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    Benghazi Terrorist Attack: The Difference It Makes

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton bristled in a heated moment at yesterday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing when pressed about why the Obama Administration initially failed to recognize the September 11 Benghazi, Libya, attack as terrorism. She countered: “Was it because of a protest or is it because of guys … More

    Zero Dark Thirty: Hollywood Hunts Bin Laden

    Zero dark thirty seemed like time the movie finally ended. The long-awaited film that chronicles how the CIA tracked down the mastermind of 9/11 opened in Washington this weekend. The Oscar-nominated movie seemed as long as waiting for it to come to D.C., covering more than a decade from the … More

    Syrian Crisis Escalates Amid Renewed Concern over Chemical Weapons

    On Monday, President Obama warned the beleaguered Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad not to use chemical weapons against its own people. “Today I want to make it absolutely clear to Assad and those under his command: The world is watching,” Obama said in a speech at the National Defense … More

    Debate Prep: The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism

    The final presidential debate, on foreign policy, is scheduled for Monday, October 22. Moderator Bob Schieffer announced that the topics will be: “America’s Role in the World,” “Our Longest War—Afghanistan and Pakistan,” “Red Lines—Israel and Iran,” “The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism,” and “The Rise of … More

    Middle East Policy a Focal Point of Vice Presidential Debate

    The Middle East played a prominent part in the debate between Vice President Biden and Representative Paul Ryan, with sharp exchanges over issues related to Libya, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. Ryan energetically lambasted the Obama Administration’s policies as naive and ineffective, while Biden maintained that Ryan proposed few clear alternatives. … More

    House Oversight Committee Probes Security Arrangements at Libyan Diplomatic Mission

    The Obama Administration’s continually evolving narrative about the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, prompted the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to conduct a hearing today on the adequacy of security arrangements. Representative Darrell Issa (R–CA), chairman of the committee, bridled at the State Department’s … More

    Libyan Consulate Attack: More Disturbing Facts Emerge

    As the Obama Administration’s account of the terrorist attack on the Benghazi consulate continues to evolve, disturbing new information has emerged about the consulate’s security environment. Two House Republicans say they have been informed by whistleblowers that the consulate was attacked or threatened 13 times before the September 11 attack … More

    9/11 Attack on U.S. Diplomats in Libya May Be Linked to Al-Qaeda

    There are growing suspicions that the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans may have been a terrorist operation launched by al-Qaeda or like-minded Libyan Islamist militants in revenge for the death of a high-ranking Libyan member of al-Qaeda. CNN reported late on Wednesday that … More

    Iraq's Refusal to Block Iran's Resupply of Syrian Regime Reflects Declining U.S. Influence

    Iraq’s government is resisting a request by the U.S. government to block Iranian planes from traversing Iraqi air space to resupply Syria’s repressive ruling regime, according to The Washington Post. Despite the certainty of U.S. officials that Iranian planes are transporting arms and other military equipment to Syria in violation … More

    Syria’s Growing Islamist Extremist Presence

    President Obama reportedly has signed an intelligence finding that authorizes U.S. support for Syrian rebels seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad’s dictatorship.  It remains unclear what is included in this “covert” aid, publicized in what looks like another leak, or when the finding was signed. But the United States must … More