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  • 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 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 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 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…

  • Commentary posted September 9, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez For Hispanics, the Lone Star State beats the Golden one

    The world provides us with countless case studies on the relative merits of free markets and central planning. In Asia and Europe we have seen the controlled experiments of the Koreas and the two postwar Germanys, admittedly extreme examples. In South America, we have consistently successful Chile and perennially chaotic Argentina. In this country, we have Texas and…

  • Commentary posted September 8, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez Conservatives must better understand recent history of Latin-Americans to win their support

    Half a century ago we saw the spark of powerful ideas that changed the face of America. Some became legislation, such as the War on Poverty. Others became potent cultural trends, like the sexual revolution. Less noticed but no less impactful was the onset of a radical change in our nation's demographic makeup. That millions of immigrants, the majority from Latin America,…

  • 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 September 8, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez The perfect storm that changed U.S. politics

    Half a century ago, we saw the spark of powerful ideas that changed the face of America. Some became legislation, such as the War on Poverty. Others became potent cultural trends, like the sexual revolution. Less noticed, but no less impactful, was the onset of a radical change in our nation's demographic makeup. That millions of immigrants, the majority from Latin…

  • Commentary posted September 3, 2014 by Jim Talent The U.S. Giant Slumbers

    The leaders of the Chinese Communist party (CCP) want China to achieve hegemonic control over East Asia extending at least throughout the East and South China Seas. They have claimed sovereignty over those waters and the islands they contain, and they are developing the means to enforce their claims by a massive military buildup that is shifting the balance of hard power…

  • Commentary posted September 2, 2014 by Jim Talent China Rising

    China recently conducted its third land-based missile-intercept test. These tests, most likely designed to facilitate “hit to kill” technologies critical for China’s missile defense and anti-satellite programs, are part of a well-planned, enormous military buildup in which the Chinese have been engaged for nearly 20 years. Here are some features of that effort: …

  • Backgrounder posted August 25, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez America Is Ill-Served by Its Government-Funded Area Studies and Foreign Policy Programs

    Midway through President Barack Obama’s second term, the United States finds itself besieged by explosive foreign policy crises, one of which has reached its own border. Despite White House spokesman Josh Earnest’s claims that the Administration has “substantially improved the tranquility of the global community,”[1] chaos is erupting all over the world. Tens of…

  • 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 17, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez Why America Must Stand Up for Hong Kong's Democracy Movement

    Loath to become the world’s policeman, the Obama administration has turned instead into its fireman. Hither and thither, the administration runs to different corners of the world trying to put out fires—today Central America, tomorrow Jerusalem, next week Syria. Such an approach may rack up air miles for the Secretary of State, but clearly, it’s no substitute for a…