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    State Department Board Recommendation: Ignore the Constitution, Break the Law

    On November 27, a State Department advisory board, the International Security Advisory Board (ISAB), recommended that the Obama Administration ignore the Constitution and break the law to unilaterally reduce the number of nuclear arms in the U.S. nuclear stockpile. Set aside the fact that such unilateral arms control measures would … More

    Report on Benghazi Attack Falls Short on Investigation

    Today, State Department officials testify before the Senate and House of Representatives’ respective foreign affairs committees on the findings of the Accountability Review Board’s (ARB) report on the September 11 terrorist attack against the U.S. Special Mission in Benghazi. Released yesterday, the report demonstrates the State Department’s profound failure to … More

    Morning Bell: What's at Stake in the Democratic Republic of Congo

    Hollywood actor Ben Affleck brings his star power to Congress today to testify on the security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and its implications for the United States. Affleck will be joined at the hearing by Heritage’s James Jay Carafano, who will explain why the Obama … More

    Your Opinion Needed for the State Department

    The State Department wants your opinion. No, not on weighty matters like the Arab Spring/Winter, relations with Russia, the state of NATO, or Chinese free-trade violations. The pressing question of the day is whether it should rename its blog DipNote. To tell the truth, the options are not exactly mind-blowing, … More

    Select Committee on Benghazi: Precedent Exists

    In the aftermath of the September 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, the Obama Administration announced efforts to investigate the facts behind the attack and the state of U.S. security at overseas diplomatic facilities. While the reports, undertaken by the State Department’s Accountability and Review Board (ARB) … More

    China’s Claims on Its Neighbors Are No Laughing Matter

    The Chinese continue to unite their neighbors against them. The most recent controversy is a map featured in new PRC passports that poses particular problems for Manila, Hanoi, Taipei, and New Delhi. It encompasses vast swaths of territory that their countries also claim—most of it water (and the underlying resources) … More

    India's Execution of Mumbai Attacker Is Reminder of Pakistani Foot Dragging

    Nearly four years after the horrific Mumbai attacks that left more than 160 dead, including six Americans, India put to death the lone surviving gunman, Pakistani citizen Ajmal Kasab. The Indian government conducted the execution quietly at a facility in Pune—a city in Western India about 90 miles from Mumbai. … More

    Was There Ever a Real "U.S. Consulate" in Benghazi?

    In the many news reports published since the tragic and mysterious assassinations of four Americans in Libya on September 11, 2012, the scene of the terrorist attack is referred to variously as the “U.S. consulate” in Benghazi, the “U.S. mission” in Benghazi, or even as an American “embassy” in Benghazi. … More

    Morning Bell: Benghazi Hearings Begin on Capitol Hill

    Today, hearings begin in the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees on the terrorist attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11. In a new Issue Brief, Heritage’s James Jay Carafano and Morgan Lorraine Roach write: Understanding … More

    Congress Seeks Answers on Benghazi

    On Thursday, members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees should bring us closer to an understanding of what went so disastrously wrong at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi during the terrorist attack on September 11 that left one U.S. ambassador and three CIA … More