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  • Commentary posted January 20, 2016 by Stephen Moore Oil at $30 a Barrel

    The big fall off your chair moment during President Obama’s State of the Union address came when he proclaimed: “We’ve cut our imports of foreign oil by nearly sixty percent, and cut carbon pollution more than any other country on Earth. Gas under two bucks a gallon ain’t bad, either.” Sure, Mr. President. Take a bow for the smashing success of the very domestic oil and…

  • Commentary posted January 15, 2016 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. The Biggest Failure Obama Glossed Over In His State Of The Union

    President Obama made many reassuring remarks in last night’s State of the Union address. For example, he reminded the nation that he had assembled a coalition of over 60 countries to “stop the flow of terrorist fighters.” What he left out was that this coalition is weak and ineffective. It has completely failed to thwart one of the most powerful forces fueling…

  • Commentary posted January 15, 2016 by Peter Brookes Obama's Windy Letdown on State of World

    Listening to President Obama’s State of the Union speech this week, I couldn’t help but feel that he dealt with foreign policy and national security issues like the cop who doesn’t want a bunch of “rubberneckers” at an accident or crime scene. “Move along now folks … nothing to see here.” But, in fact, there’s plenty to see here and we, as the American people, aren’t…

  • Commentary posted December 10, 2015 by Peter Brookes Brookes: Prez Outmatched by Islamist Terrorists' Resolve

    After the San Bernardino terror attack, it’s getting awfully hard for anyone to argue that President Obama is fully on top of what may turn out to be this century’s epic struggle — the fight against violent Islamist extremism. Like many Americans, I found it painful to listen to the president’s Oval Office speech on Sunday calling on us to stay his chosen course in…

  • Commentary posted December 9, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. No Change of Course, of Course

    Yes, Mr. President, it was "an act of terrorism." The Obama administration has been so ineffective in reacting to the threat from the Islamic State (also called ISIS and ISIL) that hearing the president use that phrase to describe the San Bernardino attack felt like a real breakthrough. Unfortunately for a nation anxious to avoid becoming home to the next…

  • Commentary posted December 9, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez No New Strategies Were Delivered in Obama's Address on ISIS

    President Barack Obama clearly meant to convey the seriousness of the situation we currently face as a nation from the terrorist group known as the Islamic State (ISIS) by delivering his third address to the nation from the Oval Office Sunday night. The address, however, did not contain any new strategy, or any new ideas, about how to defeat a group that has in quick…

  • Commentary posted December 7, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez On Terrorism, President Obama Is Divorced from Reality

    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair strode into Washington last week speaking urgently about the need to have a long-term strategy to defeat Islamist extremism on the ground as well as ideologically, with both superior military force and confident Western values. It was as if he were a visitor not from the UK but from another planet. Washington is not exactly…

  • Commentary posted November 30, 2015 by Peter Brookes Brookes: ISIS gains strength on global scale

    No matter how President Obama disses or dismisses the media, Congress, his critics or skeptics — on both sides of the aisle — about his strategy against the Islamic State, the ISIS crisis isn’t getting any better. That’s certainly no comfort on the busiest travel day of the year and the beginning of the holiday season, when folks would rather think of the warm embrace…

  • Commentary posted November 30, 2015 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Whose values is Barack Obama promoting in Syria?

    The most serious problem with the Syrian refugees isn't that they'll bring terrorists with them. It's the war in Syria that made them refugees in the first place. President Barack Obama claims we have to admit refugees if we are to live up to our values. But he's the one who's sat on his hands as Syria burned. It's banal to say that concerns about terrorism are…

  • Commentary posted November 24, 2015 by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D. ISIS threat: Obama offers Hollande plenty of platitudes but no substance

    Francois Hollande’s trip to Washington Tuesday is probably the most important visit by a French president to the United States in decades. It comes against a backdrop of the biggest act of terror on French soil since the Nazi occupation in the 1940s. As Mr. Hollande has declared, France is “at war” with the Islamic State, responsible for massacring more than 130 people on…

  • Commentary posted November 18, 2015 by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D. Obama misses his Churchill moment after Paris attacks

    Following the ISIS attacks on Paris, to say that President Obama looks weak on the world stage would be an understatement. And Monday’s performance at the G-20 summit in Antalya, Turkey, was an embarrassment. In tone, his remarks were defiant, arrogant, and dismissive. In substance, he offered no ideas or proposals for combating the ISIS threat. Indeed, he openly…

  • Commentary posted November 5, 2015 by Peter Brookes Brookes: President muddles about in Syria, Iraq

    There’s a lot of confusion about the announcement by the White House late last week about the upcoming deployment of U.S. special operations forces to Syria, especially after President Obama repeatedly promised — going back to 2013 — no “boots on the ground.” If you’re perplexed by the news, don’t feel bad, there’s no shortage of people who are mystified by Team…

  • Commentary posted November 5, 2015 by Justin T. Johnson Budget Deal Shows Obama Hypocrisy on NDAA Veto

    This week Congress should pass the 2016 defense authorization bill –again. It will be virtually identical to the one that President Obama vetoed just weeks ago. The only change: a $5 billion reduction in costs so it complies with the budget deal reached last week. But passage of the up-dated authorization is no done deal. If Mr. Obama sticks to his guns, he could…

  • Commentary posted November 3, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. The Obama Way of War: Special Ops, Syria and History

    No respectable historian will find much to admire in the president's legacy as foreign policy and national security leader. Still, they may well bicker for many years over why he does what he does. The White House recently announced special operations forces are going into harm's way in Syria. That choice may be one of the defining moments historians seize on to…

  • Commentary posted October 27, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. O’s Afghan move a hopeful sign about America

    In response to what he called a “fragile” security situation in Afghanistan, President Obama recently announced plans to leave about 5,500 U.S. troops there when he leaves office. Yet more Americans paid attention to who was voted off “The Voice.” Many of us treat the battles in the birthplace of 9/11 like most other foreign policy issues — something for Washington to…