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    Terrorism Still Stalks Us at Home and Abroad

    An independent review of the FBI and Pentagon’s handling of the 2009 Fort Hood massacre is expected to make its way to the desk of FBI director Robert Mueller sometime next week. Commissioned in late 2009 and authored by former FBI and CIA director Judge William Webster, the report is … More

    Al-Qaeda May Be Hurting, but It Still Poses Threat to U.S.

    In a recent article, well-known CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen claims that al-Qaeda is defeated and that it is time to declare victory over the vaunted terrorist organization. While the elimination of Osama bin Laden and his top deputies over the past year signals major strides against the organization, … More

    Somebody Watched Too Many Episodes of 'The West Wing'

    The closer we get to the election, the more the White House rewrites the notion of “state secrets.” First there was the sneak-peek of Osama bin Laden’s mail. Then there were complaints about supplying Hollywood with inside information for a film version of the raid on bin Laden’s compound.  Now, … More

    Biden Blames Bush for Iran Problems

    After more than three years in office, the Obama Administration still is blaming the Bush Administration for its own difficulties. On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden made yet another attempt to pass the buck, claiming that the Bush Administration’s Iran policy was flawed and left the U.S. in an isolated … More

    Al-Qaeda Plot Disrupted: The War Goes On

    Yesterday, U.S. national security officials announced that the CIA and other U.S. agencies, working with foreign intelligence services, had uncovered and disrupted an al-Qaeda plot to bomb civilian aircraft. The terrorist operation, hatched by the Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which has launched several high-profile attacks in the … More

    Most Americans Agree: War on Terrorism Not Yet Won

    Last week, experts fired back at the assertion by an unnamed senior State Department official that “The war on terror is over.” Yet, according to a Rasmussen poll released today, it’s not just the experts who disagree. According to a telephone survey conducted by the well-known polling company, 79 percent … More

    Getting the Facts Straight on the Taliban

    The relationship between the Taliban and al-Qaeda was one of the hot topics of Monday night’s presidential debate. Candidate Ron Paul downplayed the dangers of the Taliban, declaring the “Taliban used to be our allies when we were fighting the Russians… The al-Qaeda wants to come here to kill us. … More

    The 9/11 Commission Recommendations -- 10 Years Later

    Last week, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Security Preparedness Group (NSPG)—a follow on to the original 9/11 Commission—reported that, 10 years after 9/11, nine of the 41 recommendations made by the commission remain unfulfilled. With scores like that, this report card certainly isn’t going to make it on anyone’s fridge. … More

    USA Had Legal Right to Enter Pakistan and Kill Bin Laden

    Was it legal for the United States to enter Pakistan, without their consent, to kill or capture Osama bin Laden?  The successful raid by the SEALs on May 2, 2011, which apparently occurred without the express or implied permission of Pakistan, has kicked off a debate in policy and legal … More

    Obama Tells Woodward: "We Can Absorb Another Terrorist Attack"

    Washington is reveling this week in one of its oldest traditions – dissecting a Bob Woodward book that analyzes the sitting president. While much focus will be given to what one senior official said about another senior official, there is real news that deserves the bulk of the attention. Specifically, … More