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  • Pledge to Fully Fund Missile Defense

    The legislative agenda of the House Republicans for the next Congress has been unveiled this week. “Pledge to America” is a policy statement encompassing a wide range of issues from economy to health care to the plan to keep the nation secure at home and abroad. The pledge highlights the … More

    Senate Must Do More Homework on New START

    In her recent op-ed, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D–NH) expresses her favorable opinion about the New START Treaty that was voted out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week. However, the op-ed, as well as the committee vote, raises more questions than answers. First, there were only 12 open and … More

    New START Headed for Lame Duck?

    On Thursday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to report New START, which is a strategic nuclear arms control treaty with Russia, out of committee and to the full Senate for consideration. Talk is that the Administration will press for a vote in lame duck after the election, but some … More

    Playing Politics with the "Troops"

    The White House has discovered a new tactic for pushing legislation that most Americans don’t want through Congress: implying the legislation in question is either all for the troops or could hurt the troops if not passed. Wrapping the crassest political messaging in the flag is the lowest of low-ball … More

    What Are America's Interests?

    It is not clear what the President meant when he said, “Ending the war was in our interest.” First, wars just don’t end. They are a win, a loss, or a draw. By implying that he simply “ended” the war by just following a plan – as if he were … More

    It's Not About Guns vs. Butter, Mr. President

    It is understandable that the President wanted to mention the sorry state of the domestic economy in his address to the nation. More Americans are out of work now than when Obama took office. Recent economic news has not been good. Just as the President said, fixing the economy is … More

    Tea Party Dead Right on New START

    Josh Rogin took note when a major Tea Party group rallied against New START, the arms control treaty Obama signed with the Russians. He was right to pay attention. The Tea Parties have said little on defense issues. Some on the left had high hopes, even as they trashed the … More

    Not-So-Friendly Skies

    On Monday evening, Dutch authorities detained Ahmed Mohamed Nasser al Soofi (of Detroit) and Hezem al Murisi when their United Airlines flight from Chicago landed in Amsterdam. It’s always a big mistake to jump to “instant analysis” based on preliminary press reports. But it shouldn’t come as much of a … More

    Polls Show Americans Aware of Dismal Disaster Prep

    According to the Associated Press, a “survey by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center says that nearly 6 in 10, or 57 percent, say the country is not better prepared for another disaster like a hurricane. Roughly equal numbers of Democrats, Republicans and independents share that gloomy outlook.” Americans are pretty … More

    Bait and Switch Defense for New START

    With concern over the arms control agreement President Obama signed with Russia growing, those pushing for ratification are devising increasingly far-fetched reasons why the Senate should rubber-stamp New START rather than give the treaty the serious and deliberate scrutiny a nuclear arms deal deserves. From the beginning, arguments for the … More