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ISSUE BRIEF POSTED OCTOBER 6, 2014 BY JAMES PHILLIPS
The Rise of Al-Qaeda’s Khorasan Group: What It Means for U.S. National Security
The air strikes against Islamist terrorist groups in Syria that the U.S. launched on September 22 included strikes against a group that few Americans had heard about before: the Khorasan group. Although sometimes mistakenly characterized as a new terrorist group, Khorasan is a new tentacle of an old organization—the al-Qaeda high-command or core group. The rise of the…
COMMENTARY POSTED SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 BY EDWIN J. FEULNER, PH.D.
Isolating the Islamic State
It’s good to see President Obama move beyond the “we don’t have a strategy yet” phase in the fight against the Islamic State. On the plus side, he seems to have a good grasp of just how serious a threat the Islamic State poses to the United States and much of the free world. The fact that an attack on the U.S. homeland won’t occur tomorrow is no excuse for inaction…
COMMENTARY POSTED SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 BY PETER BROOKES
President Obama too fond of fairy tales
President Obama would rather have been anywhere else on Earth but at that White House podium Wednesday night unveiling a new counterterror strategy for dealing with the Islamic State (aka ISIS or ISIL) in Iraq and Syria. Why? The speech — given in the shadow of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks — cut sharply counter to the “wishful-thinking” narrative…
COMMENTARY POSTED SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 BY JAMES JAY CARAFANO, PH.D.
Obama's ISIS strategy: Why Bush's 2007 warning on Iraq matters
Replaying the video of President Bush's 2007 warning against a premature withdrawal U.S. troops from Iraq is all the rage. In the last 24 hours, millions of Americans have “gone to the tape."  But, unlike a referee’s decision in an NFL game, President Obama’s blown call on this question can't be reversed. There are no do-overs in war.   Still, Mr. Bush’s comments are…
COMMENTARY POSTED SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 BY JAMES JAY CARAFANO, PH.D.
Why Obama's ISIS Speech Is No Strategy: 5 Concerns Going Forward
If making a speech served as strategy, then FDR would have checked that block by declaring Pearl Harbor a day of infamy. But not so. Long before the Japanese bombers and Zeros hit Pearl, Roosevelt’s team had put in months of hard thinking, planning and decision-making to prepare for the nightmare scenario of a two-front conflict with Germany and Japan. And after the…
COMMENTARY POSTED SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 BY JAMES PHILLIPS
The message ISIS wants to send to America, the world
The grisly propaganda videos released by Islamist terrorists of the executions of innocent American hostages are coldly calculated to intimidate the terrorist group’s enemies, inspire its followers and incite further attacks against the United States and our allies. The Islamic State (formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS) considers the videos a…
COMMENTARY POSTED SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 BY JAMES JAY CARAFANO, PH.D.
Why Obama Needs a Strategy for Saving Jordan
President Obama’s recent press conference sparked a firestorm of concern over the state of his strategy for dealing with ISIS. But ISIS isn’t the only Middle East challenge deserving some well-thought-out “strategery.” The administration also needs to craft a solid, sustainable plan for supporting the people of Jordan. On the surface, the fate of Jordan may not appear to…
COMMENTARY POSTED SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 BY PETER BROOKES
Wolves at NATO’s door
Today’s NATO Summit in Wales, where the leaders of 28 European and North American countries, including the United States, will meet to address pressing security challenges, is arguably the most important in a generation. Why? The wolves are at the door. The NATO allies must find a way to deal successfully with both Russia’s muscle-flexing in Eastern Europe and the…
COMMENTARY POSTED SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 BY KIM R. HOLMES, PH.D., WILLIAM INBODEN, PH.D.
The U.S. Needs a New Foreign Policy Agenda for 2016 (A Four-Part Series)
Part One: Why It's Needed It is a little more than two years before the next presidential election, but foreign policy might figure more prominently in the 2016 cycle than it has in recent elections. World events are deteriorating -- rapidly -- and national security is more on people's minds. There is widespread popular discontent with the current administration's…
COMMENTARY POSTED AUGUST 25, 2014 BY DANIEL KOCHIS
We’re All in this Together: U.S. Allies Should Do More to Confront ISIS
Make no mistake, ISIS’s methodical march of savagery across the Middle East threatens more than the religious and ethnic minorities caught in its path. The United States and its allies, especially those in the region, have every reason to be concerned about the human cost of allowing ISIS to roam freely. Any rational person must be disgusted by the cold-blooded murders…
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