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  • Commentary posted April 8, 2014 by Lisa Curtis Afghan election: After encouraging turnout, Obama must stick with support for war-torn country

    Afghans went to the polls Saturday, but results won’t be in for at least another two weeks. If none of the candidates wins a majority of votes (the most likely scenario), a run-off election will have to be held probably in late May or early June. The Taliban did their best to deter voting and undermine the electoral process in Afghanistan. In the weeks running up to…

  • 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 31, 2014 by Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D. Obama fails the Crimea Rorschach test

    Think of the Ukraine crisis as a Rorschach test. Russia has shown President Obama an inkblot that looks like a bear, and all he sees is a frightened rabbit. Vladimir Putin’s designs on Ukraine could not be clearer. Yet Mr. Obama clings to the notion that Moscow is motivated by weakness and fear. Russia is acting, he says, “not out of strength, but out of weakness,”…

  • 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 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 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 25, 2014 by Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D. A Cold War Lesson For Ukraine

    There's been a lot of talk about how Russia's invasion of Crimea means a return to the Cold War. History never repeats itself exactly (it merely echoes). But there are actually some lessons from the Cold War which could be applicable to the crisis in Ukraine. The first is that facts on the ground matter. The Soviet Union occupied half of Europe after World War II more or…

  • 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 21, 2014 by Elizabeth Slattery, Andrew Kloster Obama's Presidency Is Increasingly Lawless

    Stretching executive power beyond the bounds of reasonableness has been a hallmark of President Obama’s administration. When his policies fail to make it through Congress, he imposes “laws” by executive fiat. When he disagrees with the law or finds it politically expedient not to enforce the law, he ignores it, skirts it or makes dubious claims of prosecutorial…

  • Commentary posted March 20, 2014 by James Sherk Goodbye, flexible work arrangements

    Millions of salaried workers may soon lose flexibility in how they work. President Obama plans to cover them under federal overtime regulations. This won't raise their pay. It will, however, effectively convert them into hourly workers - putting the kibosh on the flexible work arrangements many employees value. Hourly employees get paid time-and-a-half for working more…

  • Commentary posted March 17, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Qualified ambassador applicants need not apply

    ”I’m no real expert on China.” Sobering words to hear from the man nominated by President Obama to be U.S. ambassador to China. That’s what Sen. Max Baucus said during his confirmation hearing in January when asked some detailed questions about U.S.-China policy. At least Mr. Baucus had actually been to China. Not all of President Obama’s nominees for ambassadorships…

  • Commentary posted March 17, 2014 by Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D. Gambling with national security

    President Obama is shrinking America’s armed forces, and his admirers say: “Why not?” The U.S. always draws down its military forces at the end of wars. Just look at what happened after World War II, Vietnam and the end of the Cold War. Mr. Obama, they say, is merely adjusting America’s defense posture to the “strategic realities” of postwar peace.   There’s just one…

  • Commentary posted March 9, 2014 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Nuclear Zero Is Dead

    It didn’t capture the public’s imagination like “An Inconvenient Truth.” But the 2010 documentary “Countdown to Zero” was just as passionate in its cause as Al Gore’s global warming opus had been. “Countdown’s” mission was clear: rally the people to banish nuclear weapons from the face of the earth. And it was all to start with a voluntary reduction in the arsenals of…

  • Commentary posted March 8, 2014 by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D. The crisis in Ukraine - America can be deferrential no more

    The Obama administration's Russian reset, designed by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was premised on the idea of Russia as a partner with the United States. Hand in hand, the former rivals would address the major international crises of the day. This initiative will be remembered as one of the biggest foreign policy follies of the modern era — a staggeringly…

  • Commentary posted March 7, 2014 by Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D. Will Obama, Kerry cave on Ukraine just like they caved on Syria?

    The Obama administration would like nothing more than to find an off ramp from the Ukrainian crisis. An unwelcome distraction from its domestic agenda, Ukraine is also dangerous territory for an administration that is unsure of its footing in foreign policy.  The last thing President Obama wants is an ongoing international crisis that could focus attention on the need…