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    Iraqis Vote Despite Violence: Now Comes the Hard Part

    Despite insurgent threats to murder Iraqis who dared to vote in the parliamentary elections, yesterday’s Iraqi elections went as well as could be expected. There were dozens of bombs that exploded in Baghdad and other cities, killing at least 36 people, but many Iraqis shrugged off the violence and risked … More

    Morning Bell: A First Step Toward Freedom in the Middle East

    Despite as many as 100 explosions which killed at least 38 people in Baghdad, Iraqis defied a desperate insurgency yesterday and turned out in strong numbers to choose a new Parliament. According to The New York Times, “turnout was higher than expected, and certainly higher than in the last parliamentary … 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

    The Audacity of Hypocrisy: Success in Iraq

    Yesterday, on Larry King Live, Vice President Joe Biden stated that the Iraq war could be one of the greatest successes of the Obama Administration. That is quite a shift of opinion. Considering that the success of Iraq is largely due to the “surge” that was ordered by President Bush … More

    The President's Anemic Speech on the State of National Defense

    On foreign policy and national defense, President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address was anemic. It brushed over key issues like Iran and terrorism and skipped some important issues, like how best to handle detainees, entirely. There were, in fact, moments when the President’s rhetoric flew in the face … More

    Looking For A Few Good Friends

    Internet outreach is the hottest new item in the U.S. government’s array of public diplomacy tools. While international broadcasting is in disarray, the focus has moved to Internet outreach through social networking and websites to promote America and its allies abroad. The Internet can be a great tool for the … More

    It Depends On What Your Definition of "Enduring" Is

    When President George Bush made the case for the surge in Iraq in January 2007, he made it clear to the Iraqi people and our allies abroad that he would not bow to domestic political pressures by setting a date for troop withdrawal. President Barack Obama has chosen a different … More

    It's Called Morale Mr. President - You Are Supposed to Provide It

    Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said: “Morale is the greatest single factor in successful wars.” So why did President Obama choose last night’s address to further disintegrate what morale is left in the fight in Iraq? Choosing the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York was on … More

    Sacrifice Spending to Pay for the War

    Liberals in Congress and out are calling for a new tax to pay for the war on terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq. At the same time, rising unemployment and falling political prospects have driven President Obama and friends to fumble for stimulus 2.0, the first $787 billion Obama stimulus having … More

    Morning Bell: Obama Must Lead On Afghanistan

    On March 27th, President Barack Obama followed through on one of his core campaign promises and announced a New Strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan that included sending an additional 21,000 troops to the region. Speaking from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Obama explained: “Multiple intelligence estimates have warned that al … More