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    Olympics a Reminder for Public Vigilance Against Terrorism

    As the seventh anniversary of the 7/7 London terrorist attacks recently came to pass, we were reminded by a series of events across the U.K. that the persistent threat from terrorism remains. In the shadow of the impending Olympics, a mere three weeks away, such reminders compel both our nation’s … More

    Syria: Violence Escalates While International Community Dithers

    Various Syrian opposition groups met in Cairo this week to sketch out a draft of a potential constitution and lay out the steps of a political transition, but they could not agree on the more basic and concrete issues of whether to support armed resistance to the regime or call … More

    Counterterrorism and the London Olympics

    Providing security for the 2012 London Olympic Games will be no easy task. It is expected that 120 heads of state will visit Britain during the games. About 450,000 people are likely to be accredited to access the 46 Olympic and Paralympic sports venues, all of whom will need to … More

    Terrorism Still Stalks Us at Home and Abroad

    An independent review of the FBI and Pentagon’s handling of the 2009 Fort Hood massacre is expected to make its way to the desk of FBI director Robert Mueller sometime next week. Commissioned in late 2009 and authored by former FBI and CIA director Judge William Webster, the report is … More

    Clock Is Ticking on Pakistan’s Inaction Against Terrorists

    Last month, the Republican Study Committee recommended that Congress consider attaching more stringent counterterrorism conditions on U.S. aid to Pakistan. Citing new evidence about the potential involvement of Pakistani intelligence officials in the November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai and Pakistan’s refusal to take action against the Haqqani network, the … More

    Somalia: Terrorism Is a Symptom of State Failure

    The African Union’s mission to Somalia (AMISOM) is having marginal success in pushing the terrorist organization al-Shabaab out of its occupied territory. Al-Shabaab militants have retreated from strongholds in Baidoa, Afmadow, Afgoye, and the crucial port city of Kismayo. African military leaders are confident that their thankless task of defending … More

    Obama's Afghanistan Visit Timed Conveniently for Campaign Impact

    This week, the President marked the death of Osama bin Laden with a self-congratulatory campaign ad. If Lincoln had spent the entire Gettysburg Address talking about himself, it wouldn’t have been quite that crass. Now, the President zips to Afghanistan—coincidentally on the anniversary of the Seal Team Six raid. House … More

    Scribecast: AEI's Marc Thiessen on Dangers of the Obama Doctrine

    President Obama’s use of drone strikes to target terrorists is depleting U.S. intelligence on al Qaeda and making America less safe in the process, according to Marc Thiessen, an American Enterprise Institute fellow. “The Obama administration has completely eliminated live capture of terrorists and bringing them in for interrogation,” Thiessen … More

    Left and Right Argue Terrorism Ups and Downs

    Can we be confident that President Obama’s counterterrorism strategy is headed in the right direction? When I posted a chart to suggest that the numbers don’t bear that out, many in the blogosphere tried to turn interpreting the chart into a debate over whether the GOP or the Democrats are … More

    Russian–North Korean Naval Maneuvers Endanger Peace in Pacific

    Yesterday, the State Department released an official reaction to media reports on upcoming joint naval exercises between Russia and North Korea. The U.S. declared that “any engagement with the North Koreans should be conducted in a way that does not detract from the international community’s clear message of concern about … More