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  • Commentary posted March 31, 2014 by Peter Brookes Prez flunks foreign policy

    Americans are down on President Obama’s foreign policy. A Real Clear Politics average of polls over the last month reveals 51 percent of Americans disapprove of his handling of international affairs, while only 40 percent approve. Not exactly a ringing endorsement. But what’s perhaps equally important is where the White House’s foreign policy is likely “popular.”…

  • Commentary posted March 27, 2014 by Peter Brookes Will Putin’s bad-boy routine help Obama, Kerry see the light?

    If there’s one good thing to come out of the Crimea crisis so far – if that’s possible – it’s that Russia’s land-grab may have roused Team Obama from its strategic slumber about emerging big power threats. Startled by the Kremlin’s unexpected wake-up call, maybe now the White House will wipe away the “sleepies” and see the world as it is, rather than how Team Obama…

  • Commentary posted March 10, 2014 by Peter Brookes What Putin sees when he looks to the West

    While we wring our hands over whether we have any options in preventing Crimea from being slowly -- but almost surely -- sucked into the Russian sphere of influence for good, the fact is that the Kremlin clearly thought it could get away with it. Why? Weakness. There’s no doubt that Russian President Vladimir Putin long ago sized up President Obama, including his…

  • Commentary posted February 27, 2014 by Peter Brookes Venezuelans’ fight for freedom important to U.S.

    While the uprising in Venezuela is getting lots less news coverage than the turmoil in Ukraine, the outcome is of equal importance — if not more — to the United States. Why? Geography. Quite simply, though not understating the importance of the results of “East versus West” in Ukraine, Venezue-la is in our hemisphere and what happens there could impact a lot…

  • Commentary posted February 20, 2014 by Peter Brookes After Olympics, Putin’s real games begin in Ukraine

    Job No. 1? Ukraine. You can only imagine Russian President Vladimir Putin is none too pleased about the civil unrest there -- and the less than flattering spotlight it’s shining on Russia -- not to mention distracting attention from his signature sports event in Sochi. But oozing confidence as the Olympic Games draw to a close, you can bet that once the snow and…

  • Commentary posted February 14, 2014 by Peter Brookes Iran’s navy on Valentine’s ‘tour’

    Just as Team Obama tries to make us feel all warm and fuzzy about relations with Iran due to perceived “progress” on the interim (but not nearly final) nuclear deal, Tehran goes and blows it with some, shall we say, “hateful” acts. So much for Valentine’s Day. For instance, after the United States and others started releasing frozen Iranian assets as part of the new…

  • Commentary posted February 6, 2014 by Peter Brookes Syria a failure for U.S.

    In a now widely reported private meeting with U.S. lawmakers at a Munich security conference last weekend, Secretary of State John Kerry told them the administration’s policies toward the bloody Syrian civil war weren’t cutting it. That’s a striking admission on the part of our chief diplomat. I agree with Kerry that things are going horribly for our interests in Syria,…

  • Commentary posted February 3, 2014 by Peter Brookes United world can meet Sochi threat

    When he’s not playing political strongman, Russian President Vladimir Putin likes to have some fun. There are lots of shots of him — often shirtless — atop a horse, tossing a judo opponent, even riding a great white shark … OK, well maybe that last one was Photoshopped. Anyway, you get the picture. But I can’t help but feel that it’s not so amusing to be the Russian…

  • Commentary posted January 7, 2014 by Peter Brookes Fallujah fall just the beginning -- Al Qaeda virus is virulent and spreading

    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…

  • Commentary posted January 3, 2014 by Peter Brookes What happens in Russia may not stay...

    This week’s terrorist bombings in Russia allegedly perpetrated by Islamist militants from the Caucasus region should be of deep concern to us — and not just because of the Winter Olympic Games next month in Sochi. Of course, the two bombings in two days in Volgograd that killed some 30 people do give us good reason for concern about the security of thousands of athletes…

  • Commentary posted December 23, 2013 by Peter Brookes U.S., Russia relations throw off sparks

    Early in the Obama administration, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov a mock-up of a large red button inscribed with the Russian word “reset.” Or so she thought. The button, meant to signify the start of a new relationship, actually was labeled with the Russian word for “overcharged,” according to Lavrov. Clinton, in her…

  • Commentary posted December 9, 2013 by Peter Brookes U.S. ‘not safer’ from al-Qaeda

    Years ago there was a popular TV commercial for an investment firm that proclaimed: When we talk, people listen. For the national security crowd, when the House and/or Senate intelligence chairs talk, people listen. And so should you. In a largely unheralded CNN interview last week congressional intelligence chiefs U.S. Rep Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Sen Dianne…

  • Commentary posted December 4, 2013 by Peter Brookes Military turbulence in skies off China

    With the recent declaration of a highly-restrictive air defense identification zone, or ADIZ, over a good chunk of the East China Sea, Beijing has skyrocketed regional tensions — just in time for Vice President Joe Biden’s visit, starting today. What was expected to be a fairly routine, show-the-flag stop for the Veep has now turned into a test of wills for the United…

  • Commentary posted October 31, 2013 by Peter Brookes U.S., Iraq at crossroads

    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…

  • Commentary posted October 25, 2013 by Peter Brookes Prez clueless over Mideast mayhem

    This week the president plugged the toll-free number for Obamacare, urging citizens to join by calling in rather than logging in if they want a health care policy. My question: Which toll-free number do we call if we’re looking for a foreign policy? The fact is that while we’ve been understandably distracted by domestic policy debates, Team Obama’s foreign policy…