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    Fighting New Terror Threats Requires Defining Them

    The way the U.S. President talks about terrorism matters. As chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Representative Michael McCaul (R–TX), recently put it, “Great leaders do not tell their constituency what they want to hear; they tell them what they need to know.… The American people deserve to make … More

    Q&A on Embassy Closings and Terrorist Threats

    James Carafano, Heritage’s vice president for foreign and defense policy and the E. W. Richardson Fellow, sat down with us to answer some frequently asked questions about the recent terrorist threats, embassy closures, and National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs. Q. Is the threat against U.S. embassies credible? A. Yes. … More

    Morning Bell: Where NOT to Travel This Month

    The State Department closed 21 U.S. embassies over the weekend and issued a travel alert for Americans regarding the Middle East and northern Africa, warning of possible terrorist threats in the region. Where did the intelligence come from that prompted the caution? As NBC’s Brian Williams said, “It all began … More

    War of Tweets: The State Department Takes on Islamists

    Twitter and other social media are the new battle ground in the war of ideas between Islamist radicals and the U.S. State Department. Since July 17, Islamist tweeters and the State Department’s Digital Outreach Team (DOT) have been dueling on Twitter. The DOT is part of the State Department’s Center … More

    Embassy Closings Reflect Benghazi Failure

    The closing of 21 U.S. embassies throughout the Middle East grows out of the September 11, 2012, Benghazi attack in at least two ways: The failure of the Obama Administration to retaliate in any way against those who attacked our consulate and killed a U.S. ambassador has emboldened the enemies … More

    Great Green Fleet = Big Red Ink

    It seems that Washington has a mandate, subsidy, or loan program for every bad idea. Today’s example is military biofuels. Just this spring, the Defense Department issued another multimillion-dollar set of contracts for firms to develop refineries whose biofuels, in theory, would not be that much more expensive than conventional … More

    Iran in Latin America: State Department Ignores Allies

    The State Department recently released a report to Congress assessing the threat posed by Iran in the Western Hemisphere. Regrettably, it seems that the State Department neglected to consult with U.S. allies in Latin America and ignored research that contradicted their assertions. Indeed, the report paints a rosy picture, suggesting … More

    Will President Obama Call the London Attack Terrorism?

    President Obama refused to call the London terror attack terrorism yesterday in his major speech on countering terrorism. In fact, he did not even utter the word “London” once. There was no mention of the attack; no description of it as terrorism; no pointing out that the attack shows why … More

    Morning Bell: President Obama Is Tired of Fighting Terrorism

    “We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender…” These were words President Obama never used during his speech at the National Defense University yesterday. Rather, … More