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  • Hasan Verdict: The Threat of Homegrown Terrorism Continues

    Today, a jury of 13 military officers found Major Nidal Malik Hasan guilty for his shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas nearly four years ago, which left 13 people dead and more than 30 severely injured. This act of terrorism that shocked the nation and the entire U.S. military … More

    Ghosts of Obama’s Failed Iraq Policy Continue to Haunt

    While the world’s attention has been focused on violent clashes in Egypt and reports of chemical weapons use in Syria, Iraq has been sliding back to the brink of civil war. Sectarian violence in the country has returned to levels not seen since the U.S. troop surge and the Anbar … More

    Embassy Closings Reflect Benghazi Failure

    The closing of 21 U.S. embassies throughout the Middle East grows out of the September 11, 2012, Benghazi attack in at least two ways: The failure of the Obama Administration to retaliate in any way against those who attacked our consulate and killed a U.S. ambassador has emboldened the enemies … More

    U.S. Engages Cuba, Cuba Engages in Arms Trafficking

    The interception of a North Korean ship believed to be carrying missiles, jets, and other weapons from Cuba through the Panama Canal should be a wakeup call for the Obama Administration as it resumes migration talks with Cuban officials for the first time since 2011. The incident illustrates the wrongheadedness … More

    Ayotte on America’s Tragic Lack of Purpose in the World

    At a time when Washington has almost nothing to say about national defense, Senator Kelly Ayotte (R–NH) recently delivered a major address on America’s state in the world. Speaking before an audience at The Heritage Foundation, Ayotte highlighted the importance of promoting a 21st-century agenda of peace through strength. Americans … More

    Obama’s “Lead from Behind” Efforts in Syria are Failing

    On Wednesday the United Nations General Assembly voted on a resolution condemning the Syrian government’s forces while praising the opposition. Although the resolution passed, the non-binding text received less support than last year’s resolution condemning Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. With support for Syria’s rebels waning, it is clear that the … More

    Missile Defense Testing Necessary to Protect America

    The growing threat from long-range nuclear missiles endangers the lives of millions of Americans while upsetting regional and global stability. The latest flare-up on the Korean Peninsula is a sobering reminder of this harsh reality. To protect Americans effectively against rogue attacks in the near future, a rigorous program of … More

    ICBMs Continue to Be an Important National Security Asset

    The U.S. Air Force recently stripped 17 officers of their authority to control and launch intercontinental-range ballistic missiles (ICBMs) after inspections indentified potential problems that could endanger U.S. national security. Although the incident did not impact security and operational readiness of U.S. ICBM forces, the Air Force is right to … More

    Boehner Blasts Obama's Russian "Reset" Policy

    How’s that Russia “reset” going? Not so well, as the news this week shows. In addition to blocking tougher sanctions on Iran for its illicit nuclear weapons activities after a damaging report by the U.N.’s watchdog, Russia is “studying” building more reactors at Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant. Recently, Speaker … More

    Misjudging the Iranian Threat

    As the Obama Administration has discovered, containing Iran’s nuclear ambitions and support for terrorism and insurgencies requires more than Washington’s willingness to “extend [its] hand.” As Heritage’s Kim Holmes points out, Iran’s foiled plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador on U.S. soil illustrates that Iran’s leaders don’t fear Barack Obama … More