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    Alleged Killings by American Soldier Rattle Afghanistan

    Details are still emerging on the killings of 16 Afghan civilians by a U.S. soldier in Kandahar province. U.S. officials call it an isolated incident in which one rogue soldier acted alone. Obviously if the initial reports are true, this is a horrifying event that will shake how Americans and … More

    VIDEO: Britain's Liam Fox Warns America: Your Debt Is a Threat

    Britain’s Liam Fox has a warning for America: Fix the debt problem now or suffer the consequences of less power on the world stage. The former U.K. secretary of state for defense visited Heritage to explain why America’s debt is a national security issue. >> Watch the full 45-minute speech, … More

    Morning Bell: Obama Doctrine Failure

    Three years ago, President Barack Obama set forth to recast American foreign policy in an image of his own design. It was one in which the White House engaged with enemies and undercut allies, apologized for American exceptionalism, and favored the “soft power” of treaties and international organizations. This “Obama … More

    Slashing Defense Budget Puts Nation at Increased Risk

    Heritage’s James Carafano recently wrote that President Obama’s proposed defense cuts are tantamount to a gift to America’s enemies. These cuts reduce America’s military capabilities in a dangerous world and bring greater risk to the nation. The President’s new defense budget raises the risk level for the U.S. and its … More

    How to Grade a “Hollow” Military

    The Congressional Research Service (CRS) recently delivered a new report, “A Historical Perspective on ‘Hollow Forces.’” It is cold comfort to those who are really worried about the ability of our military to defend us. A military that looks good on paper but can’t adequately defend the country is the … More

    White House Sends Confused, Unhelpful Message to NATO Allies on Afghanistan

    The mixed messages coming from the Obama Administration last week on the future of combat operations in Afghanistan have left our allies confused, the Afghan people anxious, and the insurgency stronger. On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told his press entourage on his way to the NATO ministerial meeting in … More

    Note to Congress: Swear Off Phony War Savings, Now and Forever

    Though the idea has been thoroughly discredited, the President and Members of Congress are still considering a large, thoroughly bogus “savings” option to help cover their profligate spending: They intend to claim war spending that was never going to be spent as “savings”—and then spend it on something else. It … More

    NATO Report Indicates Taliban Plotting Power Grab

    In a secret NATO report recently leaked to the British media, Taliban insurgents told their interrogators that they are increasingly confident that the Taliban will retake power once NATO forces depart Afghanistan, and that Pakistan is positioning itself for such an outcome. NATO officials have sought to downplay the report’s … More

    Hasty Afghan Troop Drawdown Could Jeopardize Drone Campaign

    President Obama publicly admitted Monday for the first time that the U.S. is conducting an aggressive drone missile campaign against terrorists predominantly located in Pakistan’s tribal areas bordering Afghanistan. U.S. officials in the past have been tight-lipped about drones, partly out of deference to Pakistani officials, who are sensitive about … More

    Taliban’s Momentum Slowed but not "Broken," Mr. President

    During Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, President Obama largely glossed over the ongoing war in Afghanistan, where nearly 100,000 American soldiers are fighting to prevent the reemergence of a terrorist safe haven in the region. He did, however, deliver a misleading statement on the subject in declaring that … More