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    U.S. Special Forces Will Be Weakened by Defense Budget Cuts

    Since the May 2, 2011, Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, President Obama has lauded the mission’s success and championed U.S. Special Forces as a major component of future military operations. Both Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta have stressed that, as conventional forces draw down in … More

    Iraq Plunges into Chaos as Obama Administration Celebrates End of U.S. Military Presence

    The Obama Administration’s risky decision to seek the quickest possible exit from Iraq has contributed to a mushrooming political crisis there that is rapidly unraveling the hard-won gains of U.S. troops and threatens to plunge the country into a civil war that will greatly benefit Iran. Shortly after the December … More

    Abrupt End of the U.S. Military Mission Boosts Security Risks in Iraq

    Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta presided over a muted ceremony in Baghdad yesterday marking the end of the U.S. military mission in Iraq. He proclaimed that the United States had achieved its goal of establishing “an Iraq that could govern and secure itself.” But he warned that “Iraq will be … More

    Administration Sends Mixed Messages to Iraq

    Last Thursday marked the closing of the 38th Baghdad International Trade Fair, an annual event intended to showcase international corporations to Iraqis and Iraqi corporations to the world. This year’s installment, lasting 10 days and drawing more than 1 million visitors, was made all the more special by the fact … More

    PODCAST: The Futures of Libya and Iraq

    In this week’s Heritage in Focus, foreign policy expert James Carafano fills us in on the latest news throughout the Middle East. Click here to listen. Now that Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi is gone, what’s next? President Obama has announced the withdrawal of all troops from Iraq by the end … More

    Morning Bell: Obama's Iraq Failure

    To hear President Barack Obama describe the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, you’d think it was a long-anticipated political victory, the fruition of a promise he made when campaigning for the White House. But his announcement last week that American troops in Iraq will return by the end of … More

    Politics Trumps Security in Obama's Bungled Troop Negotiations with Iraq

    After denying last week that the negotiations to extend the U.S. troop presence in Iraq were failing, the Obama Administration pivoted on Friday as President Obama announced that the U.S. troop presence would not be extended. The President sought to turn a dangerous outcome for Iraq’s security and the war … More

    Obama's Middle East: Withdrawal from Iraq

    The word is out that all U.S. troops will be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of the year. While every American shares the conviction that we don’t want any U.S. troops stationed in a Middle East country a day longer than they need to be, it is tragic to … More

    Iraqi Government Balks in Negotiations over Extending U.S. Troop Presence

    The Obama Administration’s Iraq policy is in disarray amid reports that negotiations have broken down with the Iraqi government over extending the U.S. military presence past the end of the year. The Associated Press reported on Saturday that all U.S. troops would leave Iraq by December 31, except for 160 … More

    Washington in a Flash: Same Old, Same Old in Obama's Deficit Plan

    Driving the conversation: President Obama released his deficit reduction plan on Monday, which would reduce the national debt by $3 trillion over ten years through a variety of tax hikes, superficial cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, and by incorporating savings gleaned from drawing down America’s military presence in the Middle … More