The War on Terror

We are engaged in a hard struggle against a cruel and determined adversary. Our enemies have made clear the danger they pose to our security and to the very essence of our culture ...liberty. Only the most deluded of us could doubt the necessity of this war. Like all wars, this one will have its ups and downs. But we must fight. We must.

– Senator John McCain, 2004

 

 

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The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing at 2:30pm today on the President’s proposed defense budget for Fiscal Year 2016.  Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Army General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will testify.  This hearing is an important opportunity for lawmakers to not only address sequestration’s continuing impact on America’s...
The House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing at 10:00am today on the President’s proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against ISIS.  Christine Wormuth, the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and Army General Lloyd Austin, the head of U.S. Central Command, will testify.  This hearing is an important opportunity for lawmakers to address the status of...
Congress will hold two important hearings today on pressing national security issues.  At 10:00am, the House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on the President’s proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against ISIS.  General Lloyd Austin, the head of U.S. Central Command, and Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Christine Wormuth will testify.  At 2:...
The assassination of Boris Nemtsov just steps away from the Kremlin was shocking but, sadly, not entirely surprising. Mr. Nemtsov, 55, a former deputy prime minister and member of the Duma, had become a leader of the democratic opposition to the authoritarian rule of Vladimir Putin. Now he is the most recent and most prominent of Putin’s murdered critics.Nemtsov was killed two days...
Sometimes a speech is just a speech. Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech about Iran policy on March 3 will not be his first address to Congress. It will make familiar, if important, arguments. One might assume that, like the vast majority of speeches, it would soon be overtaken by events in Israel and the United States and the world.But the Obama administration’s reaction to the Israeli prime minister’s...
February 27, 2015 | Middle East | William Kristol
You can’t have a peace dividend without the peace. Nearly four years ago, Congress passed the Budget Control Act of 2011, which cut $487 billion from projected defense spending over the next ten years. The act also paved the way for sequestration, which would slash an additional $495 billion from the defense budget, for an overall total of almost $1 trillion in cuts. Yet now, after six months at...
February 27, 2015 | American Leadership | David Adesnik | Defense
On February 26, the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill about the latest developments in nuclear negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran. David Albright of the Institute for Science and International Security, Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and Michael Singh of the Washington Institute...
February 27, 2015 | Middle East
Do we really need the Israeli prime minister to appear before Congress to explain the dangers and pitfalls of certain prospective deals on Iran’s nuclear weapons programs? Would we not know otherwise? Have the U.S. critics of those prospective deals lost their voice? Are they shy about expressing their concerns? Are they inarticulate or incompetent? Do they lack the wherewithal to get their...
February 27, 2015 | Middle East | Robert Kagan
In "A Major Russian Opposition Figure Was Just Shot Dead in Moscow," Business Insider reporter Armin Rosen writes:Prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in Moscow today.According to one Moscow-based reporter, Nemtsov was attacked "200 [meters] from the Kremlin walls."...Nemtsov's death is a significant development, according to Hannah Thoburn, a Eurasia analyst at the...

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