Democracy And Human Rights

Do not forget those who suffer under tyranny and violence. Do not abandon them to the evils of totalitarian rule or democratic neglect. For the freedom we celebrate is not the freedom to starve, or the freedom to languish in a long starless night of the soul. This, at least, is something that should be beyond debate.

– President Ronald Reagan, 1992

 

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At this writing, it seems that the hundreds of trucks sent by Moscow with supplies for the residents of Eastern Ukraine will be delivered without further incident. For over a week, the long convoy wended its way toward the Ukrainian border, carrying with it the prospect for a spike in tensions between Moscow and Kiev. Concerns over the trucks’ contents—were they humanitarian supplies, or was the...
On Tuesday, August 19, an American citizen, James Foley, was savagely killed. The group of jihadists known as ISIL had previously killed and brutalized tens of thousands of non-Americans. But they killed Foley because he was an American. They titled the grotesque video of this particular act of barbarism “A message to America.”On Wednesday, the president of the United States of America spoke...
Here are the two best responses I've seen so far to the latest barbarism from ISIS.My friend Seth Leibsohn, now a talk radio host in Phoenix, emails with a short-term suggestion:The brazen and videoed decapitation of an American by ISIS terrorists should trigger immediate holy hell from the President of the United States. He should open up America's military cupboard to bomb every known ISIS...
The president is appalled. Indeed he said this afternoon that "the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL." The act of violence that killed Jim Foley, the president continued, "shocks the conscience of the entire world."What happens in the age of Obama to a group that does something that appalls and shocks the conscience of the entire world?Nothing...
America’s nuclear arsenal plays a central—and often underappreciated—role in protecting U.S. and allied security.  Indeed, the congressionally-mandated National Defense Panel (NDP) recently reaffirmed that our nuclear forces are "unique and crucial" to U.S. defense strategy.The NDP also warns of the “looming obsolescence” of America's nuclear arsenal, a risk made worse by a decade's worth of...
August 18, 2014 | American Leadership | Defense
Speakers:Michael Pregent, Washington, D.C.Adjunct Lecturer, College of International Security Affairs, National Defense UniversityVance Serchuk, New York CityAdjunct Senior Fellow, Center for a New American SecurityBilal Wahab, Washington, D.C. Professor of International Studies, The American University of Iraq, SulaimaniFriday, August 15, 2014  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Speaker...
August 15, 2014 | American Leadership | Middle East | Podcast
President Barack Obama deserves praise for hosting the first ever U.S.-Africa Summit last week. Yet if this summit’s flurry of activities — which brought some 50 African leaders to Washington, D.C. — are to amount to genuine achievement, the United States will need to match words with deeds. Renewed American efforts to promote trade and develop infrastructure in Africa would be a good place to...
Grave consequences have followed President Barack Obama’s refusal to empower Syria’s moderate rebels. Islamist extremists, especially foreign fighters, now control large amounts of territory in Syria and Iraq and pose long-term threats to America and our partners in the Middle East and Europe. But while the president has been criticized for his decision, it’s remarkable how so much criticism is...
In a highly anticipated report, a bipartisan group of former civilian and military leaders recently concluded that U.S. security could face grave dangers if Washington fails to quickly reverse a decade’s worth of deep cuts to defense spending.  Known as the National Defense Panel (NDP), they urge immediate and sustained investments to improve the readiness, capacity, and capability not only...
August 12, 2014 | American Leadership | Defense | Evan Moore

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