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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

    Clinton on Benghazi: Protest, Terrorist Attack–What Difference Does It Make?

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Senate and House hearings on the terrorist attack on Benghazi, Libya, yesterday did not throw much more light on the affair or its aftermath. There was plenty of heat, though. Clinton’s totally inappropriate sarcasm and theatrics in response to a line of questioning by Senator … More

    Algeria Hostage Crisis: Why U.S. Bases in Europe Are Vital

    Yesterday, Islamist militants seized a foreign-owned gas field in Algeria and took dozens of Western hostages, including several Americans. This attack was allegedly in response to Algeria allowing French warplanes to transit Algerian airspace to strike militants in neighboring Mali. Even though U.S. citizens are being held at gunpoint in … 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

    Egypt: Morsi Regime Rams Through New Egyptian Constitution

    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi today signed into law Egypt’s new constitution, which his fractured opposition has denounced as a betrayal of the original democratic goals of the 2011 revolution against the Hosni Mubarak regime. The constitution was written by an Islamist-dominated assembly that pushed through a draft over the objections … More

    Don’t Pull U.S. Troops Out of Europe

    Throughout recent federal budget discussions, strategies to pull America out of recession, and the potential for massive cuts to national security, one cost cutting idea has been to withdraw U.S. military forces from Europe. The primary arguments behind such proposals are that this will save money immediately and that these … More

    Defense Budget Priorities: Opting for American Decline

    Last week North Korea successfully launched an Unha-3 rocket, thereby demonstrating an alarming capability to target U.S. territory with ballistic missiles. China is rapidly expanding its fleets and arsenals in an unprecedented military build-up, while intimidating other countries in East Asia—including U.S. allies. The Middle East is a conflagration of … More

    How a Video of a Tunisian Fruit Seller Changed Middle East History

    Two years ago this week, the tragic suicide of a young Tunisian fruit seller set in motion events that roiled the Arab world and changed history. Twenty-seven-year-old Mohammed Bouazizi from the town of Sidi Bouzid had been struggling to feed his family and found his only means of doing so, … More

    Obama Administration Prepares to Resume Nuclear Talks with Iran as Congress Ratchets Up Sanctions

    The long-stalled talks on Iran’s nuclear program will soon resume. Earlier this week, European Union diplomat Helga Schmid contacted Iran’s deputy nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri, “to discuss the way ahead, including possible dates and venues for talks,” according to State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland. Three rounds of talks this year … More

    Strategic Shift Could Harm Middle East Policy

    The Pentagon’s strategic shift to the Asia-Pacific has come under increasing scrutiny as conflicts continue in the Middle East, particularly in Israel. Former Assistant Secretary of Defense Paul McHale recently contributed to this debate at the annual El Pomar Conference in Colorado Springs, saying, “The Administration’s strategy fails because it … More