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    Morning Bell: What We Still Don't Know About Benghazi

    Yesterday, President Obama nominated a new ambassador to Libya to succeed Christopher Stevens, who was killed in the terrorist attack in Benghazi last September 11. Six months after that attack—and two federal investigations later—we still have an alarmingly small amount of information about it. The Obama Administration made quite a … More

    Unanswered Questions About Benghazi Still Remain

    The revelation that at least one survivor of the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi remains hospitalized at Walter Reed Army Hospital has provoked renewed demands for accountability and answers. “Why hasn’t Congress had access to these survivors? Don’t we have an obligation to hear from them and … More

    Arms Sale Responsibility Act: Proceed with Caution

    The Arms Sale Responsibility Act (H.R. 599), introduced by Representative Raul Grijalva (D–AZ), contains a number of flaws that call for caution on the part of Congress. The U.S. is widely acknowledged to have the most responsible system of controls on the export of arms in the world: The State … More

    North Korea Threatens Nuclear Strike on U.S.

    So much for basketball diplomacy. Dennis Rodman’s meeting with his new BFF Kim Jong-un didn’t prevent the regime from threatening a pre-emptive nuclear strike to turn Washington, D.C., into a “sea of flames.” While Rodman’s trip can be dismissed as narcissistic self-promotion, North Korea’s bombastic rhetoric shouldn’t be so easily … More

    United Nations: U.S. Should Get More Bang for Its Buck

    Shouldn’t American foreign aid be aimed at nations that promote and support the initiatives and priorities of the United States in the United Nations? This is the focus of The Heritage Foundation’s recent Issue Brief titled “U.N. General Assembly: Foreign Aid Recipients Vote Against the U.S.” As authors Brett Schaefer … More

    Morning Bell: Obama Administration Buries Good News on Keystone Pipeline

    In Washington, a presidential Administration releases news it doesn’t like at 5 p.m. on Fridays. So it pays to pay attention when everyone is leaving work for the weekend. Late last Friday, the State Department released a positive environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline. President Obama has been delaying … More

    Keystone XL Pipeline Déjà vu

    Today the State Department released yet another positive environmental review for the northern portion of the Keystone XL pipeline project. The State Department approved the original pipeline route through Nebraska, which was supposedly less environmentally friendly, without any problems. It is no surprise, then, that the State Department also seems … More

    Argo Oscar Win Infuriates Iran, but the Iranian People Think Otherwise

    Sunday night, Argo—the Ben Affleck film portraying the rescue of U.S. Embassy staffers from Iran—won best picture at the Oscars. Iran may have boycotted this years’ Academy Awards by pulling its film submission, but it certainly didn’t ignore Argo’s Oscar win. The biggest winner may have been U.S. public diplomacy … More

    John Kerry: Nation’s Top Diplomat, Not So Diplomatic

    On his first international trip to Europe and the Middle East, John Kerry has been making headlines with his comments, which only reaffirm that his nomination was a questionable choice by President Obama. In Paris yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry pronounced that Iran has a government we have to … More

    Kerry: Diplomacy Is Hard Work

    On Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry took off on his first foreign trip of the capitals of Western Europe and the Arab world. The focus of the trip is the just-about-impossible task of creating international consensus on ending the civil war in Syria at a an international conference in … More