Former secretary of state, national security adviser and Nobel Peace Prize winner Henry Kissinger is, by all measures, a foreign policy heavy weight. At a recent black-tie dinner, he stood—stoop-shouldered and peering imperiously over his signature thick, black-frame glasses—and remarked: “Unilateral withdrawal is not victory.”
Whom could he have been talking…
For almost every foreign policy problem, John Kerry has an “easy button.” Unfortunately, hitting that button usually doesn’t do the trick. And sometimes, it leaves the world worse off.
And so we would do well to consider the prospect of success for the “easy button” identified by the Secretary of State as the way to keep Iraq from teetering into a full-blown civil war.…
When President Obama proclaimed in the fall of 2012 during the presidential campaign that Al Qaeda was “on the run,” who knew he meant that Usama bin Laden’s acolytes were just hustling off to other places, including back to their old stomping grounds in Iraq.
In fact, news reports note that not only is Al Qaeda resurgent in Iraq two years after U.S. forces withdrew, but…
It was only a decade ago that US forces pulled Saddam Hussein out of his spiderhole at a farmhouse in ad-Dawr, near his home town of Tikrit. That success – indeed, that war – seems now to belong to another century. But it’s not so far removed from today’s travails.
The aftermath of the Iraq War convinced many that the price of justice for Saddam was too high. But the…
Christmas fast approaches. What better time, then, to write of Easter Seals. And veterans.
The combination is not nearly as odd as it may sound. Let’s start with Easter Seals. It has long been one of America’s most well-known charities.
The organization started in 1919 as a charity to help children with disabilities. In the early days, it was known…
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki came to Washington last week in search of greater U.S. security assistance in battling the al-Qaeda-led insurgency that increasingly threatens Iraq's internal security as well as regional stability in the oil-rich Persian Gulf.
The United States shares Maliki's goal of defeating al-Qaeda's franchise in Iraq, which has expanded into…
Considering the lumps the administration is taking over NSA leaks and Obamacare failings, don’t expect them to trumpet tomorrow’s meeting at the White House between President Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
That’s because despite Obama’s promise “to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end,” almost two years after the withdrawal of U.S. forces, Iraq is…
It is too soon to tell if the Iraq war was "worth it." That depends on whether Iraq can make the difficult transition to become a stable democracy and an ally against Islamist extremism, Iran, and terrorist groups. But on balance, the Iraq war was a risk worth taking in view of the dangers inherent in ignoring Saddam Hussein's support for terrorism, his serial massacres…
Last week White House Press Secretary Jay Carney promised the President would soon make a major address “on the Middle East and U.S. policy in the Middle East...to a broader audience than just the Arab world.” It is long past time for President Barack Obama to lay out a plan for how his Administration will address the historic change sweeping this part of the world. By…
While all eyes are on the political violence in Egypt, the Obama Administration has labored in crisis mode, struggling to stay ahead of the rapidly moving events. Washington’s problem is that publicly the White House appears to be floundering, focusing myopically on events on Tahrir Square rather than exercising real presidential leadership and proactively working to…
A few Members of Congress,
motivated by American combat in the Middle East, have called for
the reinstatement of a compulsory military draft. The case for
coercing young citizens to join the military is supposedly based on
social justice?that all should serve?and seems to be
buttressed by reports of shortfalls in voluntary enlistment.
In a New York Times op-ed…
The falling statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad is an evocative
image. It signals that
the U.S.-led military action against the Hussein regime has been a
success. This signal
of success is backed by tangible evidence of a successful military
operation in more substantive terms. This evidence is found in a
review of the mission objectives for Operation Iraqi…
difficulties that the U.S. military and other coalition forces have
experienced in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the consternation
expressed in the Western press and public opinion should come as no
surprise--in part because both press and people have scant
appreciation for the difficulties of post-war occupation. Yet there
is legitimate cause for complaint. The…
As fighting in
Iraq winds down and coalition forces stamp out the last remaining
pockets of resistance, coalition forces and humanitarian agencies
are only beginning to document the atrocities that occurred under
this brutal regime. According to senior officials at the
U.S. Department of State, "the Iraqi regime has not only acted
contrary to international laws and…
There are many misconceptions about the war that distort the
current debate over U.S. Iraq policy. Although those seeking to
score political points often try to reduce the war to simple
slogans and either-or strategic propositions, the situation on the
ground is complex and not adequately described by debate talking
points or campaign rhetoric. The war in Iraq is now…
Washington manages both impending military action against Iraq and
the ongoing war on terrorism in the same manner, international
accusations of "unilateralism"1 should
fade. Were the United States truly acting unilaterally, it would be
pursuing solely American national interests, and no other country
would participate. But as Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld…
spoke very little during the 1787 Constitutional Convention in
Philadelphia. Like a similarly silent George Washington, his major
contribution was in lending his name and prestige to the effort. On
the last day, however, Dr. Franklin rose and delivered what may
have been the most important speech of his life.
I confess that
there are several…
President Obama’s televised speech on Iraq will mark the “official” end of U.S. combat operations in Iraq and the transition to an “advise and assist” mission. The President undoubtedly hopes to assure voters ahead of the November elections that he is winding down the war. The irony is that current progress in Iraq was enabled by the Bush Administration’s surge policy,…
Iraq’s March 7 parliamentary elections will be a major milestone that will help determine that nation’s future political evolution and prospects for security and stability. Additionally, these elections will significantly affect the Obama Administration’s plans for a rapid drawdown of U.S. troops in Iraq.
The elections will hopefully produce a broad-based multi-party…
When Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki meets with President Barack Obama at the White House tomorrow several issues will be high on the agenda, including the need to accelerate Iraq's lagging political reconciliation efforts. But despite the importance of this long-term process, one topic deserves even more urgent attention: How to immediately strengthen bilateral…
Iraq's January 31 provincial elections were another important
milestone on Iraq's long and difficult journey toward becoming a
According to preliminary results, the big electoral winner was
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's State of Law coalition. While 10
percent of the votes must still be counted, it is apparent that the
Congress tomorrow will begin a second round of hearings on Iraq
featuring General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker. A
major topic is likely to be the recent round of fighting in Basra,
Iraq's second-largest city, and its implications for U.S.
Although the clashes in Basra have been widely misreported as a
one-sided defeat for Prime Minister Nouri…
As the battle between Iraqi security forces and Iranian-backed
Shia militias raged in the port of Basra over the past week,
British troops remained largely on the sidelines. Thirty-thousand
Iraqi soldiers were sent into the city by Prime Minister Nuri
al-Maliki to retake control from the Mahdi Army led by
Iranian-based firebrand cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, but they…
In recent days there has been an uptick of fighting in Iraq.
Shiite militia groups have battled with government security forces
in Basra, and the fighting has spilled over into Baghdad and other
cities. In contrast to the spiraling violence two years ago, when
Iranian-backed extremists and al-Qaeda terrorists tried to goad the
country toward a sectarian civil war,…
Last week, a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee held a hearing provocatively titled “Is Al-Qaeda Winning?” The answers...…
Former secretary of state, national security adviser and Nobel Peace Prize winner Henry Kissinger is, by all measures,...…
Who is the United States’ resurgent adversary in Iraq, and what do they want? A panel convened at The Heritage...…
Al-Qaeda forces in Syria are actively seeking recruits from Americans who have traveled there to fight or to assist...…
Excerpts from a new tell-all book made quite a splash in Washington yesterday. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates...…
Al-Qaeda, which has surged in strength on both sides of the Iraq–Syria border, captured two important cities in western...…
Americans will die on American soil in large numbers. So predicted the Hart-Rudman Commission seven months before the...…
Unfortunately, in today’s Iraq, terror and death are the daily rule, not the exception.
Earlier this month in eastern...…
President Obama this morning laid out a foreign policy roadmap for the remainder of his presidency. However,...…
If the Obama Administration follows through with its planned “shot across the bow” of Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime,...…
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