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  • Commentary posted July 27, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Original Member of Bin Laden’s Band Killed in Strike

    The U.S. military claims to have killed Muhsin al-Fadhli in Syria.  A one-time associate of Osama bin Laden, he is reported to have headed a network called the Khorasan Group, responsible for planning al Qaeda’s terrorist attacks on the West. Well, at least we think he is dead. This is the second time the U.S. has claimed to have killed Muhsin al-Fadhli. Also, no word if…

  • Commentary posted July 27, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. When Autos Attack

    A couple of months ago, DARPA Dan made news during a 60 Minutes profile when he showed how scientists could hack into a car’s computer, making it move independently of the driver. Senator Ed Markey got so worked up that he announced new proposed legislation to set standards for “protection against digital attacks and privacy.” Well, this ought to get Markey excited. It…

  • Commentary posted July 23, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. We Should Hunt Terrorists Online -- Since That's Where They Now Operate

    Used to be that, when a crime occurred, investigators would flood the crime scene. Now, they race to access the perpetrator’s footprint in digital space. Often, that’s where they’ll find the most crucial clues. And that’s why the FBI wants to know everything Chattanooga shooter Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez did online. Digital tracing has proved particularly important in…

  • Commentary posted July 22, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Minority Report? It’s Not Science Fiction in NYC

    In the future, top cop Tom Cruise uses sci-fi technology to single out and arrest violent criminals before they commit a crime. The 2002 hit movie seemed like such a super cool idea that Fox is bringing the concept back as a series starting in September. But the cautionary tale, originally penned by science fiction writer Philip K. Dick in 1956, may be more than science…

  • Commentary posted July 21, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Iran may bide its time before breaking nuke deal

    Want to judge the value of an international deal? Grade it not by measuring what it means to the United States, but what it means to the other guy. That’s the standard that ought to be applied to the recently reached Iran deal. Remember the Paris Peace Accords? They were anything but. In 1973, all the U.S. wanted from North Vietnam before the president pulled out every…

  • Commentary posted July 21, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Michaela Dodge We Must Revive Our Moribund Nuclear Force

    Barack Obama is not likely to be mistaken for Teddy Roosevelt. Yes, his foreign policy has been quite soft-spoken—especially when addressing openly hostile states such as Iran. But he has whittled America’s “big stick” down to kindling. While “resetting” with Russia and “engaging” with Iran, Mr. Obama has presided over a tremendous down-sizing of U.S. military strength.…

  • Commentary posted July 20, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Iran's path to the bomb

    Want to judge the value of an international deal? Grade it not by measuring what it means to the United States, but what it means to the other guy. That's the standard that ought to be applied to the recently reached Iran deal. Remember the Paris Peace Accords? They were anything but. In 1973, all the U.S. wanted from North Vietnam before the president pulled out every…

  • Commentary posted July 16, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. The Iran Deal: 4 Big Red Flags for the Middle East (And the World)

    Once a major diplomatic agreement is inked, the world typically reacts by holding its breath, waiting to see if it will all turn out alright. Some deals, like the Munich Pact, crumble quickly. Others, like the Camp David accords, hang in there. But, rarely has there been a deal like the one reached in Vienna last night—a deal in which all the nations most closely affected…

  • Commentary posted July 14, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Missing in Action: Where Are the Arabs in the Fight against ISIS?

    Some argue that ISIS in Iraq is an Arab problem. Ergo, it should be Arab boots on the ground that kick the land-grabbing insurgency from the field. That argument has an undeniable appeal here in the United States. America is exhausted with wars. Leading from behind seems an attractive option. There is also the matter of the end game. A security framework requiring…

  • Commentary posted July 9, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Missiles And The Morning Calm: Get Ready For The Next Wave Of Trouble With North Korea

    While the White House winds up its deal on the future of Iran’s nuclear program, angst abounds in U.S. national security circles. Contributing to the anxiety over how the Tehran regime will act in the future is knowledge of how the Pyongyang regime has acted in the past. For years, the North Korean government dabbled in deals and threats, stringing along the…

  • Commentary posted July 9, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. WHO are You? We’re the Guys that Screwed up the Response to Ebola

    Who knows? Maybe the UN started out as a good idea? It sure didn’t end up that way. Check out the WHO (No. Not the band)—the World Health Organization.  Not surprisingly, the agency is supposed to help nations around the world manage world health problems—like how to keep horrific diseases such as Ebola from going global. And, not surprisingly, since they are part of the…

  • Commentary posted July 6, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. July 4th Nightmare: What If America Lost the War For Independence?

    What if America’s most patriotic holiday was not July 4, but December 25? It could have been the day the British crown got its best Christmas gift ever. All it would have taken was a simple slip by a colonial rebel. His rifle, crashing to the frozen ground, discharges… the shot echoing clearly through the crisp, clear winter night. On the river banks, the alarm sounds.…

  • Commentary posted June 30, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. What Fireworks Does ISIS Plan for the 4th of July?

    What to make of reports that ISIS may try to pull off a terrorist attack on Independence Day? Let’s look at the facts. It is not the first time after 9/11 that U.S. authorities have expressed concerns about possible terrorist attacks timed to coincide with significant dates like the 4th of July.  In 2011, a senior U.S. official told reporters, “We have received credible…

  • Commentary posted June 25, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. If Ebola Returns, Is Washington Or WHO Any Better Prepared?

    Summer is scary. Sharks attack. Hurricanes harry us. Draught and heat exhaustion claim casualties. And, last year there was Ebola. And, Ebola could be back. In 2014, the unprecedented outbreak of the deadly virus that ravaged West Africa went from interesting news to outright panic when the first case reached American shores. Controversy over the administration’s…

  • Commentary posted June 19, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. In cyberattacks, blame the victim

    It's called The Great Game. Big nations perpetually battle for advantages, going after each other like LeBron James and Stephen Curry tussling for loose balls in the NBA finals. So when China is accused of pulling off the hack of this young century — scarfing up massive amounts of personnel files from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) — well, just chalk it up…