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  • Issue Brief posted April 15, 2014 by David Inserra, Charles "Cully" Stimson The DREAM Act in the NDAA: Wrong for National and Homeland Security

    Under current law, lawful permanent residents (LPRs) are eligible to volunteer to serve in the United States military. If they pass the strict qualification requirements applicable to all who seek to serve, they can serve in the armed forces of the United States, and once they are in the armed forces, they may apply for expedited consideration for U.S. citizenship, which…

  • Commentary posted April 11, 2014 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Our Army's uncivil war

    After battling Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, al-Qaida, the Taliban, forest fires, hurricanes and floods, America's Army is now fighting itself. This battle of brothers, however, is over how to downsize in the face of cuts imposed by the Obama administration. Skirmishes have spilled into the halls of Congress and governors' offices nationwide. Winners and losers might…

  • Commentary posted April 6, 2014 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Five of the Obama Doctrine's stealth foreign policy failures

    On a Moscow train platform, two men smoke and swap rumors in the frozen evening air. “I hear they've raised the Russian flag in Donetsk?” one says. “I hear Crimea, too.” So reports freelance journalist Noah Sneider in Slate. As Russian troops hoisted their flag over Crimea, President Obama's highly touted “reset” diplomacy crashed and burned. The Russian reset was…

  • 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 30, 2014 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Learn from Iraq: don’t abandon Afghanistan

    Former secretary of state, national security adviser and Nobel Peace Prize winner Henry Kissinger is, by all measures, a foreign policy heavy weight. At a recent black-tie dinner, he stood—stoop-shouldered and peering imperiously over his signature thick, black-frame glasses—and remarked: “Unilateral withdrawal is not victory.” Whom could he have been talking…

  • Commentary posted March 30, 2014 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Free nations should band together to promote shared values

    Americans wanted to know how the president planned to end the Great War and prevent the next one. And so, on September 27, 1918, Woodrow Wilson took to the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House. There, amid the beaux arts glitter and gilt, he declared that what the world needed was a League of Nations. The president expected it to be the speech of his life, but he was…

  • Issue Brief posted March 28, 2014 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Nile Gardiner, Ph.D., Luke Coffey, Dakota Wood If Russia Attacks: How the U.S. Should Respond to Further Aggression Against Ukraine

    After Russia’s illegal invasion, occupation, and subsequent annexation of Crimea, there is a concern that Moscow will not stop until all of Ukraine is under Russia’s control. By invading Crimea, the regime of President Vladimir Putin has made it impossible any longer to consider Russia a responsible nation or suitable partner for the United States in solving regional and…

  • Commentary posted March 28, 2014 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Jet-setting Obama can't flee foreign policy failures

    Having done his darndest in The Hague, Barack Obama is taking his “cast of 100s” caravan to the sands of the Saudis. Riyadh may seem a strange place to end a European tour, but Mr. Obama often does the unexpected. What he does not do when travelling, however, is deal directly with the really bad stuff. Even at The Hague, as tens of thousands of Russian troops massed…

  • Commentary posted March 28, 2014 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Five Reasons Cold War II Isn't Happening

    At a press conference in the Hague, President Obama dismissed the suggestion that Mitt Romney had been right in 2012 to peg Moscow as America’s top strategic challenge. "The truth of the matter is that America's got a whole lot of challenges,” Mr. Obama said. “Russia is a regional power that is threatening some of its immediate neighbors, not out of strength but out of…

  • 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 24, 2014 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Time for a Foreign Policy Based on Character, Not Contention

    Bold prediction: By 2015, everyone running for president will be running against President Obama’s foreign policy.   But the current crop of likely conservative candidates has, collectively, done little to lay claim to the right’s traditional mantle of national-security leadership. And squabbling amongst themselves is certainly no way to win it back. Even MSNBC gets…

  • Commentary posted March 23, 2014 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Active and reserve forces are all on the same Army team

    Running for president in 1968, Richard Nixon made a bold promise: He would end the draft. And he did. The Pentagon switched to an "all-volunteer force." But recruiting and retaining volunteers costs more. That, paired with pressure to reduce defense spending, made reliance on the Army Reserve and National Guard essential. Unless mobilized, reserves can be maintained…

  • Commentary posted March 16, 2014 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. It's time to realize that Vladimir Putin can't be trusted

    Who killed Kennedy? The CIA. Who introduced AIDS to Africa? The CIA. Sure, it's crazy talk. But those stories were two of Moscow's most successful disinformation campaigns during the Cold War. And now Vladimir Putin is reviving these dirty tricks. That's the argument made in Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom,…

  • Commentary posted March 11, 2014 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Why Hating Spies Is All the Rage

    Glenn Greenwald is at it again. His latest releases of classified documents provided by Edward Snowden reveal various spy tradecraft, a litany of “dirty tricks,” that agencies might use to get at an intelligence target. These latest revelations only show how far the un-caped crusaders have drifted from their messianic mission of uncovering “wrongdoing” by those who are…

  • 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…