In “Have We Gone From a Post-War to a Pre-War World?” Mead says we should worry, but not so much. Today’s world is a troubled place. Yet, he notes, the U.S. has advantages unavailable to the great powers a century ago. And those advantages, he argues, leave the U.S. far better equipped to put the brakes on dust-ups that might otherwise metastasize into global conflicts.…
It became her mantra. The U.S. border with Mexico, Janet Napolitano would say, “has never been more secure.” First uttered in 2010 during Congressional testimony, she repeated it often for the remainder of her tenure as Homeland Security Secretary.
Even four years ago, not everyone agreed. True, illegal border crossings had dried up in some sectors. But elsewhere new…
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…
Flip through the latest National Security Strategy and the Pentagon's Quadrennial Defense Review -- these are the documents describing how President Obama envisions using foreign and defense policy to keep the United States safe, free and prosperous in a world that appears increasingly unfriendly to America's interests.
The words “strategic early warning” don’t figure in…
Four weeks after D-Day, having fought fiercely for 28 consecutive days, American troops were still within eyeshot of the Normandy coast.
They were already short of artillery rounds, but Gen. Omar Bradley didn’t care. The commander of U.S. ground forces was determined to send the enemy a message.
And so, to mark U.S. independence on July 4, 1944, Bradley ordered every…
Foreign fighters—outsiders recruited or who volunteer to fight in another country for somebody else’s cause—are nothing new. What’s new is that they have become a staple of the Al Qaeda cohort.
It’s called the “pipeline” problem. Ferrying warriors to the war and also returning them home to spread the war elsewhere has become part of the stock and trade of how…
Tony Snow was dying. But the White House press secretary, still determined to serve his president, returned to work as long as his cancer was in remission.
Many thankless tasks awaited the former Fox News journalist. One of them was brokering meetings with conservative leaders -- asking them to "hear out" George W. Bush's plan for comprehensive immigration reform.
“What's the point of having this superb military that you're always talking about if we can't use it?”
– Madeline Albright, 1993, as she argued for sending U.S. troops to Bosnia
There's an undertone to Albright's quip, one that suggests a sharp distinction between how progressives and realists view the purpose of the people in the Pentagon.
Realists take the…
Forget about speeches—foreign-policy crises define a presidency. Memorable speeches resonate because they are built on acts of real leadership. Conversely, failure washes away the most resounding rhetoric.
Which is why the unraveling of Iraq will define Obama's tenure at the top much more than his recent address at West Point.
After listening to Obama's speech to the…
Iraq is a shambles. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Al Qaeda off-shoot that now controls nearly a third of the nation, continues to run amok.
It’s way past time for the White House to get its head in the game. The disaster unfolding in Iraq and Syria could very quickly spiral into a much, much bigger problem. And some problems are so big that even our…
He was MIA. His family could only pray they would ever see him again.
On Aug. 13, 1944, U.S. Army Pfc. Lawrence S. Gordon disappeared from his unit, Reconnaissance Company, 32nd Armored Regiment, 3rd Armored Division. He vanished during the battle of the Falaise Gap -- a wild, running battle where American troops tried to trap Germany's 7th Army as it retreated from…
President Obama’s West Point speech proved telling in ways he probably didn’t plan. The commander-in-chief tried to use the commencement address to quell concerns over a foreign policy that has produced nothing but controversy and setbacks since the debacle in Benghazi.
But the president scored more misses than hits with the audience, pundits and the press. Even The…
With U.S. foreign policy in the doldrums on every front, President Obama's handlers decided it was time for action. And, so he jetted to Afghanistan to spend Memorial Day with the troops.
The fly-in to Bagram Airfield was only the first "photo op." Two days later the president convened a Rose Garden press conference to announce his decision regarding future U.S. troop…
"I'll bet they're asleep in New York," muses Rick in "Casablanca" as he realizes there's no sitting this war out. "I'll bet they're asleep all over America."
It's an important line to recall as we prepare to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Rick's conversion from pacifist to patriot in the classic 1942 film mirrored America's transformation after Pearl Harbor from…
"I'd rather have a German division in front of me than a French division behind me." So quipped Gen. George "Blood & Guts" Patton.
The German military machine was fearsome foe in World War II. That was then. Now is now.
Following two incredibly bloody world wars, many worried that a strong Germany would always be a threat to world peace. Indeed, the division of Germany…
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