounded all of its F-35 aircraft after one was destroyed in a fire: WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has grounded its fleet of F-35 fighter jets after an incident in which one of them caught fire as it was preparing to take off at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, the Pentagon […]

William J. Crawford: No Ordinary Janitor

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Reflections on a story making the rounds this Independence Day.

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