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House Intelligence Committee Benghazi Report Debunks Benghazi Conspiracy Theories

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The House Intelligence Committee has concluded that the conspiracy theories regarding the 9/11/2012 attack in Benghazi are not supported by the evidence. That’s unlikely to change anyone’s mind, though.

Quietly, Obama Decides American Forces Will Continue To Engage In Combat In Afghanistan After 2014

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You thought the American combat role in Afghanistan would end on December 31st? Think again.

Should The U.S. Reconsider Its Policy Of Not Paying Ransom For Hostages?

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The idea that the U.S. does not negotiate with terrorists is simply not historically accurate, so should we be reconsidering the policy of not negotiating with ISIS for the release of Western hostages?

CIA Director Proposes Radical Reorganization

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The CIA has always separated its core spying and analysis functions; that may soon change.

ISIS’s New Beheading Video; Casus Belli, Or A Trap?

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The latest ISIS video is horrible and barbaric but we should not take the bait they are offering before considering the consequences of our actions going forward.

Many Potential Allies In The Fight Against ISIS Have Already Been Lost

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As many observers have pointed out, one of the keys to defeating ISIS on the ground, especially in Iraq, involves enlisting the support of Sunni tribes that have been alienated by the Iraqi Government. Toward that end, the United States and other powers spent the better part of the summer working on convincing Iraqi political […]

Unless Congress Steps In To Authorize It, The President’s War Against ISIS Is Illegal

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As things stand right now, there is no legitimate legal authorization for the President’s war against ISIS, and that’s largely because Congress has failed to act.

Secret Service Review Of Fence Jumping Incident Finds Multiple Failures

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There’s not much good news in the initial review of September’s fence jumping incident at the White House.

‘Fortunate Son’ At The Concert For Valor. Not ‘Anti-Military,’ But Completely Appropriate

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Some people didn’t like the song selection at last night’s Washington, D.C. concert for Veterans Day.

Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 50 At Nigerian School

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A suicide bomber has killed at least 50 at a Nigerian school: A suicide bomber dressed as a student infiltrated the morning assembly at a high school in northern Nigeria on Monday and detonated explosives in a backpack, killing almost 50 students and teachers, according to news reports. Although there was no immediate claim of […]

Two Americans Released By North Korea After High Profile Visit

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Good news for two released Americans, but no clue what’s motivating North Korea’s latest actions.

Obama Authorizes 1,500 More U.S. Troops For ISIS Fight

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Mission creep.

Most PATRIOT Act ‘Sneak And Peek’ Warrants Used In War On Drugs, Not War On Terror

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Not surprisingly, a law passed in the wake of the September 11th attacks has been used mostly for things that have nothing to do with terrorism.

Supreme Court To Decide If Congress Can Dictate Where Jerusalem Is

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The Supreme Court will decide if Congress can override American foreign policy when it comes to declaring who has dominion over Jerusalem.

Military No Longer Republican Bastion

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Always as many military personnel identify as Independents as with the GOP.

Should SEALs Just STFU?

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The Navy Special Warfare community is angry at SEALs exploiting their part in the bin Laden raid.

Armed Man On Elevator With President Did Not Have Criminal Record As Initially Reported

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Just over a month ago, when the Secret Service was in the middle of the scandal that led to the departure of the agency’s director, it was reported that an armed man with a criminal record had been on an elevator with President Obama. As it turns out, the story is a bit more complicated […]

Rand Paul’s Foreign Policy Ideas Present An Opportunity For the GOP

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul continues to challenge Republican orthodoxy on foreign policy, and that’s a good thing.

Pat Roberts Engages In Gitmo Fearmongering To Win Re-Election

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Facing a tough re-election battle, Kansas Senator Pat Roberts is engaging in abject fearrmongering.

U.S. Troops Returning From Liberia To Be Quarantined At U.S. Base In Italy

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The Pentagon has announced that U.S. troops returning from west Africa will be isolated for twenty-one days to monitor them for signs of Ebola: U.S. soldiers returning from Liberia are being placed in isolation in Vicenza, Italy out of concern for the Ebola virus, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports. The soldiers being […]

Another White House Fence Jumper

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Mere hours after a gunman fired shots outside and inside Canada’s Parliament, another man jumped the fence at the White House, although this time the Secret Service didn’t hesitate to apprehend him: A man jumped the White House fence Wednesday night and was taken into custody after being bitten by a guard dog, officials said, […]

The Attack On Canada’s Parliament And The Lone Wolf Terrorist

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Yesterday’s apparent terrorist shooting in Ottawa reveals again a phenomenon that seems difficult if not impossible to stop in advance.

Nigerian Government Hopeful That Kidnapped Schoolgirls Will Be Freed Next Week

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The Nigerian Government says it is hopeful that the schoolgirls who were kidnapped earlier this year by Boko Haram will be free early next week: Campaigners calling for the release of over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls have said they are “cautiously optimistic” about a reported ceasefire between the government and al-Qaeda-linked militants that would include the […]

F.B.I. Director Hints At Regulatory Action Against Apple, Google Over Encyrption

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Law enforcement remains unhappy about the recent changes that will make it harder to break into a locked smartphone.

Joe Biden’s Son Kicked Out of Navy Reserve For Cocaine Use

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Poor Joe Biden can’t stay out of the news. This time, it’s not one of his gaffes but one by his youngest son.

Report: Islamic State Training Pilots On Captured Syrian Jets

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Reuters is reporting that groups monitoring the war in Syria are saying that former members of the Iraqi military who have defected to the Islamic State are training pilots using jets captured from the Syrian military: (Reuters) – Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly […]

Another War, Another Pentagon Cover-Up

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A new report from the New York Times confirms the adage that, in war, the first casualty is the truth.

Turkish Forces Bomb Kurdish Positions

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The Turks have entered the conflict in Syria. Unfortunately for the United States, it’s not on the side we would prefer.

The Magnitude of the Air War Against ISIS

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The U.S. Air Campaign Against ISIS Is Much Bigger Than You Think

Speaking of Unnecessary Fearmongering

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ISIS at the Gates Edition.

Turkey Refusing to Fight ISIS Right on Its Border

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A massacre is about to unfold “a stone’s throw” from Turkey’s border.

Germany Promises Expanded Military Role But Its Military Isn’t Ready

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Germany’s new defense minister has promised a more robust role but lacks the ability to back her words with action.

US Marine First Casualty in Fight Against ISIS

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Corporal Jordan Spears died in a V-22 accident in operations against the Islamic State.

When Should Generals Resign in Protest?

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Elected representatives, not soldiers, make policy. But there are times when generals should make a stand.

Secret Service Director Resigns

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An inevitable outcome for the head of a once proud agency.

The U.S. Should Stay Quiet About The Protests In Hong Kong

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In the current situation, speaking out forcefully as some are demanding can only do more harm than good.

Kissinger Wanted To Bomb Cuba

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Newly released documents reveal that Henry Kissinger wanted to attack Cuba in the mid-1970s.

CDC Confirms First Ebola Case In The United States

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For the first time, someone has been diagnosed with Ebola in the United States.

Another Secret Service Breach Put Armed Man With Criminal Record In Elevator With Obama

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The security lapses at the Secret Service just continue to mount.

White House Fence Jumper Got Deep Inside The Building

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Last week’s security breach just became a lot more serious.

Congress Has Abdicated Its Constitutional Responsibility In The War Against ISIS

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Speaker Boehner wants to delay a vote on the ISIS war until January, but any such debate will be meaningless because Congress has already abdicated responsibility.

Obama: “They” Underestimated ISIS

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Apparently, the buck doesn’t stop in the Oval Office these days.

Americans Support Air Strikes Against ISIS, Oppose Ground Troops

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The American public’s support for the President’s war against ISIS has its limits.

CIA’s Stealthy Starbucks

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WaPo’s Emily Wax-Thibodeaux reports that, “At CIA Starbucks, even the baristas are covert.”

‘Khorasan Group’ is US Creation; It’s Still Dangerous

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The Khorasan Group is, functionally, al Qaeda. Or is it?

Weekly Standard Columnist Ends Up On TSA Watch List For No Rational Reason

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The TSA is up to its usual shenanigans.

Oklahoma Beheading Linked to Islam

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A fired Oklahoma worker beheaded a woman and was attacking another when he was shot. Workplace violence? Or terrorism.

The President’s War Is Lacking A Convincing Plan

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The Administration’s policy in the President’s war against ISIS has no coherent plan, and that virtually guarantees escalation.

Hamid Karzai Blasts United States In Farewell Address

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Before leaving office, Hamid Karzai is once again biting that hand that has fed him for the past decade.

Obama’s Coffee Cup Salute Leads To Latest Outrage Of The Day

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The usual suspects flew into outrage mode on social media and in the blogosphere earlier today when video emerged of President Obama saluting a Marine while holding what appears to be a Starbucks cup in his hand: Some are calling it the “latte salute.” When President Obama stepped off Marine One at the Wall Street […]

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