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    Navy SEAL from "Lone Survivor" Sets This Journalist Straight on What It Means to Protect America

    Movie critics have called “Lone Survivor” the best war-time movie since “Saving Private Ryan.” The film — based on the true story of Navy SEALs on a mission in Afghanistan — caused CNN’s Jake Tapper to question the operation that took the lives of 19 men. The Navy SEALs were tasked … 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

    Air Force to Ground 1 in 3 Aircraft Over Budget Concerns

    Just days before President Obama released his fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget request, the Air Force reported that it will have to ground one-third of its aircraft due to budget constraints. Operations and maintenance accounts will be hit particularly hard, causing the Air Force to severely restrict which of its … More

    The Way Forward in Afghanistan

    The lack of a clear strategy for Afghanistan post-2014 endangers the gains that the United States and its Afghan allies have made in the past decade. As 2014 draws nearer and the troop drawdown continues, the U.S. is entering into a new era of strategic engagement with Afghanistan. A panel … More

    Israel Signals Need for American Leadership in Addressing Iran’s Nuclear Threat

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak recently made comments that have fueled speculation about the looming confrontation with Iran over its nuclear weapons program. In an interview published by the Daily Beast on Friday, Barak was asked if there was any way that Israel could launch a military strike at Iran’s … More

    WORD CLOUD: Obama and Romney at the Final Presidential Debate

    In what has been a season of memorable debates, President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney faced off one last time at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL. America’s role in the world, Israel and Iran, the war in Afghanistan, the changing Middle East and China’s rise were all topics … More

    Morning Bell: We Can't Give Up on Afghanistan

    Yesterday marked the 11-year anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, which was launched just three and a half weeks after the 9/11 attacks. Recently, U.S. troop deaths in Afghanistan reached the 2,000 mark. These markers—combined with the horror of “insider attacks” by Afghan soldiers against allied fighters—beg an accounting … More

    Is the War on Terror Over? Are Islamists Now 'Legitimate'?

    There’s a bunch of good news coming from one senior official in the State Department. According to this unnamed source, “the war on terror is over,” and “people who once might have gone into al Qaeda see an opportunity for a legitimate Islamism.” That may be true if—and only if—you … More

    U.S.-Afghan Strategic Partnership Agreement Marks Breakthrough

    Despite serious setbacks for the U.S. in Afghanistan over the last three months, the two countries were able to conclude a Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) over the weekend that lays a broad framework for U.S.–Afghan relations following the end of U.S. and NATO combat operations in 2014. The agreement will … More

    Alleged Killings by American Soldier Rattle Afghanistan

    Details are still emerging on the killings of 16 Afghan civilians by a U.S. soldier in Kandahar province. U.S. officials call it an isolated incident in which one rogue soldier acted alone. Obviously if the initial reports are true, this is a horrifying event that will shake how Americans and … More