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Our Ally Turkey Joins Fight Against ISIL, Killing Our Allies Against ISIL Rather Than ISIL

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Turkey has finally joined in the US-led coalition against ISIL. Unfortunately, it’s killing the main ground force fighting ISIL.

US Military Ends Transgender Ban

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The Defense Department is working to fully integrate transgender troops.

Jonathan Pollard To Be Released November 21st

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After 30 years in prison, Jonathan Pollard will be released later this year.

Mike Huckabee’s Offensive, Idiotic Holocaust Rhetoric On Iran

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In bringing Holocaust imagery into the debate over the Iran nuclear deal, Mike Huckabee has displayed the intellectual bankruptcy of his position.

U.S. Considering Releasing Jonathan Pollard?

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Reports are circulating that the Obama Administration is considering releasing Jonathan Pollard, and many are seeing it as an effort to placate Israel in the wake of the Iran deal.

Federal Inspectors General Call For Criminal Investigation Of Hillary Clinton’s Emails

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Did Hillary Clinton mishandle classified information while Secretary of State? Two Inspectors General want to find out.

On Munich Analogies

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Of course, the Iran deal has unleashed the ever popular deployment of the Munich analogy.  Samuel Kleiner and Tom Zoellner critique the formulation and give us a run-down of its relevance over the decades in an LAT piece for earlier in the week:  Republicans’ ‘Munich’ fallacy. The analogy is, of course, tired and pointless and yet it […]

Afghan Army Not Doing So Well Against The Taliban

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The Afghan Army isn’t doing so well against the Taliban right now.

Majority Of Americans Support Iran Nuclear Deal

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Good news for the President.

United Nations Security Council Approves Iranian Nuclear Deal

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The U.N. Security Council has approved the Iranian nuclear deal, and now the ball is in Congress’s court.

Four Marines Killed In Shootings At Chattanooga Military Sites

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Tragedy in Tennessee.

TSA to Address Incompetence with Longer Lines

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Trips to the airport will now be even more fun.

Can Congress Stop The Iran Nuclear Deal?

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In the end, the odds that Congress can actually stop the new deal regarding Iran’s nuclear program are pretty low.

Political Hack Resigns As OPM Director

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The unqualified hack who led OPM while China stole 21 million sensitive personnel files has finally resigned.

U.S. And Cuba To Reopen Embassies After 54 Years

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For the first time since 1961, there will soon be an American Embassy in Havana, and a Cuban Embassy in Washington. It’s well past time that this happened.

Changes To U.S. Hostage Policies Are Less Than Meets The Eye

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The Administration announced changes to the way the government handles hostage situations, but it really doesn’t amount to much.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Apologizes For Boston Marathon Bombing, Is Sentenced To Die Anyway

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared in public for what is likely the last time in his life, apologized for the crimes he committed, and was unsurprisingly sentenced to death by a Federal Judge.

Does It Matter Whether Charleston Was Terrorism?

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The debate is ultimately academic.

Army Drops ‘Army Strong’ for . . . Nothing

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The nine-year-old ‘Army Strong’ ad campaign is ended.

Yes, Dylann Roof Is A Terrorist

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A word that has come in recent years to be used to refer chiefly to Muslim fanatics obviously applies to a man who murdered nine people because they’re black.

Was China OPM Hack Fair Game?

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Was this simply ordinary intelligence collection? Or something more insidious?

MARSOC Now Officially ‘Marine Raiders’

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Marine special operations forces have called themselves “Raiders” for years. Now it’s official.

Putin Using Fear Of ISIS To Enhance Russian Influence In Central Asia

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A well-founded fear of ISIS seems to be drawing many of the former Soviet Republics in Central Asia closer to Moscow.

Radical Overhaul of Military Pension System Doesn’t Go Far Enough

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My latest for The National Interest, “America’s Military Needs a New Retirement Plan,” has posted.

U.S. Poised To Store Military Equipment In Eastern Europe, Baltics

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In what seems to be a clear signal to Russia, the U.S. is considering pre-positioning military equipment in nation’s very close to Russian borders.

George W. Bush Wants To Send Combat Troops To Iraq Again

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Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us.

Appeals Court Tosses Military Tribunal Convictions Of Gitmo Prisoners

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A Federal Appeals Court In Washington has ruled that the military tribunal convictions of one group of Guantanamo Bay detainees was unconstitutional.

Americans Say Civil Liberties Trump Terror Threats, Politicians Don’t Care

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The American people don’t believe that liberty should be sacrificed in the name of security, but their leaders largely don’t care.

Supreme Court Slaps Back Congress In Jerusalem Passport Case

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In a case that took seven months to decide, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Presidency’s broad authority in foreign affairs, and inserted itself just a little bit in the thorny politics of the Middle East.

Comparative Military Bases

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This series of maps is worth a look:  What we can learn by looking at where world powers have military bases. Here are two of them, the US and China: While such maps do not tell all one might need to know they do undercut two arguments often made in the popular press. First, it […]

Air Force Says ISIS Has Poor OPSEC, Demonstrating Poor OPSEC

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An Air Force general is bragging about a targeting technique being used against ISIS.

Tariq Aziz, Former Iraqi Foreign Minister Under Saddam Hussein, Dead At 79

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Tariq Aziz, who was perhaps the most well-known face of the Iraqi government in the Western world during Saddam Hussein’s reign, has died at the age of 79: Tariq Aziz, a top minister for Saddam Hussein who served as Iraq’s international spokesman for more than 20 years and was perhaps the government’s most recognizable figure […]

Senate Renews, Modifies, Patriot Act

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The Senate passed a bill that renews, and modifies, the Patriot Act

Domestic Spying ‘Suspended’ But Almost Certainly Continues Unabated

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Don’t believe everything you read in the papers.

Patriot Act Lapses, Civilization Still Stands

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Many provisions of the Patriot Act lapsed at midnight, but apparently the world hasn’t ended.

With Hours Left, The Fate Of The PATRIOT Act Remains Uncertain

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The Senate returns tomorrow to try to pass an extension of the PATRIOT Act before it expires, but it may not be able to do so.

Marine Fighting for Right to Post Bible Verses in Violation of Direct Orders

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A woman discharged from the Marine Corps for violating multiple direct orders is fighting to the highest military court.

Rand Paul: GOP Hawks Have Advocated Policies That Have Helped ISIS Flourish

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Rand Paul is out with one of his more forceful attacks on Republican hawks to date.

U.S. Defense Secretary Says Iraqis Have Lost The Will To Fight ISIS

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Some unusually blunt, but true, language from the U.S. Secretary Of Defense.

First Batch Of Hillary Clinton Benghazi Emails Reveals No Smoking Guns

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The first batch of email from Hillary Clinton regarding the 2012 attack in Benghazi have been released, and they don’t reveal anything we didn’t already know.

Senate Fails To Pass PATRIOT Act Renewal

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The Senate went home last night without passing a bill to renew the PATRIOT Act, which expires at the end of the month.

The Triumph Of Bureaucracy: Al Qaeda’s Job Application

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Who knew terrorists had an H.R. Department?

Osama Bin Laden Liked To Read 9/11 Conspiracy Books

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Newly released documents recovered from the home where Osama bin Laden hid until being killed in May 2011 by Seal Team Six reveal that the al Qaeda leader had some interesting reading habits: In his final hours, Osama bin Laden surrounded himself with conspiracy theories, U.S. government documents and even video game guides. The Obama […]

Rand Paul Holds The Senate Floor To Talk About PATRIOT Act Renewal, Civil Liberties

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Rand Paul held the Senate floor for nearly twelve hours yesterday to talk about the PATRIOT Act, but it’s unclear if he accomplished anything.

Hillary Clinton Has Her Own Questions To Answer About Iraq, Libya, And Syria

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Hillary Clinton has admitted she made a mistake in supporting the Iraq War in 2002, but there are plenty of other questions she needs to answer when it comes to foreign interventions.

Marco Rubio Fumbles The Iraq War Question

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Marco Rubio is the latest Republican Presidential candidate to have a problem giving a coherent answer to a few simple questions about the Iraq War.

Lindsey Graham Wants To Kill Americans Without Inconvenience of Trial

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Lindsey Graham says that, if elected president, he would summarily kill anyone thinking about joining ISIS.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Sentenced To Death In Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

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Final justice, but far from the end of the road.

David Cameron To Propose Broad Expansion Of Powers To Crackdown On ‘Extremism’

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Fresh off an election victory, British Prime Minister David Cameron is set to propose a series of new measures to crackdown on extremism that raise serious civil liberties concerns.

Saudi, U.S. Relationship Becoming More Tense

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The relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia has seen better days.

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