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  • Issue Brief posted October 23, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez Congress Must Stop Yet Another Attempt to Muffle Free Speech

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) might not be a household name, but it is a powerful federal agency. With an annual budget of $7.4 billion, it is “the funding source for approximately 24 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities.”[1] So when it decides to fund a major study aimed at reducing the diffusion of…

  • Commentary posted October 16, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez How Hong Kong’s History Set The Stage For Today’s Protests

    September 4, 1839 Start of the First Opium War between China and Great Britain. Although some historians and figures at the time, including our sixth president John Quincy Adams, believed this war was over free trade, it has always been China’s position that it was unfairly waged over the right to let Britain sell opium in China. Canton Commissioner Lin Tse-Hsu wrote…

  • Commentary posted October 16, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez Texas' Forgotten Heroes

    Juan Seguín, José Antonio Navarro, Lorenzo de Zavala. Recognize any of those names? If so, you know your Texas history well. If not, you may be a victim of political correctness. That’s because these three men don’t fit into the standard historical narrative in Texas. All were war heroes, fighting for Texas’ independence from Mexico and against Mexican President…

  • 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 October 8, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez The Big Lie We Tell ‘English Learners’

    City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and Milady Baez, the chief for “English-language learners,” are looking to increase dual-language programs, in which students receive instruction in both English and a second language. This is bad news for the kids, and the city. I know from personal experience. Start with the big picture: Multilingualism in a person is a great…

  • Commentary posted October 6, 2014 by Jim Talent America’s Strategic Drift

    America’s national-security policy is strategically adrift. But that’s nothing new. The ambiguity began more than 20 years ago, with the collapse of the Soviet Union. During the Cold War, the threat posed by the Soviets’ conventional and nuclear forces drove Washington’s defense programming and budgetary decisions. The collapse of the USSR, coupled with the failure of…

  • Commentary posted October 2, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez Another Freedom Group Abandoned by U.S.

    Hong Kong's pro-democracy demonstrators are but the latest freedom group to be abandoned by the Obama administration. The pattern was set in President Barack Obama's first year in office, when he committed his initial major foreign policy error by refusing to support pro-democracy demonstrators in Iran. And, although we didn't know it at the time, it was to be the…

  • 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 24, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez Taxpayer-Funded Indoctrination at Colleges Hinders U.S. Foreign Policy

    Nearly all parents (94 percent) surveyed by Pew Research three years ago said they wanted their children to go to university. But they might not be so anxious to send the kids to campus if they knew everything that gets taught on campus. Last week, for example, 10 major Jewish groups released a series of reports which charged that foreign policy programs at many…

  • Backgrounder posted September 24, 2014 by Charles "Cully" Stimson A Framework for an Authorization for Use of Military Force Against ISIS

    The Obama Administration is struggling both to define a comprehensive, coordinated strategy to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS),[1] a decade-old al-Qaeda–inspired terrorist organization, and to explain the national and international[2] legal basis for such military action. Some in Congress are considering proposing a joint resolution in the form of an…

  • 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 17, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez Can America Still Win the Information War?

    The U.S. Congress heard recently from the President that the world is a dangerous place and that we may need to defend our national security soon. That is as it should be. But before the first bullet is fired in most contests, there’s usually an information war that must be won, and there the Senate has dropped the ball by not taking up a House bill that reforms U.S.…

  • Commentary posted September 17, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez The Perfect Storm: Coming to (a New) America

    Though it was almost exactly four decades ago, I remember vividly everything about the day I arrived in this country. Everything was oddly familiar because like most people around the world, I had seen America, especially New York, on both the small and the big screen. My Cuban grandfather had gone to boarding school here in 1905, and my Spanish grandfather had vacationed…

  • 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 16, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez Obama to Latinos: I'm not that into you

    In the annals of cynical political maneuvers, President Obama’s decision to postpone executive action on immigration until after the election must win some sort of prize. It’s not just the rawness of the political calculation but also the chutzpah of insisting that the decision came because acting now would have doomed long-lasting reform. Nobody believes that, and the…