Why Trump Is Now Pressuring China and North Korea at the Same Time
At this moment, Carrier Strike Group 1 of the U.S. Navy, led by the USS Carl Vinson, was supposed to be sailing from Singapore to Australia. Instead, it is sailing toward the Korean peninsula, headed for the Sea of Japan. ...
In 2004 Fallujah, a Lesson for 2017 Mosul
Every day the coalition conducts air strikes in Mosul. Those strikes support Iraqi and embedded U.S. coalition ground forces by destroying Daesh (ISIS) personnel in their redoubts. Nearly all the bombs hit their targets without any civilian loss.
What to Make of the Passenger-Jet Laptop Ban
There’s a new ban. From the end of this week, passengers on certain airlines traveling from varied Muslim-majority nations in the Middle East and North Africa to the U.S. and Britain will have to check their laptop-sized electronic ...
WikiLeaks’s CIA Revelations Will Hurt U.S. Alliances
Intelligence Operational Rule No. 1: Don’t get caught.
Intelligence Operational Rule No. 2: In the wilderness of mirrors, a source may have many faces.
On Tuesday, WikiLeaks released thousands of top-secret CIA documents outlining the penetration of encrypted-communication platforms. WikiLeaks claims ...
Three Immediate Priorities for McMaster
In 2005, Colonel Herbert McMaster prioritized victory above promotion. Attempting to secure Tal Afar, a city in northern Iraq, McMaster faced a big problem: He was witnessing an insurgency that was warping from nationalism into Salafi jihadism, and he knew that ...
Trump — and Putin’s Art of the Ukrainian Deal
In the past few days, renewed fighting has broken out in southeastern Ukraine. It’s Donald Trump’s second major foreign-policy test as president. (The first was last weekend’s U.S. Special Operations raid against al-Qaeda.)
This escalation is ...
Five Things We Learned from the Trump–May Press Conference
On Friday, President Trump held a press conference with British prime minister Theresa May. It was his first presidential meeting with a foreign leader, and the Trump we saw today was very different from the Trump we have seen before.
What Might Trump’s Inaugural Mean for American Foreign Policy?
Trump’s inaugural address was a natural extension of his campaign speeches. It was brash, bold, nationalistic, and focused on a few key themes. Still, while the speech was driven by domestic concerns, it did offer some interesting foreign-policy takeaways.
Slow Progress in Mosul Is Harming U.S. Interests
All things are ready, if our minds be so.
— Shakespeare, Henry V
Iraq’s battle for Mosul is not going well.
Hundreds of Iraq’s most elite military personnel have been killed in action and thousands more wounded. Daesh — also ...
How Trump Can Stop Erdoğan from Playing the United States
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has big ambitions. He wants to become an Imam Ataturk, a leader who replaces Turkey’s national secularism with autocratic political Islam.
But this week, by claiming the United States supports ISIS, Erdogan crossed a ...
Obama’s Policy on Saudi Arabia Is Based in Delusion and Ego
In protest against Saudi Arabia’s military-targeting procedures in Yemen, the White House is suspending some arms transfers to the Kingdom. But rhetoric aside, it’s a half-hearted move.
The U.S. will continue supporting refueling missions for Saudi jets ...
Why Our Allies Love James Mattis and Our Adversaries Fear Him
“I don’t have worry and stress. I cause worry and stress.”
— James Mattis, speaking at the Aspen Institute, July 20, 2013
Jim Mattis is comfortable with hard missions. His service record proves it. ...
Why Mike Flynn Is the Wrong Pick for National-Security Adviser
On paper, Michael Flynn seems like a perfect fit for the post of Trump’s national-security adviser.
A former three-star general who led major intelligence operations across the globe, he has vast experience. Confronting a dangerous world, America’s next ...
Here’s Who Trump Should Pick for His National-Security Team
As president-elect, Donald Trump will now receive much more in-depth intelligence briefings. Learning of reality, he’ll then have two choices: He can continue to pretend that Russian president Vladimir Putin is an American friend and that the United States ...
Brexit: British Judges Defy British People
Yesterday, the High Court in London (third in judicial primacy after Britain’s Court of Appeals and Supreme Court) made a stunning ruling against Brexit.
The British Government, it said, currently lacks the authority to exit the European Union. To ...
Why the U.S. Role in Mosul Is Crucial
Approaching from the east and south, Iraqi forces have begun operations to retake Mosul. Their fight will not be easy. While ISIS, or Daesh, knows it will lose the city, it hopes to make the Battle of Mosul as militarily ...
Turning Aleppo and U.S. credibility to dust, the Assad-Putin-Khamenei axis rumbles on. And ISIS is a prime benefactor of the killing. In cleansing eastern Syria of its Sunni population in order to carve out an Alawite stronghold, Assad and ...
Why Russia Bombed the Aid Convoy
On Monday, Russian forces bombed a humanitarian convoy in Syria. They destroyed 18 aid trucks and killed 20 civilians. But to understand why the Russians did so, you should first search “Putin pen” on YouTube. Watch the final 45 seconds and you’ll ...
Why — and How — the U.S. Navy Must Send Iran a Message
The Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) continues to threaten the U.S. Navy. In recent weeks, the IRGC’s Naval component has conducted numerous simulated swarm-attacks against U.S. Navy vessels in the Persian Gulf. In each case, IRGC sailors have ...
Three Reasons Russia Is Escalating in Syria against the U.S.
On all fronts — diplomatic, military, covert-action, and economic — Russia is escalating against the United States in Syria. Timing is everything: There are three reasons that Russia is choosing this moment to act.
First off: January 20, 2017. Put simply, Vladimir Putin wants ...
Last Tuesday, President Obama admitted the difficult state of U.S.–Russian relations.
“But, it’s not going to stop us from still trying to pursue solutions so that we can, for example, implement the Minsk Agreement and get Russia ...
How Erdogan Is Rolling the Dice, and How/Why America Must Check Him
Lesson number one: Don’t coup it if you can’t do it. Breaking their institutional track record of highly successful coups, elements of the Turkish military failed in their effort to remove President Erdogan from power.
Erdogan, understandably, is ...
On Syria, Turkey Bows to Putin’s Will
Syria’s Civil War is a Shakespearean mix of vicious brutality and unending political intrigue. And this week, Turkey added another plot twist. Speaking yesterday, Turkey’s recent-to-the-job prime minister, Binali Yildirim, announced: “I am sure that we will return ...
How Britain’s Left Is Conspiring to Prevent Brexit
According to Downing Street, a second Brexit referendum is “not remotely on the cards.” Listening to the British Left, however, you’d think a repeat vote was already a done deal. After all, even though a clear majority of Britons ...
ISIS’s Recruiting Strategy: Use Technology to Turn Losers into Terrorists
Omar Mateen, the Orlando shooter, and many of his terrorist colleagues are not simply moral cretins: They are losers. Often feeling their life has been a failure, these terrorists choose to pursue a stolen destiny rather than introspection. Where most ...
Germany Takes Down an ISIS Cell: Five Takeaways
Earlier today, launching simultaneous raids in three German towns, counter-terrorism officers arrested three Syrian men. Another Syrian man was detained in France in February, after apparently surrendering to authorities. Those detained are believed to be Daesh (or ISIS) terrorists who ...
Obama’s Hiroshima Visit Epitomizes His Failed Foreign Policy
Tomorrow, President Obama will visit Hiroshima, the city destroyed on August 6, 1945 by an American atomic bomb. And while we don’t know exactly what Obama will say, aspiring-poet-turned-Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes suggests that his boss’s remarks will ...
The Baghdad Bombings and Three Observations on ISIS’s Evolving Strategy
Nearly 100 people were killed Wednesday in three coordinated Daesh — also known as ISIS — attacks on Shiite Muslims in Baghdad. This was not random Daesh violence. Instead, these atrocities were planned in direct consideration of Daesh’s evolving strategy. On that ...
Why Obama’s Iraq Policy Is Collapsing
Iraq faces two major crises: its continuing war with Daesh (also known as ISIS) and the political situation in Baghdad. And while each poses serious challenges to U.S. national security, both are being neglected by President Obama.
On the ...
Putin’s Gun vs. Obama’s Pen
In international relations, an effective message needs both constructive content and form. Consider the latest messages by President Obama and Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, on Syria.
On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported the Obama administration’s warnings that ...
Four Reasons It’s Time to Retake Raqqa
“Lots of work, slow is smooth and smooth is fast. Around every corner could be a world of hurt and on more than one occasion I remember whoever was on point saying “Oh s**t!” and then gunfire. Tough work.”
Two Lessons from the Slaughter in Brussels
At least three — probably four — jihadists have carried out two separate attacks in Brussels. Three attackers were involved in strikes at the airport in Brussels, and one set off an explosion at Maelbeek metro station. More than 30 people are dead. ...
How the New ISIS List Will Help Prevent Attacks on the West
German and British news outlets have attained what appears to be a biographical list of thousands of ISIS fighters. And while analysts Wassim Nasr and Charlie Winter have noted that the list-form has some oddities that are incongruent with other ...
Why the ISIS WMD Threat Is Massively Underestimated
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light / As under a green sea, I saw him drowning. – Wilfred Owen, “Dulce et Decorum Est”
Chemical agents, by disrupting a military adversary and sowing terror among its civilian population, make for ...
Putin’s Syria Red-Line Strategy
‘I saw a stone cold killer.” That’s former Defense secretary Robert Gates, on looking into Vladimir Putin’s eyes.
The histories of the Syrian civil war will record an abundance of bloody red lines. History will recall how Assad ...
To Counter Putin, More Spending and More Resolve
According to the New York Times, President Obama will seek a $2.9 billion spending increase for U.S. military operations in Europe. The money will be spent pre-positioning U.S. armored units in Eastern Europe to deter Russian aggression.
This is ...
Obama, Iran, and the Kidnapping of Realism
‘Inspectors will monitor Iran’s key nuclear facilities 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” President Obama promised yesterday. Praising the Iran deal’s implementation, he asserted that Iran cannot build a nuclear weapon and that the Middle East has been ...
After Istanbul’s Suicide Bombing, Will Turkey Escalate Its Campaign against ISIS?
Today, an ISIS suicide bomber murdered at least ten civilians, including eight Germans, in Istanbul. The killer, identified by Turkey as a male ISIS fighter, detonated his explosives in a crowded tourist area close to the Blue Mosque and the ...
The Execution of Nimr al-Nimr and Obama’s Failed Policy in the Middle East
‘Without a doubt, the unlawfully shed blood of this innocent martyr will have a rapid effect and the divine vengeance will befall Saudi politicians.”
That was how Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, responded to Saudi Arabia’s execution Saturday ...
Three Takeaways from the Ramadi Battle against ISIS
Iraqi forces will soon take control of Ramadi, capital of Iraq’s Anbar Province. As I noted before Ramadi fell to ISIS, Ramadi will play a significant role in the future of Iraq’s cross-sectarian democracy — if that comes to ...
In a Challenge to Iran, and Sidelining Obama, the Saudis Announce an Alliance of 34 Nations
‘We are committed that if Iran should try to cause mischief in the region — we are committed to confront it resolutely. And so we are looking at this agreement and we will be studying it, and we will be discussing ...
Another Knife Attack by a Jihadist in London — But #YouAintNoMuslimBruv Is a Good Sign
‘This is for Syria!”
Echoing the Paris terrorists, a terrorist screamed that ISIS threat as he attacked passengers at a London Tube station Saturday. Fortunately, while he cut the throats of two innocent victims, police Tasered the 29-year-old terrorist before ...
Turkey Downs Russian Jet, Putin Threatens Retaliation: What to Expect Next
Earlier today, a flight of Turkish Air Force F-16s shot down a Russian SU-24 strike aircraft. Turkey insists that it repeatedly warned the SU-24 crew to avoid Turkish sovereign airspace. According to Turkey and NATO (now holding emergency meetings), ...
Obama’s Fecklessness on ISIS Pushes France into Putin’s Arms
‘You don’t win a war with planes, so we need ground forces.”
Those words, spoken yesterday to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, are very important — because they were offered on American television by France’s ambassador to the United States. ...
Jihadi John’s Destruction Would Be a Great Blow to ISIS’s Morale
Few individuals deserved to eat a Hellfire missile as much as Mohammed Emwazi — a.k.a. Jihadi John, aka the Masked Coward. Responsible for torturing and slaughtering Western hostages and innocent Muslims with grotesque zeal, Emwazi has been a human ...
Why It Appears That the Sinai Flight Was Bombed – Possibly by ISIS
OSINT: Open Source Intelligence. The digital age has made OSINT a critical tool of any journalist. After all, with some background knowledge or experience, it’s possible to search through online news reports and social media to find location-specific reports ...
Jimmy Carter Endorses Putin’s Scheme for Syria
Although unsuccessful, Operation Eagle Claw — the April 1980 effort to rescue U.S. Embassy staff from Tehran — was immensely courageous. Eight Americans gave their lives in that mission. But President Carter also showed great courage in ordering the highly complex operation ...
Iran and Obama’s Ballistic Delusion
Yesterday, President Obama signed off on sanctions relief for Iran. The relief will take effect when the International Atomic Energy Agency verifies Iran has cut its enriched-uranium stocks, restructured its heavy-water facility at Arak, and dismantled its centrifuges. In a ...
A Teenager, a Cleric, and a Strategic Landmine for Saudi Arabia
Governments in the Middle East aren’t exactly renowned for celebrating free speech. Yet there’s something especially concerning about the case of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr. From 2011-2012, while he was 16 and 17 years-old, al-Nimr protested against Saudi Arabia’s anti-Shiite ...
Obama’s Cluster of Mistakes in Syria
In the movie Heartbreak Ridge, Clint Eastwood plays Marine gunnery sergeant Tom Highway. At one point, Highway is asked to assess a battle-readiness exercise. His response is priceless. But if we’re to believe Nancy Youssef (and I do), as ...
Trump Has Three Good Options against Assad
Yesterday, President Trump put Assad on notice.
Facing Assad’s latest chemical atrocity, Trump’s anger was visible. There was an unusually somber quality to the president at his press conference with King Abdullah of Jordan. Referencing other recent chemical ...
What Britain Must Ask Itself after London Attacks
At 2:40 p.m. London time, a terrorist drove a vehicle into pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge. Then, reaching the north side of the bridge over the River Thames, he smashed into the gates of the British Parliament. Leaving his ...
Five Ways Trump Should Leverage American Ground Troops in Syria
As I explained last week, the recent deployment of U.S. Marines and Army Rangers to Syria — with more troops likely to be sent in the near future — represents an evolution of American strategy.
Yet these ground forces also give ...
What Mattis’s Plan to Defeat ISIS Should Look Like
Defense Secretary Mattis has presented the White House with his plan to defeat Daesh (also known as ISIS). That President Trump requested and received this plan so quickly is important.
Daesh remains a serious threat to American, regional, and international ...
A National-Security Deep Dive with Professor Eliot Cohen
Eliot Cohen is the Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He served under Condoleezza Rice at the Department of State and recently published a book on U.S. foreign policy, The Big Stick: The Limits ...
Trump’s Travel Ban Is a Maginot Line for Terrorists
Trump’s travel ban is a counterterrorism Maginot Line: A fortress of arrogance that ultimately proves impotent.
Trump is preventing travel to the U.S. from seven terrorist-friendly nations. But just as the Maginot Line was circumvented by a Nazi ...
On the Horizon for Trump, Three Foreign Challenges
Perception is an important element of any foreign-policy decision. This reality was proved repeatedly during President Obama’s tenure in office. Foreign actors knew the United States was the most powerful nation on earth — but they also perceived an American ...
How Trump Should Negotiate with Putin
“Double, double, toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.”
Vladimir Putin is always plotting. It’s his defining passion. The KGB lieutenant-colonel who took his organization to the heart of the Kremlin, Putin is the supreme incarnation of ...
Facing North Korea and Iran, Trump Must Strengthen Nuclear Deterrence
Like Big Brother in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un holds absolute power. And Kim, the same as his father and grandfather, wants to forcibly unify the Korean peninsula under a xenophobic ideology of self-sufficiency.
Germany Is in ISIS’s Crosshairs
This afternoon, Daesh (also known as ISIS and the Islamic State) announced that a “soldier” of its banner was responsible for yesterday’s attack in Berlin. In that incident, an individual drove a truck into a crowded Christmas market. He ...
After Aleppo Falls: Five Predictions
The Bashar al-Assad–Ayatollah Khamenei–Hassan Nasrallah–Vladimir Putin axis is smiling. The northern Syrian city of Aleppo, a spot with great strategic value for all sides, will soon fall. Sunni rebels there are outnumbered, outgunned, and encircled. When Aleppo ...
Why Russia Isn’t Waiting to Finish Aleppo
When Russia’s offensive in Syria began last year, I argued that Putin’s strategy would focus on “securing a contiguous area of Assad-regime control in western Syria, reaching from the north to the south.” Just over a year later, ...
How Trump Should Reform NATO
Speaking five years ago, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates warned Europe to increase defense spending or prepare for a Trump-like Presidency. Americans, he said, might soon elect a leader intolerant of defense free riders:
The blunt reality is that there ...
Taking Raqqah Will Be No Easy Task
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance has begun operations to seize Raqqah, the city that serves as al-Baghdadi’s headquarters and the capital of ISIS. For every actor involved in Syria and Iraq, it’s a critical moment.
The efforts ...
Facing Iran, U.S. Allies in Lebanon Are in Trouble
Bordering the Mediterranean Sea in the west, Israel in the south, and Syria in the east, Lebanon is surrounded by water, stability, and war. But next week will bring new developments: Lebanese politicians hope to form a new government. In ...
Three Ways the U.S. Can Save Syria
Qui audet adipiscitur (Who dares, wins)
— motto of the British Army’s Special Air Service
The motto of Britain’s primary special-operations regiment is a good one. It speaks to the necessity of risk in the pursuit of victory. And ...
In the Ruins of Aleppo, Putin Is Shaping Obama’s Foreign-Policy Legacy
Yesterday at NRO, I noted: “We should expect worse to come, . . . Unless the United States accepts keeping Bashar al-Assad in power, Putin will continue to burn Syria.” Today, launching a massive bombing raid of Aleppo, Putin and Bashar al-Assad took ...
The Syrian Cease-Fire: Putin’s Trojan Horse
Equo ne credite, Teucri. Quidquid id est, timeo Danaos et dona ferentes. (“Do not trust the horse, Trojans! Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks, even bringing gifts.”) — Laocoön, from Virgil’s Aeneid
President Obama has accepted another Trojan ...
Another One Bites the Dust
Yesterday Daesh (also known as ISIS) announced the death of its second-in-command. Daesh’s news agency declared that Abu Mohammed al-Adnani has “dismounted his steed to join the caravan of martyred leaders.” Heady rhetoric. But that’s just Daesh’s ...
John McLaughlin, Leader of the Group
Yesterday I lost a mentor and close friend. America lost a legend. Dr. John McLaughlin.
Host of the 34-year-running television show The McLaughlin Group, John passed away after a battle with cancer. He is survived by a close partner, Maritza, ...
The Martyrdom of Father Hamel and ISIS’s Total-War Strategy
By all accounts, Father Jacques Hamel’s 86 years were defined by honorable service to his congregants and his faith. He served the picturesque town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, perched on a forested bend of the Seine River. But earlier today, two ISIS ...
How Will France and the West Respond to the Savage Terrorist Attack in Nice?
Yesterday, millions of French men, women, and children took to their streets to celebrate Bastille Day. That revolutionary day recalls the natural right of individuals to set the destiny of a nation. Then, at around 10:30 p.m. French time, a 31...
Comparing Bush’s Iraq Surge and Obama’s Afghanistan About-Face
Eight years ago this month, Barack Obama explained his warfighting plans to the American people.
I want Iraqis to take responsibility for their own future, and to reach the political accommodation necessary for long-term stability. That’s victory. That’s ...
Why ‘Leave’ Won — and What Must Happen Next
Last night, Britons chose to leave the European Union. In doing so, they prioritized concerns about sovereignty and immigration over the economic stability of EU membership, repudiating President Obama, who, in April, warned Britons that they would lose influence and ...
The U.S., India, and the Opportunity of the Century
Narendra Modi yesterday concluded his fourth visit to Washington as India’s prime minister. Addressing Congress, Modi spoke of the growing trade, diplomatic, and military cooperation between the U.S. and India. He also cited his personal affection for America. ...
Why U.S. Adversaries Love Trump
Unwittingly campy, defined by hyperbolic threats and poor graphics, and presented with ironic tears of joy for a Juche ideology that has starved millions, North Korean propaganda is unique. But this week, the North endorsed its choice to be the ...
On Tuesday, two Chinese fighter jets conducted a high-risk close intercept of a U.S. Navy surveillance plane over international waters. Once again, China’s President Xi Jinping is playing with President Obama. The underlying reality is best evidenced by ...
Netanyahu Prepares for War at Home and Abroad
Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has at least four different problems.
First, an upcoming State Comptroller report seems set to accuse Mr. Netanyahu of keeping critical information from his cabinet in the buildup to Israel’s summer 2014 military action ...
Restore America's Alliance with Saudi Arabia
Foreign leaders believe President Obama is an arrogant and unreliable ally. Conversely, President Obama believes he’s on an inexorable path toward history-book glory. But one striking facet of the president’s foreign policy is the reciprocal disdain now defining ...
The Panama Papers Vindicate the NSA
‘If the French citizens knew exactly what that was about, they would be applauding and popping champagne corks.”
That was how former House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers responded to the 2013 French outrage over leaked National Security Agency (NSA) operations ...
Inside Britain’s Three-Part Strategy to Prevent ISIS Attacks
Across Europe, counterterrorism services are racing to prevent the next Brussels attack — or at least, to prevent as many attacks as possible. The hard truth: Another attack is very likely in the near future. As I noted on Tuesday, ISIS ...
What Is Motivating Putin to Withdraw Russian Forces from Syria?
Vladimir Putin is withdrawing Russian military forces from Syria. At least, that’s the spin. What Putin is actually doing is withdrawing some of his forces — bomber-aircraft squadrons, for example — while retaining his military infrastructure (air bases, port facilities, etc.) ...
The Impending Battle of Mosul Will Define Iraq’s Future
Iraq’s government is preparing to retake the city of Mosul from ISIS. In part, the decision to move soon is a function of seasonal necessity: By early May, temperatures in Mosul will be pushing above 90 degrees. Fighting ISIS fanatics ...
Delusion Defined: President Obama Ignores ISIS in Libya
President Obama claims he is leading and inspiring U.S. allies around the world. The opposite is true: The architecture of American-anchored global stability is collapsing, and our adversaries are advancing. Put simply, President Obama’s rhetoric of confidence is ...
How to Save the World: Old-School Foreign-Policy Realism
Today’s world is a toxic blend of nationalist emotions and divergent interests. The spillover from the Syrian civil war is making conflict between NATO member Turkey and Russia increasingly likely. ISIS poses an existential threat — in Paris, Jakarta, and ...
ISIS Attacks Shia Shrine of Mohammed’s Granddaughter
‘You can still smell a very strange mixture, I think perhaps of blood and fruit, on the site of the explosion.” So said Rami Ruhayem, a BBC correspondent at the scene of Saturday’s attack near Damascus.
Yesterday, ISIS attacked ...
ISIS Attacks Jakarta, Again Proving Its Reach
Istanbul, Turkey, is nearly 6,000 miles from Jakarta, Indonesia. But this week, civilians in both Muslim nations were attacked by ISIS. Earlier today, five ISIS gunmen in Jakarta killed an Indonesian and a Canadian, and they wounded a number of other ...
Assad Is Deliberately Starving Sunni Muslims in Syria
‘There is no food,” said Abu Omar, speaking to The Christian Science Monitor’s Nicholas Blanford about life in Madaya, Syria. “I have seen people eat leaves and hunt cats. There are no medicines, none of the things that people ...
Obama’s 2015 Foreign-Policy Neverland Invites Three New Crises in 2016
Think of a wonderful thought, any merry little thought. Think of Christmas, think of snow, think of sleigh bells, off you go, like reindeer in the sky! You can fly! You can fly! You can fly!— Disney’s Peter Pan, 1953
The Pentagon’s Groveling Apology to China for Flying Near a Contested Island
On November 13, President Obama claimed that ISIS was “contained.” One day later, ISIS painted bloody red lines on Paris streets. The credibility of American foreign policy took another big hit.
Then came Saturday’s Wall Street Journal report that last ...
Americans Should Be Proud of Donald Trump’s Freedom to Say Clownish Things
Many Americans are reacting to Donald Trump’s Muslim-ban proposal with embarrassed shame. Some say he’s a national-security threat: for example, Hillary Clinton fears Trump projects a “dangerous” impression of America to the world. Such fearful assessments are misguided. ...
The Approaching (and Necessary) Showdown with Iran in Iraq
We will chase and fight any American force deployed in Iraq; any such American force will become a primary target for our group. We fought them before, and we are ready to resume fighting.
That was what a Kataib Hezbollah (...
In Europe, After the Paris Attacks, Fraying Bonds between the Public and the Government
Europe has changed greatly in the past two weeks. Two weekends ago, as in any major American city, European capitals were buzzing with positive energy. Today, the positivity has been purged by fear. Friday, November 13: A night that saw 130 civilians ...
After the Paris Massacre, the Debate Is Closed — ISIS Poses a Special Threat to the West
For the past 18 months, I and others have repeatedly warned that ISIS posed a special threat to Western nations. We were often accused of scaremongering or warmongering. But then came last Friday. And now that the war has come home — ...
Obama Mouthed Some Pro-Israel Lines, but His Disdain for Netanyahu Remains Clear
During his meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu at the White House yesterday, President Obama stated that the “security of Israel is one of my top foreign-policy priorities.” Of course, this sentiment might have been slightly more believable had President Obama ...
ISIS Is a Direct Threat to U.S. National Security
President Obama is a fundamentally ineffective commander-in-chief. Nevertheless, under Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, he is America’s sole commander-in-chief. But today, facing a looming U.S. Special Operations deployment to Syria, commentators are claiming that the ...
The State of the Islamic State: Strong
Nearly $50 million a month: According to the AP, that’s what the Islamic State (ISIS) earns in monthly oil revenues. Yet while some analysts say ISIS’s oil earnings are lower, the group raises revenue from other sources as well. ...
Obama’s New Afghanistan Strategy: Right for Four Reasons, and Problematic for One Reason
Yesterday, President Obama announced that the 9,800 U.S. military personnel deployed in Afghanistan will remain there for most of 2016, and that 5,500 will remain into 2017. This new strategy is welcome for four reasons.
First, it will enable the continued development of ...
How the U.S. Should Respond to the Russian Offensive in Syria
‘We need a course of action. We are going to have to commit to something.”
That’s how Jim Reese, former Delta commander, described his take on U.S. policy in Syria, speaking with National Review yesterday. Reese’s point ...
America’s Diplomatic Fairyland
One simple question. Do you, Ambassador Zorin, deny that the USSR has placed and is placing medium and intermediate missiles and sites in Cuba? Yes or no? Don’t wait for the translation. Yes or no?
— U.S. ambassador to ...