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  • Commentary posted February 6, 2014 by Peter Brookes Syria a failure for U.S.

    In a now widely reported private meeting with U.S. lawmakers at a Munich security conference last weekend, Secretary of State John Kerry told them the administration’s policies toward the bloody Syrian civil war weren’t cutting it. That’s a striking admission on the part of our chief diplomat. I agree with Kerry that things are going horribly for our interests in Syria,…

  • Issue Brief posted November 5, 2013 by James Phillips Greater Iraqi–American Cooperation Needed on Counterterrorism, Syria, and Iran

    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki came to Washington last week in search of greater U.S. security assistance in battling the al-Qaeda-led insurgency that increasingly threatens Iraq's internal security as well as regional stability in the oil-rich Persian Gulf. The United States shares Maliki's goal of defeating al-Qaeda's franchise in Iraq, which has expanded into…

  • Commentary posted October 25, 2013 by Peter Brookes Prez clueless over Mideast mayhem

    This week the president plugged the toll-free number for Obamacare, urging citizens to join by calling in rather than logging in if they want a health care policy. My question: Which toll-free number do we call if we’re looking for a foreign policy? The fact is that while we’ve been understandably distracted by domestic policy debates, Team Obama’s foreign policy…

  • Commentary posted September 29, 2013 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. How to Handle Monsters

    It goes without saying that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a monster. He’s killed thousands of his own citizens, unleashed chemical weapons against rebels, and is closely associated with Iran’s dangerous rulers. But it also needs to be said, as President John Quincy Adams did, that the United States “goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy.” Adams was…

  • Commentary posted September 23, 2013 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Obama in the weed-choked Middle Eastern garden of Eden

    A world leader and brilliant diplomat. That’s how Anthony Eden saw himself. In 1956, during his second year as Britain's Prime Minister, he gave the green light to an audacious plan to topple the Egyptian government. Joining with the French, he would seize control of the Suez Canal, showing the world that Britain remained a preeminent power in the Middle East.…

  • Issue Brief posted September 19, 2013 by Baker Spring, Brett D. Schaefer Framework for Removing Syrian Chemical Weapons: Reasons for Skepticism

    The framework agreement for destroying Syria’s chemical weapons (CW) arsenal and its supporting infrastructure[1] is imprecise, unrealistic, and unlikely to be fulfilled. On the basis of the requirements of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which Syria has now agreed to join, and historical experience in executing the CWC, even under ideal circumstances and assuming…

  • Video Recorded on September 19, 2013 Obama, Kerry, and Syria: Brookes on 'Kudlow'

    Senior Fellow Peter Brookes discusses the tactics of President Obama and Sec. of State John Kerry in resolving the Syrian conflict on CNBC's 'The Kudlow Report'.…

  • Play Movie The President's Failed Syrian Strategy: Carafano on 'Fox & Friends' Video Recorded on September 14, 2013 The President's Failed Syrian Strategy: Carafano on 'Fox & Friends'

    Vice President Jim Carafano discusses President Obama's Syrian strategy on Fox News' 'Fox and Friends'.…

  • Play Movie Syrian Chemical Weapons: Heinrichs on CNN Video Recorded on September 12, 2013 Syrian Chemical Weapons: Heinrichs on CNN

    Fellow Rebeccah Heinrichs discusses the latest on Syrian chemical weapons on CNN's 'The Lead with Jake Tapper.'…

  • Issue Brief posted September 11, 2013 by Brett D. Schaefer, Steven Groves Syria Policy Should Be Driven by U.S. Interests, Not the U.N.

    There are good reasons why Americans, under the current circumstances, should question a military intervention in Syria.[1] But President Obama has muddied the waters further by giving as much weight to international law as he did to U.S. interests in presenting his case for military intervention, frequently expressing the need to enforce an “international norm”…

  • Issue Brief posted September 11, 2013 by The Heritage Foundation Syria: Heritage Foundation Recommendations

    In the aftermath of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons against Syrian opposition forces, the U.S. urgently needs to develop a strategy not only to counter Assad’s use of chemical weapons but protect American interests in the Syrian crisis. The Heritage Foundation has long been focused on developing such policies, as seen in the following…

  • Commentary posted September 11, 2013 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Obama's Next Foreign-Policy Team

    It was the most predictable speech of Barack Obama’s presidency. He spent 15 minutes pretending that he was master and commander driving Syria policy. The truth is the Oval Office has been dragged into the middle of war it desperately wanted to avoid. But events have landed the president in a bad place. It is clear he doesn’t have the confidence of the Congress. He…

  • Play Movie Finding and Disposing of Chemical Weapons in Syria: Bucci on CBS Video Recorded on September 11, 2013 Finding and Disposing of Chemical Weapons in Syria: Bucci on CBS

    Director Steve Bucci discusses finding and disposing of the chemical weapons in Syria on CBS.…

  • Commentary posted September 11, 2013 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. The Obama Doctrine has officially collapsed -- Putin is now in charge

    There were numerous oddball characters in “M.A.S.H.,” the old TV show about a surgical hospital in the battlefront in Korea. One of them, Major Winchester, considered himself the consummate practitioner. In one episode, he droned continually, "I do one thing. I do it very well...and then I move on." That fairly describes how President Obama would have described his…

  • Play Movie John Kerry and Syria: Holmes on 'Special Report' Video Recorded on September 11, 2013 John Kerry and Syria: Holmes on 'Special Report'

    Distinguished Fellow Kim Holmes discusses Secretary of State John Kerry's role in the Syrian conflict on Fox News' 'Special Report'.…