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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Before Congress can render judgment on the nuclear deal with Iran, it must fully understand how the agreement will address Iran’s previous efforts to develop nuclear weapons. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) calls these activities the possible military dimensions (PMD) of Iran’s nuclear program, and they include everything from covert tests of nuclear detonators to designing warheads...
August 3, 2015 | David Adesnik | Fact Sheet | Middle East
News last month of the U.S. Army’s decision to cut 40,000 active-duty soldiers, shrinking to 450,000 by 2017, drew fusillades inside the Beltway. Sen. John McCain assailed “another dangerous consequence of budget-driven strategy.” Adam Smith, ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, fumed: “Sequestration and the Budget Control Act, which are responsible for slashing the defense...
August 2, 2015 | Defense | Mark Moyar
By FPI Board Member William Kristol and Stephen F. HayesTo paraphrase Lincoln, if we could first know where Iran is and whither Iran is tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it. To evaluate the Iran deal, we need, to the degree possible, to understand the Iranian regime, its nature and its history, its past and present behavior. The bad news is that the Obama...
By FPI Board Member William Kristol and Michael MakovskyIn May, President Barack Obama donned a yarmulke and spoke in a Washington, D.C., synagogue. He reminded his audience that Jeffrey Goldberg, a member of the congregation, once called him the “first Jewish president.” He claimed to be flattered by the characterization. And perhaps he was—most Jews, after all, voted for him for president, and...
July 31, 2015 | Middle East | William Kristol
U.S. lawmakers are carefully examining the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) ahead of a September vote to approve or disapprove the agreement.  As both the House and Senate hold hearings with administration officials and outside experts, the President and senior policymakers are meeting with Congressmen and Senators to persuade any uncommitted members.The Foreign Policy Initiative (...
July 30, 2015 | American Leadership | Middle East
It's the fourth quarter of the Obama presidency, and Obama's national security team is losing 35-0. According to the U.S. intelligence community, the global terrorist threats to the United States now exceed those from 2001. From the Levant to the East China Sea, Iranian, Russian and Chinese power creep forward at America's expense.One might expect team Obama to run a hurry-up offense using a new...
July 30, 2015 | American Leadership | Mark Moyar
This article is part of a briefing book on the provisions and consequences of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action published by The Tower. It can be read online here.The deal reached in July 2015 by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany – the P5+1 – and Iran, ostensibly to curb the latter’s nuclear program, will have far-reaching consequences beyond the scope of...
July 30, 2015 | Middle East | James Kirchick
In a recent speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, President Obama made sweeping claims about the benefits of the Iran nuclear deal. He said, "With this deal, we gain unprecedented access to Iran's nuclear facilities, and monitor them 24/7. Without a deal, we don't get that. With this deal, if Iran cheats, sanctions snap back on. Without a deal, the sanctions unravel." However, those claims are...
July 29, 2015 | Middle East | Evan Moore
Last Saturday, July 25, marked the end of Captive Nations Week, though you can’t be blamed for being caught unawares. Established via a 1959 presidential proclamation signed by U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, the commemorative week recognizing the plight of the “captive nations” — those countries either occupied by the Soviet Union or subjugated by communist puppet governments — is today...
On Monday, while visiting Ethiopia, President Obama qualified his mild criticisms of Ethiopia by saying his observations were made “from a position of respect and regard for the Ethiopian people, and recognizing their history and the challenges that they continue to face.”Ethiopia is a dictatorship. It holds a large number of journalists and dissidents in its jails. In the last election, the...

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