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    Obama Punts to Congress on Syria

    Having carelessly established a “red line” for intervening in the Syrian civil war without a clear strategy or appropriate course to protect U.S. interests, the President has now dumped the whole mess in the lap of Congress. It is appropriate for the President to consult Congress, but he has a … More

    Morning Bell: What to Do in Syria

    Reports are rampant that the Obama Administration will call for U.S. missile strikes against the regime in Syria at any time now. That country is embroiled in a civil war, with opposition forces fighting dictator Bashar al-Assad. The U.S. has interests to protect in the region, but becoming directly involved … More

    Obama Mulls Response to Syrian Chemical Attacks

    The Obama Administration is now seeking the least bad option for responding to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s increasingly brazen use of chemical weapons against Syrian opposition forces. The most recent chemical attack, on rebel positions in the eastern edge of Damascus on August 21, killed hundreds of people. Secretary of … More

    Coalitions Can't Solve Syria Crisis

    As the Obama Administration readies to respond to with force against the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria for employing chemical weapons, it has been pretty clear that it plans to go in with a “coalition of the willing.” That is cold comfort. The reality is—and everyone in the world knows … More

    EU Finally Begins to Take Hezbollah Threat Seriously

    Yesterday, the European Union finally reached the necessary consensus among its 28 member states to list Hezbollah’s “military wing” as a terrorist organization. The decision comes after many months of impasse and indecision, the byproduct of the EU’s required unanimity coupled with a concern among some European nations that the … More

    The Growing Presence of Iran in Latin America

    The Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee recently held a hearing about Iran’s influence and presence in Latin America. Contrary to a prior report released by the State Department, all of the experts who testified expressed deep concern over what they called a growing influence of Iran in the region. Ilan … More

    Hezbollah: European Union Keeps Its Head in the Sand

    On June 19, a meeting of European Union countries failed to agree on a United Kingdom–sponsored proposal to list the military wing of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Despite the support of the U.K., France, Germany, and the Netherlands, the EU—which requires consensus to list a group as a terrorist … More

    Iran Steps Up Its Global Terrorism Campaign

    Senior Obama Administration officials held a background briefing on Friday in which they discussed the “alarming trend” of escalating Iranian support for terrorism. Two high-ranking officials, who remained anonymous under the ground rules of the briefing, warned that the tempo of Iran’s terrorist operations had risen to levels not seen … More

    Hezbollah Escalates Fighting in Syria as Sectarian Tensions Grow in Lebanon

    The Lebanese Shia Islamist militant group Hezbollah is becoming more aggressively involved in Syria’s civil war, which threatens to reopen the old wounds of Lebanon’s 1975–1990 civil war. Hundreds of Hezbollah militants have joined the regime’s offensive to recapture the strategic Syrian town of Qusair, which sits astride an important … More

    Germany Moves Closer to Listing Hezbollah a Terrorist Organization

    Germany is moving closer to supporting a move by the European Union (EU) to list Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, according to news sources. If true, this is a welcome development. German support for listing Hezbollah as a terrorist organization would help rectify the glaring and inexcusable omission by other … More