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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One year ago, Rex Tillerson told students at the University of Texas that he had “a very close relationship” with Vladimir Putin and that Exxon Mobil had profited greatly from its investments in Russia. Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tillerson worked hard to dispel the notion that his intimacy with Putin would prevent him from standing up to the Kremlin. Whereas the...
Thirty-six years ago this week, the 444-day Iranian hostage crisis came to an end just minutes after Ronald Reagan’s inauguration. To be sure, the timing of the release, which followed months of negotiations with the outgoing U.S. administration, likely stemmed from Tehran’s wish to humiliate Jimmy Carter rather than fear of his successor. Nevertheless, the confluence of events has come to...
January 18, 2017 | Bulletin | Middle East | Tzvi Kahn
Just weeks after 9/11, Charles Krauthammer declared in these pages that our holiday from history—the 1990s—had come "to an abrupt end." And the United States did get back to work—briefly. But it turns out that President George W. Bush's exhortation in the aftermath of 9/11 that we should keep on shopping—though understandable and perhaps defensible in context—captured the broader truth: We were...
January 13, 2017 | American Leadership | William Kristol
For decades, anti-communism united conservatives behind the Republican Party. An otherwise disparate collection of national security hawks, free-market enthusiasts and social traditionalists rallied to the GOP, resolutely committed to checking Soviet influence around the world. All of these constituencies had reason to despise godless, revolution-exporting Bolsheviks. Although Russia no longer...
January 6, 2017 | Europe | James Kirchick
By FPI Board Member Eric Edelman and Robert JosephOf President-elect Trump’s tweets since winning the election, the one drawing the greatest criticism may well be his comment last week that the United States "must strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes." The next day, his critics went downright ballistic when the president-...
January 6, 2017 | Asia-Pacific | Defense | Europe
U.S. contribution to NATO common funded budget: $685 million.Cost of U.S. Nimitz Class aircraft carrier: $8.5 billion.Unprecedented peace and prosperity in Europe and Asia: Priceless.For a man who assesses everything in terms of dollar signs, it’s no surprise President-elect Donald Trump sees global alliances as just another form of deal-making. One of the few consistent themes in Trump’s...
Monday's devastating terrorist attack at a Berlin Christmas Market was bleakly inevitable.With their wooden stalls, sickly sweet Glühwein, and fairground spirit, Christmas markets are a beloved German tradition. Every town has at least one (Berlin hosts about 60) and Germans of all ages annually flock to these crowded, festive gatherings despite the bitter cold.Unfortunately, this mixture of...
December 22, 2016 | Europe | War On Terror | James Kirchick
On January 12, 1950, Secretary of State Dean Acheson delivered a speech in Washington, the reverberations of which were felt on the other side of the world. Describing U.S. foreign policy objectives in Asia, a region where both China and the Soviet Union were seeking to spread Marxist-Leninist revolution, Acheson declared that America had established, by force of arms, a “defensive perimeter"...
The situation in Syria continues to deteriorate.  In remarks at the State Department today, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the Assad regime’s despicable and barbaric campaign against his own people saying, “The Assad regime is actually carry out nothing short of a massacre.  We have witnessed indiscriminate slaughter—not accidents of war, not collateral damage, but frankly...

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