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    Bedlam in Baghdad: Q&A on Iraq with James Phillips

    I sat down with James Phillips, Heritage’s Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs, to get his take on the violence in Iraq. Why the sudden spike in violence in Iraq? Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) has made a strong comeback due to the spillover effect of rising sectarian tensions in … More

    Morning Bell: President Obama Is Tired of Fighting Terrorism

    “We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender…” These were words President Obama never used during his speech at the National Defense University yesterday. Rather, … More

    Tomorrow’s Army Shouldn’t Have to Rely on Yesterday’s Technology

    A recent report illustrates how miles of red tape are hindering the nation’s ability to properly fund and equip the military. The Army Science Board’s report on the strategic direction of the U.S. Army’s science and technology (S&T) efforts warned that the Army’s 2012 S&T Master Plan “lacks an S&T … More

    Protect America Month 2013

    Even as the U.S. withdraws from Iraq and Afghanistan, the world has certainly not become a safer place. North Korea continues to advance its ballistic missile capabilities, the conflict in Syria has grown increasingly violent, and Iran threatens the U.S. constantly with its developing nuclear program and its daily barrage … More

    Outrage Grows Over U.N. Official’s Boston Comments

    The chorus of those calling for the resignation of Richard Falk from his position with the U.N. Human Rights Council is growing ever louder. Falk is the U.N. official who last week penned an essay reprinted in Foreign Policy Journal, essentially blaming U.S. foreign policy for the terrorist bombing of … More

    The Story of an Iraq War Veteran, His SUV, and Military Readiness (VIDEO)

    Ten years of war have put major wear and tear on U.S. military equipment — creating a scenario of a “hollow force” that threatens the government’s promise to provide for the common defense. Heritage hosts a panel of experts today at 11 a.m. ET to examine the consequences for U.S. security … More

    Afghanistan: "Zero Option" Has Zero Chance of Working

    Senator John McCain (R–AZ) bombarded top U.S. commander in Afghanistan General Joseph Dunford at a recent Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with tough questions when he refused to give a concrete recommendation on the post-2014 U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan: Don’t you understand, general, that…one of the reasons why we’re … More

    Defense: Mismatch Between Strategy and Ability

    In a recent article in National Review, Heritage distinguished fellow and former Senator Jim Talent (R–MO) explains that the U.S. military is facing a troubling future. Talent describes how “every category of primary risk to American security is growing.” China is displaying increasing boldness in defense of its disputed territorial … More

    Syria: Al-Qaeda Consolidates Its Influence

    The leader of al-Qaeda’s Iraq branch, the Islamic State of Iraq, announced on Tuesday the formal merger of his organization and Jabhat al-Nusra (“Victory Front”), an al-Qaeda-controlled front group that has played a growing role inside Syria. Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared, “It’s now time to declare in front of … More

    Middle East Not So Happy with Obama

    Under President Obama’s leadership, U.S. influence among Middle East nations has waned, and in fact declined since President Bush left office. During last week’s visit to Ramallah, Palestine, Obama was the object of demonstrations by irate Palestinians. They are not alone in their anger over neglect and unfulfilled presidential promises, … More