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  • House Comprehensive Benghazi Report Faults Lack of Planning and Military Resources

    The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations this week released a comprehensive interim report on the military response—or lack thereof—to the Benghazi attack. As it was composed by the majority staff at the behest of subcommittee chairman Buck McKeon (R–CA) and other Republican members, it is probably fair … More

    Nuland’s Anti-EU Remark: Undiplomatic, but Understandable

    Last week, Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs and the top U.S. “diplomat” in our relations with the European Union (EU), offended many European leaders by letting loose a salty “f*** the EU” in a phone conversation with U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt. Russian government … More

    Mike Morell: Man in the Middle of Benghazi Talking Points Scandal

    Recent reporting has centered on CIA deputy director Mike Morell as a key player in critical and misleading changes made to the Obama Administration’s Benghazi talking points. The CIA talking points were cited by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice on five different national Sunday talk shows on September 16, five days … More

    Exclusive: Inhofe Demands Obama Answers on Benghazi

    “An outrageous lie” is what Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) called President Obama’s comments on the Benghazi scandal during his pre-Super Bowl interview with Fox’s Bill O’Reilly.  He was responding to Obama’s statement that there was no cover-up regarding Benghazi, and beyond that, that the Obama administration was sharing its best … More

    Once Again, Obama Won't Give Straight Answers on Benghazi

    AFP PHOTOSTR/AFP/GettyImages/Newscom Pulling teeth would be easy compared to getting straight answers on the Benghazi scandal out of President Obama. Yesterday, Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly  made another valiant attempt in his pre-Super Bowl interview with the President. And yet again Obama balked at answering obvious and legitimate questions, playing fast … More

    China’s Confucius Institutes Could Threaten Academic Freedom

    There is nothing soft about Chinese “soft power,” as those on the receiving end of Chinese diplomacy are realizing to their alarm. For Beijing, soft power includes a variety of elements, from pop culture and public diplomacy to heavy-handed economic and diplomatic pressure. Soft power is seen as a complement, … More

    Senate Intelligence Report Damning on Benghazi

    “This attack was preventable”: That is the chilling and inevitable conclusion of a new report by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Benghazi. A good deal of the information in the “Review of the Terrorist Attacks on the U.S. Facilities in Benghazi, Libya, September 11-12, 2012” has previously been reported, but … More

    Explosive Top Secret Benghazi Testimony Contradicts Obama, Clinton, Rice

    There was never any doubt at the Pentagon, we learned this week. The country’s top military commanders clearly understood the assault on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, was a terrorist attack from the moment the first reports came in, just 15 minutes after the assault began on September … More

    Benghazi: Let Eyewitnesses Tell the Whole Story

    As Congress laboriously extracts eyewitness accounts of the Benghazi terrorist attack, unexplained aspects of the tragedy are becoming clearer. Important case in point: the reports of an “order to stand down,” which prevented or at least delayed CIA security personnel from coming to the rescue of the diplomats at the … More

    Vladimir Putin Disbands RIA Novosti, Tightens His Grip on Russian Media

    This week, Russian President Vladimir Putin disbanded the state-owned RIA Novosti news agency. A new agency—Russia Segodnya (Russia Today)—will be taking over its assets with the mission of improving the image of Russia internationally. It will be headed by a hard-line propagandist, TV anchor Dmitri Kiselev, leaving no doubt about … More