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    U.S. Embassies Remain Closed: 5 Heritage Must-Reads on Counterterrorism

    Twenty U.S. embassies and consulates remain closed throughout the Middle East, Africa, and Asia this week. The State Department says that “current information suggests that al-Qaida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in … More

    Morning Bell: Why Obama Is Failing the Middle East Meltdown and How to Fix It

    The breaking news keeps breaking when it comes to revelations surrounding the attacks and protests aimed at U.S. embassies going on throughout the Islamic world. Protests have spread to at least eight countries. Reports indicate that four people have been arrested relating to the killing of the U.S. Ambassador to … More

    10 Years After 9/11, God Bless America

    On the 10th anniversary of the tragic 9/11 attacks, we must remain vigilant and avoid losing the advances we have made in the long war to keep America safe and secure. Today, as we remember the nearly 3,000 fellow citizens who lost their lives in the attack, Heritage offers tributes … More

    Morning Bell: Patriot Act Facts

    Last night, despite a strong majority vote in favor of the bill, the House of Representatives fell seven votes short of the two-thirds they needed to suspend the rules and pass three key counterterrorism amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Many of the headlines you will read today … More

    Terrorists Strike at Sweden: What about US?

    Yes, the terrorists are trying to kill us. Breaking news from the Christian Science Monitor reports, “Two explosions rocked central Stockholm Saturday evening in what Swedish police have called a terrorist attack. One man, who appears to have been a suicide bomber, was killed, and two people were injured. The … More

    Podcast: 33rd Thwarted Terror Plot

    A couple weeks ago a bomb destined for the United States was stopped just minutes before detonation. This marks the 33rd foiled terror plot against the United States since 9/11. Heritage Foundation deputy director of foreign policy Jim Carafano talks about the thwarted plot with Heritage in Focus: We’ve had … More

    Mr. President, We Do Not Want to "Absorb" a Terrorist Attack

    Today, The Washington Post is reporting an exchange between President Obama and journalist/author Bob Woodward. The President is quoted as saying that “we can absorb a terrorist attack.” The President’s job is first and foremost to protect national security and American lives. Saying that we could “absorb” an attack does … More

    Not-So-Friendly Skies

    On Monday evening, Dutch authorities detained Ahmed Mohamed Nasser al Soofi (of Detroit) and Hezem al Murisi when their United Airlines flight from Chicago landed in Amsterdam. It’s always a big mistake to jump to “instant analysis” based on preliminary press reports. But it shouldn’t come as much of a … 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 2010 National Security Strategy, By the Numbers

    In the three months since President Barack Obama released his first National Security Strategy (NSS), the news has been dominated by his responses to domestic problems—from the economy to the Gulf oil spill to more stimulus spending. And that focus on traditionally domestic issues is reflected in the 2010 National … More