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  • Commentary posted November 24, 2014 by Peter Brookes Delayed Deal on Iran Nukes Better Than Bad Deal

    By the looks of it, the prospect of a nuclear deal between the United States and Iran by next Monday’s deadline doesn’t look promising — which is a good reason to start biting your nails right down to the quick. No, it’s not that if the negotiations fail Iran will — ta-dah! — pull out an A-bomb from beneath a Persian carpet. Rather the concern is that Team Obama will cut…

  • Commentary posted November 17, 2014 by Peter Brookes ‘Green Men’ Returning to Ukraine

    If you haven’t noticed, Team Obama’s policy of “isolating” Russia for its bad behavior in Ukraine isn’t going very well. Indeed, one could say the approach is not only failing, but terribly so. Russia’s on a roll. First, NATO reports that Russian forces — troops, artillery, tanks and air defense systems — recently moved across the border into Ukraine despite a September…

  • Commentary posted November 17, 2014 by Peter Brookes ‘Green Men’ Returning to Ukraine

    If you haven’t noticed, Team Obama’s policy of “isolating” Russia for its bad behavior in Ukraine isn’t going very well. Indeed, one could say the approach is not only failing, but terribly so. Russia’s on a roll. First, NATO reports that Russian forces — troops, artillery, tanks and air defense systems — recently moved across the border into Ukraine despite a September…

  • Commentary posted October 31, 2014 by Peter Brookes Obama Lacks Urgency in Taking on Islamic State Threat

    If the recent “lone wolf” terror attacks here and in Canada were inspired by Islamist terrorist propaganda such as that ginned up by the Islamic State (aka ISIS or ISIL), wouldn’t it make sense to snuff out the inspiration for that violent extremism? Uh, yeah! In other words, turning up the heat on the Islamic State — which has truly become a social media…

  • Commentary posted October 9, 2014 by Peter Brookes ISIS Not a Passing Thunderstorm

    Some folks seem to think that the threat posed by the Islamic State (aka ISIS or ISIL) is being blown way out of proportion. In other words, this violent Islamist extremist group isn’t really that big of a deal. If that were only the case. On the contrary, the magnitude of the threat from the Islamic State is increasingly clear. As events unfold, it turns out to be…

  • Commentary posted September 26, 2014 by Peter Brookes Al-Qaeda Dead-Enders Alive, Kicking

    While the dramatic U.S. and Arab air attacks this week in Syria on the Islamic State (aka ISIS or ISIL) should be welcomed, the real story is the strikes on the shadowy al-Qaeda-affiliated terror group Khorasan. Who? Yeah, that’s what a lot of folks said. It turns out that the supposed al-Qaeda on-the-run crowd wasn’t actually surrendering, but instead was hoofing…

  • Commentary posted September 18, 2014 by Peter Brookes O’s to-do list: Gain allies’ aid, take ISIS fight to Syria

    Lots of folks — especially those increasingly alarmed by the rise of the Islamic State (aka ISIS or ISIL) — breathed a forceful sigh of relief when President Obama finally offered up a plan last week for dealing with this terrorist “army.” Perhaps, he’d seen the light at last, they reasoned. Unfortunately, what we’re finding out is that the administration is only…

  • Commentary posted September 16, 2014 by Peter Brookes President Obama too fond of fairy tales

    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. Why? The speech — given in the shadow of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks — cut sharply counter to the “wishful-thinking” narrative…

  • Commentary posted September 8, 2014 by Peter Brookes Wolves at NATO’s door

    Today’s NATO Summit in Wales, where the leaders of 28 European and North American countries, including the United States, will meet to address pressing security challenges, is arguably the most important in a generation. Why? The wolves are at the door. The NATO allies must find a way to deal successfully with both Russia’s muscle-flexing in Eastern Europe and the…

  • Commentary posted August 19, 2014 by Peter Brookes Critical Time for Deterring Putin

    Russia could double down on Ukraine anytime now. Undeterred by the West’s questionable response to the tragic Malaysian airliner shoot-down — or the moral and material support to the Ukrainian rebels — or the carving off of Crimea, Russia seems ready to roll. News reports indicate Moscow has bumped up Russian forces near the Ukrainian border to some 20,000 troops for…

  • Commentary posted July 17, 2014 by Peter Brookes Al-Qaeda on Run? Try on the Hunt

    With sweltering summer heat and long lines, no one can be happy about the latest Transportation Security Administration edict on powering up cellphones (and other devices) before heading to the gate at some overseas airports. Sure, it’s another TSA “hassle,” but the new rule is for a deadly serious reason. The Department of Homeland Security believes — based on…

  • Commentary posted July 8, 2014 by Peter Brookes Terrorist Caliphate May Crumble

    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…

  • Commentary posted June 12, 2014 by Peter Brookes Syrian Islamists Spread Terror Network Into Iraq

    Earlier this week on these very pages I warned about the rise of violent Islamist extremism, not exclusively but especially in Syria. Unfortunately, in just a few short days, the situation has gotten worse. I’m thinking about Iraq. On Tuesday, Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, was overrun by an al-Qaeda “offshoot,” the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS — a…

  • Commentary posted June 9, 2014 by Peter Brookes Islamist Threat on the Rise

    Since the national conversation of late has been riveted on terrorism spurred on by the controversy swirling around the Taliban prisoner swap, it’s a good time to take stock of the state of Islamist militancy. Bottom line? The threat is getting worse. For instance, for the year 2013, the State Department estimated that terrorist attacks jumped more than 40 percent…

  • 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.”…