The air strikes against Islamist terrorist groups in Syria that the U.S. launched on September 22 included strikes against a group that few Americans had heard about before: the Khorasan group. Although sometimes mistakenly characterized as a new terrorist group, Khorasan is a new tentacle of an old organization—the al-Qaeda high-command or core group. The rise of the…
President Obama would rather have been anywhere else on Earth but at that White House podium Wednesday night unveiling a new counterterror strategy for dealing with the Islamic State (aka ISIS or ISIL) in Iraq and Syria.
The speech — given in the shadow of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks — cut sharply counter to the “wishful-thinking” narrative…
Replaying the video of President Bush's 2007 warning against a premature withdrawal U.S. troops from Iraq is all the rage. In the last 24 hours, millions of Americans have “gone to the tape."
But, unlike a referee’s decision in an NFL game, President Obama’s blown call on this question can't be reversed. There are no do-overs in war.
Still, Mr. Bush’s comments are…
If making a speech served as strategy, then FDR would have checked that block by declaring Pearl Harbor a day of infamy. But not so.
Long before the Japanese bombers and Zeros hit Pearl, Roosevelt’s team had put in months of hard thinking, planning and decision-making to prepare for the nightmare scenario of a two-front conflict with Germany and Japan. And after the…
The grisly propaganda videos released by Islamist terrorists of the executions of innocent American hostages are coldly calculated to intimidate the terrorist group’s enemies, inspire its followers and incite further attacks against the United States and our allies.
The Islamic State (formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS) considers the videos a…
The best way to start winning a war is to stop losing. That axiom certainly applies to what’s going on in Iraq. But, that said, there is no place for American brigades in this battle.
Yes, Americans have a huge stake in preventing al-Qaeda’s cousin from setting up a brutal caliphate in Iraq.
The Middle East is a crossroads of the world. If unchecked, the malevolent…
Make no mistake, ISIS’s methodical march of savagery across the Middle East threatens more than the religious and ethnic minorities caught in its path. The United States and its allies, especially those in the region, have every reason to be concerned about the human cost of allowing ISIS to roam freely.
Any rational person must be disgusted by the cold-blooded murders…
The situation in Iraq remains grave. Spiraling violence, political instability, and a humanitarian crisis caused by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) could impact U.S. vital interests. The Obama Administration has an obligation to take responsible action. Congress should insist the President take immediate, suitable, and appropriate measures to safeguard American…
Secretary of State John Kerry recently floated a mind-boggling idea: To help turn back ISIS, the Islamic terrorist group that has seized control of more than a third of Iraq, the U.S. could enter a cooperative arrangement with the mullahs of Iran.
Yes, the administration still clings to the notion that it can advance American interests by cutting a deal with Tehran. No…
The situation in Iraq is bad and it’s getting worse.
This week, the terrorist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, announced the formation of an Islamic state — or caliphate — across the swath of territory it is currently holding.
It’s a big deal — for a lot of reasons.
First, while holding territory can be more difficult than taking it, just…
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…
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…
Riven by religious extremism and brutal sectarian competition, Iraq is descending again into the madness of civil war. The Maliki government has made a mess of things since taking office, estranging large segments of the Iraqi population along the way. The U.S. contributed to the mess via its hasty withdrawal two years ago, electing to end its security mission based on…
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…
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…
Iraq faces major political, national security, and economic challenges that should be addressed by the new government that emerges from the April 30 elections. Last year, more than 7,800 civilians and 1,050 members of the security forces were killed in political violence and terrorist attacks, making it Iraq’s deadliest year since 2008.
The Islamic State of Iraq and…
Since the end of the Cold War, America's
efforts at state building--be it in Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Somalia,
Afghanistan, or Iraq--have suffered from a tendency to reinvent the
wheel. That is, policymakers have acted as if these efforts have
never been tried before, and consequently, vital lessons that might
have been learned as to how the process might better work…
President of the United States has no greater responsibility than
protecting the American people from threats, both foreign and
domestic. He is vested by the Constitution with the authority and
responsibility to accomplish this essential task. In taking his
oath of office, the President swears to "preserve, protect, and
defend the Constitution of the United States,"…
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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…
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…
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
Suggestions have been floated that the U.S. should work with Iran to defeat the growing threat posed by the Islamic...…
The New York Times published a lengthy article Wednesday about chemical weapons found in Iraq. When it comes to chemical...…
As the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS or ISIL) tightened the noose around the predominantly Kurdish Syrian city...…
As the Islamic State terrorist organization commands attention with its cold-blooded tactics of rape and murder, another...…
The grisly propaganda videos released by Islamist terrorists of the executions of innocent American hostages are coldly...…
President Obama, laying out his strategy last night to defeat the Islamist jihadists known as ISIS, stressed that “it...…
Despite repeated U.S. airstrikes ordered by President Obama to blunt the advance of the Islamic State, the brutal...…
Clearly, ISIS was not in the plan.
The Obama Administration was caught flat-footed by the triumph of the Islamic State...…
With the rapid advance in Iraq of the deadly terrorist group calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS),...…
Less than three years after U.S. troops left Iraq, political leaders and policy analysts are wrestling with how to...…
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