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    The Beirut Bombing: 30th Anniversary of an Iranian Terrorist Plot

    Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of an event that should jog memories about why Iran cannot be trusted to abide by its weak and disingenuous promises on the nuclear issue: the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. The Marines were deployed as part of a Western … More

    Give the Marines a Kabar, Not a FUBAR

    FUBAR is military jargon for “fouled up beyond all recognition.” Kabar is the knife Marines carry. As things stand with sequestration, servicemen and women who protect our nation’s security stand to receive far more of the former and fewer of the latter. The Syrian imbroglio has, for the moment, obscured … More

    Obama at United Nations: The World Is Safer—or It Isn’t

      President Obama this morning laid out a foreign policy roadmap for the remainder of his presidency. However, his audience at the United Nations General Assembly might be excused for finding it confusing. In Obama’s speech, assertions were followed by contradictions, and top priorities were undermined by caveats. Under leadership … More

    Forging the Correct Foreign Policy

    As the United States considered intervention in Syria recently, a number of presidents and policy experts weighed in. Not simply on whether intervention would be sound policy but on whether the United States is exceptional. But the Founders had no doubt that we would be, because they founded the U.S. … More

    After Syrian Confusion, the Obama Doctrine Lies in Ruins

    Even as he took office, President Obama set out a vision of a doctrine that would “transform” the United States. In foreign policy, the “Obama Doctrine,” as Heritage’s Luke Coffey has summarized, is a policy of leading from behind in global affairs, presiding over dangerous defense cuts that leave America … More

    Iran: Change of Face or a Change of Tune?

    In the aftermath of the recent election of Hassan Rouhani, the world’s view of Iran has gradually softened. After all, Rouhani has reached out in unprecedented ways, including exchanging personal correspondence with President Obama, wishing Jews a blessed Rosh Hashanah, and expressing a continued desire to engage in direct talks … More

    Assad Has Friends Closer Than You Think

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has anti-American friends in the Western Hemisphere. In a move to exert his somewhat newly minted leadership status, Nicolas Maduro, the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez’s handpicked successor, sent a very colorful letter to President Obama pleading with him not to intervene in Syria. Laced with … More

    In the Midst of the Syria Crisis, the Military Is Not "Ready for Anything"

    The headline above a September 13 article in Politico blares that the Department of Defense is stating that the U.S. military is “ready for anything.” This statement comes in the context of the conflict in Syria while sequestration is almost complete for fiscal year 2013, and the leadership of the … More

    Obama’s Ad Lib Syria Policy Puts Putin in Driver’s Seat

    Moscow has quickly exploited Secretary of State John Kerry’s off-the-cuff remark on Monday about how Syria could avoid a U.S. military attack by giving up its chemical weapons. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov swiftly launched a Russian initiative, which Syria immediately welcomed. Now the Obama Administration has been drawn into … More

    Syrian Geopolitical Chess: Putin’s One-Two Punch

    Vladimir Putin’s op-ed in The New York Times is an attempt to talk to the American people over the heads of its elected representatives. For a Russian foreign policy practitioner, it is also an act of information warfare. After all, Russia views the United States as a strategic competitor, if … More