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  • Monthly Archives: August 2011

    A Good Step for NATO Missile Defense—from France

    President of France Nicolas Sarkozy

    The French Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and the Armed Forces recently released a report called “Ballistic Missile Defense: Military Shield or Strategic Challenge?” This report urges France to take a strong role in the NATO missile defense program and to develop a space-based (exoatmospheric) ballistic missile defense interceptor. … More

    President’s Debt Ceiling Agreement A Raw Deal for National Security

    AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye/Newscom

    This week, President Obama celebrates both a birthday and (maybe) a budget deal. The second looks to hardly to be a cause for celebration. Obama has worked hard to ensure a deal that leaves open the prospects for deep defense cuts. As the debate has progressed, the President’s antipathy toward … More

    Could Britain's Health Care Rationing Come to the States?


    Advocates of Obamacare often point to Great Britain’s National Health Service as an example of a national health care system that works. But all is not rosy across the pond, as England is beginning to ration treatments for “non-urgent” conditions such as hip replacements, cataract surgery and tonsil removal in order … More

    Moscow’s Sanctions Tit-for-Tat Threatens to Kill the “Reset”

    The Kremlin, Moscow

    This week the State Department has placed some 64 Russian officials on a visa blacklist that would prevent them from entering the United States. These Russian prosecutors and policemen all played a role in the death of the lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, the most famous whistleblower in post–communist Russian history. While … More

    Morning Bell: Liberals Force Choice Between Economic and National Security

    resident Barack Obama delivers a statement about the debt limit on July 22, 2011

    Put the security of the nation at risk or raise taxes. This is the sour “deal” liberal lawmakers are offering in exchange for insufficient spending cuts, according to reports of this weekend’s debt negotiations in Washington. The framework that Republicans and Democrats are close to approving would raise the debt … More

    Washington in a Flash: Politicians Agree to a Deal, Not a Solution

    President Obama with Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

    Lawmakers in both houses of Congress are moving quickly to vote on the latest debt-limit deal — a plan agreed to Sunday night by President Obama and congressional leaders. Republicans and Democrats negotiating the agreement hailed it last night, but conservatives are less than impressed by the plan. Sen. Mike … More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: August 1 - August 5, 2011


    The White House and Congressional leaders announced yesterday that they had reached a deal to raise the debt ceiling and have released the details of that deal to the public. The major action in both the House of Representatives and the Senate this week will be the passage of the negotiated debt ceiling deal. Other action in the House this week include a hearing by the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures on “Energy Tax Policy and Tax Overhaul.” More