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  • Commentary posted August 3, 2015 by Peter Brookes As Syrian regime teeters, Obama lacks a plan

    Tired of the bantering about the deeply-flawed Iran nuclear deal? No worries, there are plenty of other scary scenarios to mull over during your morning coffee beyond the ayatollahs splitting atoms. For instance, what’s our plan for when the regime of Syria’s Bashar Assad falls? Yes, I said “falls.” If you haven’t noticed, things are looking pretty darned bleak for…

  • Commentary posted July 23, 2015 by Peter Brookes Problems with Iran likely to worsen with pact

    It turns out the Iran nuke deal is a lot like the guy or gal you spy across the room at a dimly-lit party who from afar seems quite alluring — that is, until you get closer and realize the object of your affection isn’t what you had hoped for. Not by a long stretch. For instance, the original idea of a nuclear agreement with Tehran started out with the goal of Iran…

  • Commentary posted July 20, 2015 by Peter Brookes Terror state will likely ramp up Mideast mischief

    One of the most troubling elements of the Iranian nuclear deal is the financial lifeline it throws to Tehran by lifting the punitive economic sanctions slapped on it because of bad behavior on atomic affairs. While estimates vary, we’re talking about Tehran pocketing well north of $100 billion — as a start — on “implementation day,” the point at which Iran meets its…

  • Commentary posted July 16, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez Bad Deals With Iran, Cuba -- And Their Human Rights Records Are Worse

    First Cuba. Now Iran. It can be painful watching President Obama strike deals with some of the world’s most odious regimes. But as the spotlight of misguided diplomacy shines on these pariah states, it gives those who actually care about human rights a chance to educate onlookers about what life is really like for those beneath the boots of the Castros and the…

  • Commentary posted July 13, 2015 by Peter Brookes Deadline for Iran deal today. Or not

    From watching the nuclear negotiations between Iran and six world powers (United States, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia), it seems that in Obama World a “deadline” with Iran is a “deadline,” except when it isn’t. A lot like a “red line” with Syria over chemical weapons. Washington’s threats of walking away from the nuclear talks (or inflicting punishment…

  • Commentary posted July 6, 2015 by Peter Brookes Deal or no deal, Iran still a threat

    With the deadline pushed off until July 7, I’m betting that an Iran nuke deal actually will be trumpeted over the July 4 holiday weekend, since the best time to put out controversial news in Washington, D.C., is near or over a break. Why? Well, most Americans will be distracted by festivities of fireworks, food and family, giving Team Obama plenty of time to get…

  • Commentary posted July 2, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez Spain's Podemos Could Make Greece Look Like Child's Play

    Sick of what Greece is doing to your 401(k)? Well, there’s a bigger threat looming in the form of a far leftist movement in a larger Mediterranean country. Spain’s Podemos party has just taken over the country’s biggest cities. Oh, and it really doesn’t care about your capitalist savings. Podemos, or “We Can” in Spanish—one of its regional affiliates is actually called…

  • Issue Brief posted July 1, 2015 by Salim Furth, Ph.D., James M. Roberts, Mike Gonzalez, Norbert J. Michel, Ph.D. Puerto Rico Needs Economic Freedom, Not Bailouts

    Puerto Rico is in a debt crisis, and Governor Alejandro García Padilla (D) has announced that “the debt is not payable” given the commonwealth’s large deficits and collapsing economy.[1] Presenting a government-commissioned report, economist Anne Krueger explained that the origin of Puerto Rico’s debt is decades of stimulus spending and economic stagnation: Since 1996,…

  • Commentary posted June 25, 2015 by Peter Brookes Terror threat heats up as ISIS influence grows

    I hate to roust you from your well-deserved summer snooze, but I continue to get a sinking feeling about the threat of the Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) here in the homeland. Understandably reluctant to lift your head from the hammock in the heat, you ask, “Why?” Well, pass me your beach shovel and I’ll scribble some statistics here in the sand while you wipe…

  • Commentary posted June 18, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez Europe's Struggles With Multiculturalism Can Teach America Lessons

    Watching Europeans grapple with multiculturalism as they attempt to stem the growth of Islamist ideology at home can be instructive. It may even convince U.S. leaders of the wisdom of once again assimilating immigrants to a unique American culture and set of national principles. In Germany, one of the most controversial aspects of multiculturalism, granting different…

  • Commentary posted June 15, 2015 by Peter Brookes U.S. has power to stop train wreck in Iraq, Syria

    The unfolding political, humanitarian and security disaster involving Iraq, Syria and the Islamic State is like watching a slow-motion train wreck. You desperately want to look away, but you can’t. While President Obama has been tagged with not having a “complete strategy” for dealing with the Islamic State, based on his own G-7 summit comments this week, the fact is…

  • Commentary posted June 8, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez Burma Is A Bad Omen For Hopes Of Change In Cuba

    Cubans beware: President Obama thinks that his Burma policy is a success and of a piece with his approach to Havana. Burma and Cuba are half the world apart and couldn’t be more different. The first is Asian, mostly Buddhist but with a beleaguered Muslim minority, and has a population of 50 million. Cuba is in the Caribbean, mainly Catholic but with syncretic,…

  • Commentary posted June 5, 2015 by Peter Brookes Kim’s nukes, China’s ‘islands’ ominous signs in Asia

    The storm clouds of confrontation continue to form over East Asia — even since I scribbled about it in these pages last month (see my May 1 Herald column, “U.S. should up its game to protect Asian interests”). Like a threatening weather pattern stalled ominously over the region, the chances of the dark gray thunder clouds of conflict clearing out anytime soon isn’t…

  • Commentary posted May 28, 2015 by Charles "Cully" Stimson A way forward on the Patriot Act

    "We've got to figure some way out of this." That's Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, referring to congressional deadlock over key provisions of the Patriot Act that are about to expire. The question, amid concerns over government data-gathering and the dramatic uptick in terrorist attacks, is what that way should be. Like it or not, the United States is at war…

  • Commentary posted May 21, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez Why a spirited, moral defense of human rights overseas is in our national interest

    Two little-known bills in Congress—one on world press freedom, the other on Hong Kong—seek to reassert the idea that a moral defense of human rights overseas is in U.S. national interests. It’s a concept worthy of a full airing over the next 18 months as candidates of both parties seek the presidency. One of the bills is sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio (R – Fla.), who…