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Should We Ignore the Terrorists?

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Should we treat terrorists as trolls?

Terrorist Attacks Strike Brussels

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A series of bomb attacks across Brussels has left at least 26 dead, and dozens more injured.

Donald Trump’s Favorite Foreign Policy Adviser Is….. Donald Trump

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Advisers? Donald Trump doesn’t need no stinkin’ advisers.

Rigor in Professional Military Education

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My latest for War on The Rocks, “Professional Military Education and the Rigor Problem, has posted.

Putin Announces Start Of Withdrawal Of Russian Forces From Syria

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To the surprise of many, Russia’s President announced that Russia would begin winding down its six month old intervention in Syria.

Kim Jong Un Orders North Korean Nukes Placed On ‘Standby’

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More saber rattling from Pyongyang.

You’ve Thanked Us Plenty for Our Service

Associated Press/Bob Daugherty, File - FILE - In this Jan. 12, 1991 file photo, Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf stands at ease with his tank troops during Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia. Schwarzkopf died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 in Tampa, Fla. He was 78. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty, File) l

My latest for RealClearDefense, “The Forgotten Veterans of Desert Storm,” has posted. The headline belies the argument.

Whatever Happened To That $6,000,000 Donald Trump Raised “For The Troops?”

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A month after raising $6,000,000 for “the troops,,” questions are being asked about where the money Donald Trump raised for veterans causes actually is at this point.

United States Putting ‘Advisers’ On The Front Lines In Nigeria’s War Against Boko Haram

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The U.S. is poised to send troops to the front lines of yet another war we have no reason to be involved in.

Ex-CIA Chief Says Military Would Have to Disobey President Trump

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Michael Hayden notes that many of Donald Trump’s foreign policy positions are illegal.

President Obama Submits Quixotic Plan To Close Guantanamo Bay Prison

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The President has another plan to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. It’s as likely to be well-received on Capitol Hill as all of his other previous plans on this issue.

No, Democrats Aren’t ‘Screwing’ Military Voters

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It’s hard to caucus away from home.

Apple Fighting Order To Assist In Decrypting Phone Of San Bernardino Terrorist

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Apple is resisting a Federal Court order that it assist the F.B.I. in decryption of the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists.

U.S. To Deploy Troops To Combat Areas In Afghanistan, Reversing Policy

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American forces will be deployed to a combat area in southern Afghanistan, reversing current policy and calling the President’s promised withdrawal date into even further doubt.

Would Subjecting Women To The Draft Make War Less Likely? Of Course Not

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It’s been suggested that subjecting women to a possible draft would make leaders less likely to go to war. Unfortunately, there’s no reason to believe this is true.

Army And Marine Chiefs: Women Should Be Required To Register For Draft Just Like Men

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The Army Chief of Staff and Commandant of the Marine Corps told Congress that women should be required to register for the draft just like men are.

War Against ISIS Poised To Expand Into Libya?

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Get ready for an expansion of the war against ISIS into Libya, because it’s probably not far away.

State Department Withholds 22 Hillary Clinton Emails For Containing “Top Secret” Information

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More email headaches for the Clinton campaign, but it remains unclear if any wrongdoing occurred.

Clinton Email Server Contained Information Classified Above ‘Top Secret,’ Report Contends

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New email headaches for Hillary Clinton, but it’s not clear what impact they will have on the race for President, if they have any impact at all.

Sanctions Against Iran Partially Lifted As Compliance With Nuclear Deal Is Confirmed By IAEA

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Another hopeful step forward, thanks to diplomacy.

U.S., South Korea Hint At Military Buildup In Response To Nuclear Test

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The United States and South Korea are hinting at increased military cooperation in the wake of last week’s North Korean nuclear test.

Experts Cast Doubt On North Korean Claim That It Tested Hydrogen Bomb

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Experts are casting doubt on North Korea’s claim that it tested a thermonuclear device earlier this week.

North Korea Claims To Have Detonated Hydrogen Bomb In Nuclear Test

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The North Koreans claim to have made a major advance in their nuclear weapons program, but there are many reasons to be skeptical.

Donald Trump’s Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Shows Up In Al Qaeda Recruitment Video

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The anti-Muslim rhetoric Donald Trump has been using on the campaign trail has shown up in a recruitment video for an al Qaeda off-shoot group.

After More Than Three Decades, Americans Held Hostage In Iran To Receive Compensation

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After more than three decades, the men and women held hostage in Iran for 444 days will receive at least some compensation.

Boko Haram Update

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Via the LAT:  Boko Haram has grown stronger, more lethal and even less compromising Boko Haram was blamed for recent twin suicide bombings in Kano: one carried out by an 11-year-old girl, and a market bombing in Yola that killed 34. The extremist group was responsible for 6,644 deaths in 2014, a 300% increase from the […]

A Word Cloud That Speaks For Itself

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Eric Weisbrod, a news producer at CNN shared this word cloud prepared from the transcript of the prime time Republican debate on Wednesday. The larger the world, the more frequently it was used: Further comment seems unnecessary.

Donald Trump’s Nuclear Ignorance

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Donald Trump displays some appalling ignorance about an important part of America’s military, but his supporters are unlikely to care.

Cruz has a Plan for Fighting ISIS

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Why hasn’t anyone else thought of this?

Another Poll Shows Republicans Support Donald Trump’s ‘Ban All Muslims’ Immigration Plan

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Heading into another Presidential debate, a new poll shows that Republicans are very receptive to Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslim immigration to the U.S.

Los Angeles Public Schools Closed In Wake Of ‘Unspecified Threats’

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Every public school in Los Angeles, which covers over 600,000 students, plus teachers and staff, has been closed for the day in the wake of unspecified threats.

Bowe Bergdahl To Face Court Martial For Desertion, Endangering U.S. Troops

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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will face a Court Martial for the circumstances that led to his being capture and held captive by the Taliban for five years.

Pentagon May Declare Sixth Domain of War, Because Why the Hell Not?

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For millennia,  warfare was conducted on the land or sea. About a century ago, we added a third domain, the air. Suddenly, we’ve gone domain happy, with the Air Force successfully lobbying to declare space and even “cyberspace” as separate domains. Now, there’s serious talk of declaring the electromagnetic spectrum its own domain, too. Mark […]

Using The No-Fly List To Bar Gun Purchases Is Bad Policy, And Likely Unconstitutional

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The Governors of Connecticut and New York are joining President Obama and Hillary Clinton in favor of a really bad idea.

Is Syria Already A Quagmire For Putin?

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Some analysts are already suggesting that Russia’s two month old intervention in Syria is becoming a quagmire. That seems to be a premature judgment, but it’s not accomplishing much more than anything the West is doing.

The Radicalization of Luke Skywalker

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A pseudonymous government relations professional examines “The Radicalization of Luke Skywalker: A Jedi’s Path to Jihad.”

Kim Jong Un Claims North Korea Has Thermonuclear Weapons, But It Probably Doesn’t

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North Korea’s mercurial leader now claims to have thermonuclear weapons, but analysts are saying this is likely braggadocios nonsense.

New Poll Appears To Show Majority GOP Support For Trump’s ‘Ban Muslims’ Immigration Plan

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A new poll appears to show that a majority of Republicans support Donald Trump’s plan to bar Muslims from immigrating to the United States.

FBI: San Bernardino Shooters Tashfeen Malik And Syed Farook Radicalized Years Before Marriage

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The Director of the F.B.i. told Congress today that the San Bernardino shooters were apparently radicalized much earlier than previously believed.

National Front Makes Major Gains In French Regional Elections

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Europe’s anti-immigrant, xenophobic far right scored major victories in France yesterday.

Obama’s Big ISIS Speech Was A Big Nothing

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For an Oval Office address delivered on a Sunday night, President Obama’s speech last night sounded more like a statement read from the podium in the press room.

NATO Admitting Montenegro As Full Member For Some Reason

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NATO is extending full membership to the tiny nation of Montenegro, and there doesn’t seem to be a good reason why they’re doing it.

It’s Good To Be The King

While Brussels was on its highest alert levels last month due to threats of terrorist attack, many Belgians were apparently wondering where their King was. It turns out he was in Northern France receiving “health” treatments: The king and queen of Belgium relaxed at a spa in France during Belgium’s darkest hour and Brussels was […]

San Bernardino Leaves Anti-Terror Policy In Disarray As Obama Prepares To Address Nation

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The attack in San Bernardino has seemingly left the Administration’s anti-terror strategy in disarray, so the President is addressing the nation tonight to say, well, something I guess.

German Parliament Approves Expansion Of Involvement In Anti-ISIS Campaign

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The German Parliament has approved expansion of the nation’s involvement in the campaign against ISIS, but that doesn’t make the current campaign any less incoherent.

San Bernardino Shooter Reportedly ‘Radicalized,’ Wife Pledged Support To ISIS, Before Attack

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The probability that the shootings in San Bernardino were at least inspired by ISIS and/or other Jihadist terror networks is increasing.

Our Feckless Congress Is Shirking Its Constitutional Duties On The War Against ISIS

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Yesterday, the British Parliament debated the expansion of that nation’s military strikes against ISIS. For more than a year, our cowardly Congress has failed to even hold one debate or vote on America’s role in that conflict.

New Report Finds Widespread Failures At The Secret Service

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A new report finds that the problems at the Secret Service are far deeper than previously known.

Suspects Dead In San Bernardino Mass Shooting, But Much Remains Unclear

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The suspects in the San Bernardino shootings are dead, but that’s about all we know so far this morning.

British Parliament Approves Airstrikes Against ISIS In Syria

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The British Parliament has approved expansion of that countries airstrikes into Syria, but it’s unclear just how much of an impact that will have on the ground.

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