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  • RSC Gets Budget Right, Defense Wrong

    Heritage budget analyst Steve Keen, rightly points out that the Republican Study Committee (RSC) has unveiled a budget proposal that “is a welcome fiscal blueprint that would restore fiscal discipline to the nation and avert a Grecian formula meltdown.” Unfortunately, the RSC budget also gets a critical component of the … More

    That 70s Show

    According to The New York Times, Secretary Gates has told the Pentagon to tighten its belt to pay for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and everything else: “His goal is $7 billion in spending cuts and efficiencies for 2012, growing to $37 billion annually by 2016.” Some may think this … More

    Will the Taliban Learn a Lesson From Hamas?

    Heritage Middle East analyst Jim Phillips makes a pretty good case that the Israeli confrontation with a convoy at sea bound for Gaza was a set-up by Hamas to provoke an incident that would draw intense criticism on Israel. The Taliban has every reason to try the same tactic by … More

    Pakistan Attack Plans - What Is Wrong With This Picture?

    According to Reuters, “U.S. military leaders are reviewing options for a unilateral strike in Pakistan if there is a successful attack on American soil tied to the country’s tribal areas, The Washington Post reported in its Saturday edition.” Problem One–military contingency planning is supposed to be secret. Why this information … More

    Biden Speaks at Naval Academy

    Vice President Joe Biden explained to graduates today why the Obama Doctrine and new national security strategy have all the right answers. First, it will “guarantee” US prosperity and security. In a world where the enemy gets a vote that seems an incredible boast for an administration committed to more … More

    Explaining the Obama National Security Strategy

    Yesterday the White House unveiled its national security strategy. It came in basically three parts. Part One is the “anything but Bush” part. Where the goal is to put as much distance between Obama and Bush – even where there is not a lot space. Renaming the War on Terrorism, … More

    More Arizona Bashing

    Today, Attorney General Eric Holder held a pep rally for state and local law enforcement officials who object to the Arizona immigration law. Perhaps having not read the law himself he hoped to bring in some law enforcement officials who might have. More likely it is just another attempt by … More

    Back to the Border

    The President has announced he plans to send up to 1,200 troops to the border with Mexico, a move that prompts many questions. Sending troops to the border makes sense, when it makes sense—in other words, if it is an appropriate, effective, and efficient use of military manpower. In 2006, … More

    Duty, Honor ... Country Optional

    Thomas Jefferson established an academy at West Point because he wanted an institution to train Army officers which would be beholden to no political party. Cadets learn their responsibility is to live the academy motto—“duty, honor, country.” That said, it is unfortunate that President Barack Obama chose to make the … More

    Red Flags on Iran

    “The lights are turning red,” droned the song by the Eagles. They could have been singing about Iran, which continues to make US foreign policy look like a bad Saturday Night Live skit. In last minute deal making with Russia over sanctions on Iran, the US caved to Moscow objections … More