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George W. Bush Gets CIA Award

George W Bush

President George W. Bush had a running battle with the CIA throughout his eight years in office. Now, they’ve given him an award.

The New Republican Orthodoxy On Israel

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More than ever before, even mild criticism of Israel seems to be verboten among Republicans.

Germanwings Plane Likely Crashed Deliberately by Co-Pilot

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In a twist fitting for an M Night Shyamalan movie, there is growing evidence that there was malfeasance by the co-pilot that resulted in a deliberate crash of Germanwings flight 9525.

Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Other Offenses As White House Narrative Collapses

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Bowe Bergdahl will face charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, and the White House’s narrative about this release lies in tatters.

Obama To Slow Withdrawal Of American Forces From Afghanistan

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America’s longest war continues.

Israel Spied On Geneva Iran Talks, Shared Information With Congress

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Yet another probable rift between the U.S. and Israel over Iran.

Rand Paul Tries To Explain Why He Signed The Cotton Letter To Iran, And Fails

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Rand Paul now says he signed the Cotton Letter to strengthen the Administration’s bargaining position.

Yes, Veterans Should Pay Taxes. And We Do!

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Alec MacGillis argues for Slate that “Veterans Should Pay Taxes Like Everyone Else.” I agree!

Dakota Meyer Engaged to Bristol Palin

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A headline I did not expect to see, courtesy the Army Times: “Dakota Meyer engaged to Bristol Palin.”

Tom Cotton and Mutiny

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The president is the commander-in-chief of the US armed forces. He’s not commander-in-chief of the United States.

Hillary Clinton Tries To Quell Controversy Over Email, But Only Creates More Question

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Hillary Clinton addressed the week-long email controversy, but her explanations only raised new questions.

Senate GOP’s Letter To Iran Likely To Achieve Exactly The Opposite Of What It Intends

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Senate Republicans have done more harm to the goal of stopping Iran from developing nuclear weapons than they have done good.

Don’t Know Much about Foreign Policy: The Senate 47

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Amateurish? Condescending? Yes. Treasonous? No.

Boko Haram Pledges Support To ISIS

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Boko Haram, the Islamist terror group that has been a problem in Nigeria for several years now, has apparently pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State: With thousands of fighters and some parts of northeastern Nigeria under its control, Boko Haram is believed to be the largest jihadi group to pledge fidelity to the Islamic […]

ISIL Destroys Nimrud

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The gang calling itself the Islamic State has destroyed another historical site.

Joint Iraqi-Iranian Operations in Tikrit

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Iraqi army and Iranian army in joint offensive to retake Tikrit.

David Petraeus Pleads Guilty To Sharing Classified Information

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The most widely honored General from the Iraq and Afghanistan War has plead guilty to sharing classified information with his mistress.

ISIS is What it Says it Is

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The Atlantic has a fascinating cover story by Graeme Wood titled “What ISIS Really Wants.”

ISIS Has Arrived In Libya, Just How Big A War Are We Looking At?

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ISIS apparently now has a foothold in Libya, and is making inroads in Yemen.

Denmark Terror Attacks and Machine-Gun Censorship

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Yet another attack on religious freedom in Europe.

Authorizations to Unlimited Military Force

FRANCE 24 | Screen grab of map showing areas controlled by the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq 14 October 2014

Daniel Larison is far less ambivalent about our war on ISIL than me.

Obama’s ISIL AUMF A Convenient (But Necessary) Excuse

Obama talks about a three-year limit on the authorization of the use of military force against the Islamic State in legislation he is sending to Congress, during his remarks from the White House in Washington

Explaining my ambivalence around the latest escalation in our intervention.

Crafting Defense Strategy from an Astrategic Security Strategy

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The last of my four pieces analyzing the revised National Security Strategy has posted at RealClearDefense.

IR TOs WH NSS

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Most in the international relations community are not amused by the president’s National Security Strategy.

Obama To Seek Authorization For A War That He Already Started

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President Obama will ask Congress to authorize a war he started six months ago.

Obama’s National Security Strategy Is Better Than His ‘National Security Strategy’

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My latest for War on The Rocks, “IS OBAMA REAL(IST) CONFUSED?”

The Domestic Side of National Security

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Another commentary on the National Security Strategy, this one at The Hill.

Obama’s National-Security Wish List

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The first installment of my analysis of the National Security Strategy.

Sending Arms To Ukraine Is A Foolish Idea

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Pressure is building on the Administration to send military aid to Ukraine, but it would be a very bad idea.

Why Congress is AWOL on National Security Policy

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Has the legislative branch abdicated its responsibility in US foreign policy?

Report: Bowe Bergdahl To Be Charged With Desertion, Unlikely To Serve Time In Prison

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Reports indicate that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is likely to be charged with desertion for leaving his post in 2009, but he’s unlikely to serve time in prison.

Small Drone Crashes On White House Lawn

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A device that has since been identified as a “small drone” was found early this morning on the White House lawn: A small drone was found on the White House grounds early Monday, news reports said, but officials said it was recovered and posed no ongoing threat. White House press secretary Josh Earnest, speaking to […]

ISIS Gaining Ground . . . But We’ve Stopped Their Momentum!

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ISIS owns more territory than it did when the US bombing campaign began.

John Kerry Outsources American Foreign Policy To James Taylor

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With some still criticizing the Administration for not sending a higher-ranking officials to Sunday’s unity rally in Paris, Secretary of State John Kerry decided it might be a good idea to stop by Paris on the way home from India. And, to show our French friends that America stands beside them in the fight against […]

Why The GOP Is Likely To Cave In The Fight Against Obama’s Immigration Law Changes

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Even with a House and Senate majority, the GOP is unlikely to get what it wants in its current immigration battle with the President.

Next Charlie Hebdo Cover Has Muhammad Saying ‘Je suis Charlie’

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Their editor and nine colleagues dead, their offices destroyed, the newspaper is not missing a beat.

Obama’s Absence From Paris Rally: Egregious Diplomatic Error, Or Much Ado About Nothing?

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Some are criticizing the President for not going to Paris for yesterday’s rally.

German Newspaper Firebombed After Republishing Charlie Hebdo Images

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The terrorism wave that began with the massacre at the Charlie Hebdo offices has not ended with the killing of the perpetrators. A follow-on attack has occurred in Germany and there are reports of “sleeper cells” being activated in France.

Petraeus Committed Felonies, FBI Finds

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David Petraeus provided highly classified secrets to his mistress. Will he be charged?

Charlie Hebdo Suspects Dead After Dual Standoffs

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The men responsible for the Charlie Hebdo massacre are dead, but the problems for France, and the rest of Europe, may just be at the beginning.

Will The Paris Terror Attack Undercut Republican Efforts On DHS Budget?

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The terror attack in Paris seems likely to undercut GOP efforts to use the DHS budget to attack the President’s immigration policies.

Terror Attack Kills 11 at French Satirical Newspaper Charlie Hebdo

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At least 11 are dead and 10 wounded in an attack on free expression.

You Can Now Watch The Interview Online Too

Sony Pictures Cancels Releaase Of "The Interview" After Hacker Threats

In addition to the limited theatrical release announced yesterday, Sony is now making The Interview available online through a number of digital distributors for less than you’d pay at the movie theater: LOS ANGELES — Three digital distributors joined an expanding effort to save “The Interview,” as Sony Pictures Entertainment disclosed the first deals to show the […]

Sony To Allow Limited Screenings of The Interview

Sony Pictures Cancels Releaase Of "The Interview" After Hacker Threats

Reversing a previous decision, Sony will allow The Interview to be screened in a small number of theaters.

Army Investigation Of Bowe Berghdahl Referred To Top General

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The Army’s investigation of the disappearance five years ago of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been referred to a top General, who will decide if a court martial should be convened.

North Korean Internet Connections Collapse

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What does exist of North Korea’s connection to the Internet has largely collapsed in what may be an attack from outside sources: SAN FRANCISCO — North Korea’s already tenuous links to the Internet went completely dark on Monday after days of instability, in what Internet monitors described as one of the worst North Korean network […]

US Ground Troops Fighting ISIL

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The ground troops that United States has not sent into Iraq to fight ISIL are reportedly in Iraq fighting ISIL.

In Responding To North Korea’s Cyber Attacks, The U.S. Has Limited Options

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There’s not a whole lot the United States can do to respond effectively and proportionally to North Korea’s hacking attack against Sony.

Obama: Sony Attack ‘Vandalism’ Not War

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President Obama believes the North Korean attack on Sony was “an act of cyber vandalism” rather than “an act of war.”

Obama Faults Sony For Pulling ‘The Interview’ From Theaters, Vows Response To North Korea

Obama Makes Statement On U.S.-Cuba Policy

President Obama criticized Sony for backing down, and said that the U.S. would respond to North Korea’s cyber attack “at a place and time we choose,”

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