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    Honey, I Shrunk the Benghazi Talking Points

    The White House release of the e-mail chain regarding the Benghazi talking points on Wednesday has opened up a slew of new questions. Covering only two days—Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15—and focused only on the production of the hapless talking points, they raise the question: What communication took … More

    Who Altered the Benghazi Talking Points?

    Bipartisan outrage is a rarity in Washington these days, but the Obama Administration’s lack of transparency over Benghazi has provoked it. This $64,000 question occupied Congress in open and closed hearings last week as well as the Sunday talk shows: Who altered the Administration’s talking points on the Benghazi terrorist … More

    Morning Bell: Benghazi Hearings Begin on Capitol Hill

    Today, hearings begin in the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees on the terrorist attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11. In a new Issue Brief, Heritage’s James Jay Carafano and Morgan Lorraine Roach write: Understanding … More

    Wanted: New Spy Chief

    Today, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency resigned. There are few positions in government more vital than the head of the agency with primary responsibility to provide the strategic intelligence Presidents use to inform their most pressing decisions on foreign policy and national security. Further, the agency conducts sensitive … More

    Washington in a Flash: Changing of the Guard at Pentagon

    Robert Gates said goodbye to the Pentagon yesterday after serving two presidents and spending nearly five years as defense secretary. On his final day, President Obama surprised Gates with a Medal of Freedom. Leon Panetta takes over today after serving as CIA director since February 2009. He’ll be replaced at … More

    Morning Bell: President Obama Plays Politics in Afghanistan

    The nation’s two highest-ranking military commanders have gone on record raising serious concerns about President Obama’s flawed plan to bring 33,000 troops home from Afghanistan by September 2012. The outgoing Commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, said during Senate hearings last week that the troop … More

    Progress in Afghanistan: The American Public Is Missing the Story

    General David Petraeus testified before Congress last week that progress is being made on the ground in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, American public support for the war is at an all time low. In the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on March 15, the mood was generally optimistic. General Petraeus expressed the … More

    Woodward Revelations Show Obama’s Weakness on National Security

    Today’s front-page Washington Post story on Bob Woodward’s book, Obama’s Wars, scheduled for release next week, provides disturbing revelations about President Obama’s views on terrorism and his lack of commitment to securing Afghanistan. The book apparently details how Obama is desperately seeking to get out of the war in Afghanistan, … More

    General Petraeus Lays out Clear Benchmarks on Afghanistan

    General Petraeus laid out clear-cut benchmarks that would indicate signs of progress with the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan in the lead up to the December review at an inter-agency meeting at the White House on Monday, according to today’s New York Times. In addition to the number of Afghan forces … More

    Morning Bell: A War We Can't Afford to Lose

    In December 2009, President Barack Obama delivered his long-awaited decision on the way forward in the War in Afghanistan and pledged 30,000 additional troops for the effort under the condition that they would begin to come home in 18 months. While praising the President’s decision to send more troops, conservative … More