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    The U.S. Should Ignore U.N. Inquiry Into Drone Strikes

    Airstrikes carried out by U.S. unmanned aerial vehicles (commonly referred to as drones) have been criticized for several years by international human rights activists, including certain “special rapporteurs” operating out of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. One such special rapporteur, Ben Emmerson of the United Kingdom, has … More

    Obama Inauguration Speech: Ignoring Problems Does Not Make Them Go Away

    Not to rain on President Obama’s parade, but the world is a dangerous place. America cannot afford to place “hope” above reality when it comes to its foreign policy. Although the U.S. faces many overseas challenges, there was barely any mention in President Obama’s inauguration speech of what America’s role … More

    Morning Bell: Obama's Second Inaugural Address, Translated

    Members of Congress—who are about to debate raising the debt ceiling tomorrow—should have paid attention yesterday. The President was very clear that he sees no urgency about reducing the debt and cutting the deficit. In fact, in his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama was honest about his intentions to … More

    Will the Air Force of the Future Be Capable of Flying?

    “Among the most difficult challenges facing the Air Force is the need to modernize,” writes Michael Donley, the Secretary of the Air Force. Despite major engagements in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, and Libya since the end of the Cold War, the Air Force currently operates the oldest fleet it has ever … More

    Kerry in Spotlight; Hot Issues Remain for Next Secretary of State

    Last week, embattled U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice took herself out of the running for Secretary of State as Hillary Clinton’s successor. It did not take long for the rumor mill to pick up that President Obama is leaning toward Senator John Kerry (D-MA) for the post. Though Rice did not … More

    Strategic Shift Could Harm Middle East Policy

    The Pentagon’s strategic shift to the Asia-Pacific has come under increasing scrutiny as conflicts continue in the Middle East, particularly in Israel. Former Assistant Secretary of Defense Paul McHale recently contributed to this debate at the annual El Pomar Conference in Colorado Springs, saying, “The Administration’s strategy fails because it … More

    In Afghanistan, France Retreats While Georgia Advances

    During the same week that France announced it has retreated early from Afghanistan, the tiny NATO-aspirant country of Georgia announced that it has doubled its troop contribution to the NATO-led mission. The Taliban, unsurprisingly, issued a statement calling on other NATO members to follow France’s example. For the sake of … More

    Four Men Arrested in a Plot to Bomb U.S. Targets in Afghanistan

    Early this morning, news broke of an attempted terrorist attack against U.S. military targets in Afghanistan. A federal complaint unsealed yesterday alleges that four men—all U.S. citizens or permanent residents—were engaged in an active plan to carry out “violent jihad” and target U.S. government facilities in Afghanistan. From the news … More

    Happy 237th Birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps!

    From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli, the Marine Corps has answered the nation’s call each and every time they are needed. Today, we honor the courage and sacrifice of the men and women who claim the title of United States Marine. As the famous first lines … More

    Inspector General Is Crucial in the Rebuilding of Afghanistan

    Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John F. Sopko, who took over on July 2, 2012, has made significant progress in the short period of time he has been in charge. In October, a SIGAR investigation found that an Afghan contractor had “failed to install metal grates to prevent … More