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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.

Hillary Clinton Attacks Foreign Policy She Helped Create And Implement

U.S. Secretary of State Clinton listens to U.S. President Obama speak during a meeting with members of his cabinet in Washington

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

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.

US No Safer Than on 9/11 Says DIA Chief

US Army Lt General Flynn testifies before House Intelligence Committee in Washington

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

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 […]

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.

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.

Islam And World War One

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The First World War played an intriguing role in the birth of the radical Islam we are dealing with today.

Abu Khattala Will Be Tried In A Criminal Court, As He Should Be

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The justice system works, there’s no need to scrap it.

President Obama’s Plan To Arm “Moderate” Syrian Rebels Is A Bad Idea

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For some reason, President Obama wants to arm so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels.

Army: No Evidence Bergdahl Aided Taliban During Captivity

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The U.S. Army is reporting that there is no evidence that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl aided the Taliban or committed any other misconduct during his five years in captivity: WASHINGTON—The U.S. Army said Wednesday that there is no evidence that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl engaged in any misconduct during his five years in captivity. Sgt. Bergdahl is […]

Federal Judge Rules No-Fly List Unconstitutional

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The right to fly can’t be denied on mere whim.

Rand Paul, Dick Cheney, And The Foreign Policy Battle Inside The GOP

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The Kentucky Senator and former Vice-President are at the front of a battle that will unfold inside the GOP as we head toward 2016.

Is The Iraq War To Blame For Iraq’s Current Crisis?

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Recent events in Iraq have opened up old domestic political arguments in the United States.

U.S. Captures Suspect In Benghazi Attack

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Ahmed Abu Kattalah, the alleged ringleader of the September 2012 attack in Benghazi, has been arrested.

Public Skeptical Of Bergdahl Deal

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Thanks largely to Administration mistakes, the Bergdahl deal is not going over well.

Guantanamo Bay Is Not Going To Close

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Mostly because of politics, the hopes of some and fears of others will never be realized.

Dianne Feinstein: No Evidence That Bergdahl Was In Imminent Danger

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While the Administration’s explanations for why it did not comply with the 30 day notice requirement for release of Gutantanamo Bay prisoners when making the deal that resulted in the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the one that they seem to be relying upon the most is the argument that the decision was made to […]

Yes, We Do Negotiate With Terrorists

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Contrary to the oft-repeated slogan, the United States has negotiated with terrorists before. And we will do it again.

Obama Was For Notifying Congress About A Deal For Bergdahl Before He Was Against It

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John McCain isn’t the only one who’s done a little flip-flopping on the whole issue of swapping Taliban Prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in recent years. Consider this from a White House Press Briefing on June 21, 2013: Q    Jay, going to back to Afghanistan, the Taliban has offered to release Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five […]

Did Obama Violate The Law With The Bergdahl Release? It Sure Seems Like It

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Good intentions aren’t an excuse for failure to follow the law.

Poll: Majority Supports Benghazi Investigation

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A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that a majority of Americans, including a sizable number of Democrats support the House Select Committee investigation into the Benghazi attack: Washington (CNN) - Around half the public says they support another congressional investigation into the Benghazi attack, according to a new national poll. The reason? The ABC News/Washington Post survey indicates […]

John McCain Was For Trading Taliban Prisoners For Sgt. Bergdahl Before He Was Against It

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In the days since Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed from Taliban captivity in exchange for five prisoners held at the prison at Guantanamo Bay, one of the strongest critics of the deal has been Arizona Senator John McCain: Current and former U.S. officials welcomed the return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only American soldier held prisoner in […]

Army Will Investigate Desertion Charges Against Bowe Bergdahl

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It’s good that Bowe Bergdahl is free, but questions remain about how he went missing that need to be answered.

Republicans Criticize Deal That Led To American P.O.W.’s Release

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Petty politics, or valid concerns?

Florida Man Carries Out Suicide Attack In Syria

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An American who grew up in Florida and went to Syria to fight with the rebellion is being blamed for a suicide bombing: WASHINGTON — An American who blew himself up in an attack in Syria on Sunday has been identified by law enforcement officials as Moner Mohammad Abusalha, a man in his early 20s […]

Obama’s Cloudy Foreign Policy Vision

President Obama Delivers Commencement Address At West Point

Once again, President Obama’s attempt to communicate a foreign policy vision falls short.

All U.S. Troops Will Be Out Of Afghanistan After 2016, Most Will Be Out By December

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An imperfect timetable, but better than nothing.

Nigerians Claim To Have Located Missing Schoolgirls, But Can’t (Won’t?) Rescue Them

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Some odd developments in Nigeria

Nigeria Delaying Search For Missing Schoolgirls

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The search for more than 200 missing Nigerian schoolgirls is not going well, and part of the blame lies with the Nigerian government.

Fort Hood vs Benghazi?

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James Oliphant asks, “Why Hasn’t the GOP Treated Fort Hood Like Benghazi?”

Benghazi Hearings Likely To Last Through 2016

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South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy, who has been named to head the House Select Committee investigating the Benghazi attack said this morning that his inquiry could easily last into the 2016 campaign season: Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said the special committee he’ll lead on Benghazi could continue into the 2016 campaign, when Hillary Clinton might […]

Boko Haram Leader Vows to Sell Kidnapped Girls

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Boko Haram is threatening to sell the 200-plus Nigerian girls it has kidnapped into slavery.

Nigerian Islamist Terror Group Boko Haram Claims Responsibility For Kidnapping Of Schoolgirls

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Last week, I noted that we had reached the two week point since the kidnapping of 234 Nigerian schoolgirls and there had been little or no reporting on the story in the American media. Since that point, I have been happy to see the story receiving coverage on CNN and other networks, as well as […]

House Benghazi Committee: Fact-Finding Mission Or Partisan Witch Hunt?

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Could the upcoming House Select Committee on Benghazi actually accomplish something useful?

Unfortunately For Hillary Clinton, Benghazi Is Not Going Away

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If Hillary Clinton runs for President, questions surrounding the Benghazi attack will continue to dog her.

New Emails Revive Old Benghazi Arguments

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A new set of emails is reviving the old partisan arguments about the attack in Benghazi.

Islamist Rebels Kidnap Over 100 Nigerian Schoolgirls

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This story out of Nigeria’s ongoing conflict with Islamist rebels doesn’t sound like it’s going to end well: (Reuters) – Islamist rebels duped dozens of Nigerian schoolgirls into thinking they were soldiers come to evacuate them before abducting over 100 in their latest anti-government raid, one of the survivors said on Wednesday. Gunmen suspected to […]

Boston Bomber Trial Set For November 3rd

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The date for the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev has been set: BOSTON — A federal judge here on Wednesday set Nov. 3 as the start of the trial for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is accused of the deadly bombing of the Boston Marathon last year. Prosecutors say Mr. Tsarnaev, 20, worked with […]

Obama’s Kill Rules Keeping Obama From Killing

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President Obama’s new rules for killing Americans with drones are proving inconvenient.

Suicide Bomb Instructor Accidentally Kills Pupils

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We’ve all had a bad day at work, but this was a really bad day at work: BAGHDAD — A group of Sunni militants attending a suicide bombing training class at a camp north of Baghdad were killed on Monday when their commander unwittingly conducted a demonstration with a belt that was packed with explosives, […]

Sniper Attack On Power Station In California Raises Terrorism Threat

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Ten months ago, a group of people attacked a power substation in California. Who they were and why they did it remains a mystery.

TSA Touts Toothpaste Tube Terror Threat

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Just when it became safe to keep your shoes and tablets on, a new threat to the friendly skies has emerged: toothpaste.

Most Americans Now See Iraq And Afghanistan Wars As Failures

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Most Americans now see America’s decade of war as a failure.

Robert Gates: Invading Iraq Diverted Attention From The War On Terror

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Former SecDef Robert Gates is among those who believes that the Iraq War unduly diverted attention from fighting the War On Terror.

Al Qaeda Runs Falluja Now

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If you’re still not convinced that we lost the war in Iraq, this should settle the argument.

New York Times Benghazi Story Gets Some Political And Journalistic Push Back

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The New York Times Benghazi report raises as many questions as it purports to answer.

Would N.S.A. Data Mining Have Been Able To Stop 9/11?

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.Many have tried to justify N.S.A. data mining on the theory that it could have prevented 9/11. Is that true?

Second Suicide Bombing In Two Days Hits Southern Russia As Olympics Approach

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We’re just over a month away  from the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and the explosion of a second suicide bomb in areas near the location of the games is starting to raise security fears: MOSCOW — A deadly suicide bombing at a crowded railroad station in southern Russia on Sunday, […]

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