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    Al-Qaeda Resurges in Iraq

    Al-Qaeda, which has surged in strength on both sides of the Iraq–Syria border, captured two important cities in western Iraq on Friday. The seizure of Fallujah and Ramadi underscores the growing threat posed by the renamed al-Qaeda franchise, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The two cities were … More

    What Does a "Free Market" in Health Care Look Like? Here's an Example

    Conservatives often talk about the importance of a free market to improve health care quality and lower costs. What would it look like? An example could be found in the development of LASIK surgery. Dr. Craig Beyer, a practicing ophthalmologist and LASIK surgeon, was part of the team that performed … More

    Iraq Unravels in the Shadow of Syria’s Bloodbath

    Iraq, which has fallen out of the spotlight since the December 2011 U.S. troop withdrawal, has been plagued by rising internal conflict and instability. On Monday, al-Qaeda terrorists launched a brazen attack on two prisons near Baghdad and freed more than 500 prisoners. While the world’s attention has been focused … More

    Bedlam in Baghdad: Q&A on Iraq with James Phillips

    I sat down with James Phillips, Heritage’s Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs, to get his take on the violence in Iraq. Why the sudden spike in violence in Iraq? Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) has made a strong comeback due to the spillover effect of rising sectarian tensions in … More

    What Are America's Interests?

    It is not clear what the President meant when he said, “Ending the war was in our interest.” First, wars just don’t end. They are a win, a loss, or a draw. By implying that he simply “ended” the war by just following a plan – as if he were … More

    Hooah! Surge Heroes End Operation Iraqi Freedom

    “Operation Iraqi Freedom ends on your watch!” exclaimed Col. John Norris of the the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, as the final U.S. combat brigade crossed into Kuwait from Iraq early this morning. “Hooah!” his soldiers roared back. Norris later told The Washington Post: “They’re leaving as heroes. I … More

    The Audacity of Hypocrisy: Success in Iraq

    Yesterday, on Larry King Live, Vice President Joe Biden stated that the Iraq war could be one of the greatest successes of the Obama Administration. That is quite a shift of opinion. Considering that the success of Iraq is largely due to the “surge” that was ordered by President Bush … More

    It Depends On What Your Definition of "Enduring" Is

    When President George Bush made the case for the surge in Iraq in January 2007, he made it clear to the Iraqi people and our allies abroad that he would not bow to domestic political pressures by setting a date for troop withdrawal. President Barack Obama has chosen a different … More

    Morning Bell: Obama Must Lead On Afghanistan

    On March 27th, President Barack Obama followed through on one of his core campaign promises and announced a New Strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan that included sending an additional 21,000 troops to the region. Speaking from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Obama explained: “Multiple intelligence estimates have warned that al … More

    Obama Administration Must Focus on a Successful Transition in Iraq, Not Just an Exit Plan

    Yesterday Iraqis celebrated a new national holiday, National Sovereignty Day, which marked the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraqi cities. This partial pullback, which is a vindication of the Bush Administration’s surge strategy, has gone relatively unnoticed in Washington, perhaps because many members of the Obama Administration opposed the … More