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    Morning Bell: Time to Dump the Afghanistan Timeline

    The Washington Post reports today that Gen. Stanley McChrystal, U.S. commander in Afghanistan, apologized for an upcoming article in Rolling Stone magazine that portrays him and senior officials on his team as dismissive of top Obama administration officials. As a result, General McChrystal has been summoned to the White House … More

    Need for U.S. Leadership on Afghanistan-Pakistan Reconciliation

    A front-page story on Afghan-Pakistani relations in today’s Washington Post indicates that Afghanistan and Pakistan are discussing a peace settlement for Afghanistan. While a genuine thaw in relations between the two countries would be welcome, the idea that the U.S. would take a back seat in any effort to negotiate … More

    What Will Dutch Elections Mean for Afghanistan?

    The Dutch electorate takes to the polls tomorrow, following the Government’s collapse in April. In fact, it was the fourth fallen Administration of Christian Democrat Jan Peter Balkenende—this time over claims that one coalition party withheld information from another. Quite simply, it looks as if the uneasy partnership between Labour … More

    President Obama's Memorial Day Vacation

    This weekend, President Obama will skip Memorial Day services at Arlington National Cemetery, and instead he will take his family to Chicago for rest and relaxation. The gesture has rankled many on the right and caused the left to swing into full ‘defend Obama’ mode. However, the fact remains that … More

    Missing the Long War

    The names of war do not matter all that much. After all we won the Cold War even though it sounded like a battle against hypothermia. Some wars don’t even get named until after the fact…like the 30 Years war (which was actually longer than 30 years). Renaming a war … More

    Five Reasons the UK General Election Matters to the United States

    British voters go to the polls on Thursday in the tightest political race in the UK in a generation. Several opinion polls have indicated the strong possibility of a hung parliament, with a Conservative minority government led by David Cameron as prime minister. In order to guarantee passage of legislation … More

    Is NATO a Pretend Alliance?

    The NATO military operation in Afghanistan is a “NATO operation” in name only. In quality and quantity, most of the forces there are from the English-speaking countries – the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. Without a doubt, some NATO nations like Romania, Poland, and Denmark clearly understand … More

    Pull Your Weight, Europe

    European leaders were shocked this week when Defense Secretary Robert Gates told a NATO audience that the alliance faces a “crisis” because the continent has largely demilitarized. Why the surprise — have they been in a coma? Europe’s free defense ride — thanks to the rock-solid US security guarantee within … More

    Pakistan Could Help Turn Tide in Afghanistan

    After months of mounting frustration with Pakistan over its unwillingness to crack down on Afghan Taliban leaders finding sanctuary on its soil, Pakistan appears to be coming through with cooperation that could help turn the tide in the war in Afghanistan. Following last week’s revelation that the number two Taliban … More

    In the Green Room: NATO's Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola

    Today, Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola, Chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, stopped by The Heritage Foundation for a lecture titled, “NATO and the Fight for Security in a Dangerous World“. Afterwards, he joined us for a segment of In the Green Room where he discussed current NATO successes and the future … More