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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Speaking in Tallinn, Estonia, President Barack Obama earlier this month affirmed America's commitment to defend NATO allies in Eastern Europe. The reassurance was welcomed, particularly by the Baltic republics, which have been feeling the heat from Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Yet Mr. Obama's speech telegraphed an unintended message to Moscow: Keep Crimea and continue violating Ukraine's...
September 17, 2014 | American Leadership | Europe | James Kirchick
We're at war. We're putting boots on the ground. We're not waiting around for the host nation's government to get its affairs in order, or for a regional coalition to commit first. The president has apparently overcome his reluctance to use the military, his worries about a commitment to intervene without an exit strategy, and his usual reluctance to acknowledge (even implicitly) that his ...
September 16, 2014 | Africa | American Leadership | William Kristol
Congress plans to vote this week on legislation that would authorize the Obama administration to provide the moderate Syrian opposition with equipment and training to combat ISIS. Media reports indicate that significant bipartisan cooperation will be required in order to approve the measure. The Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) believes the following fact sheet will be useful as lawmakers and...
Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will testify before Congress in several hearings this week. Their appearances follow President Obama’s announcement of a new strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), which has taken control over large...
In "NATO Chief Warns Moscow: No More Stealth Invasions," The Daily Beast reporter Eli Lake writes:On Monday, NATO Commander Gen. Philip Breedlove had a not-so-subtle message for Russia: it will consider stealth and unofficial invasions to be a trigger for war.Europe knows these stealth invasions all too well. Russia first sent teams of special operations forces wearing uniforms without...
September 15, 2014 | Europe | Hannah Thoburn
In his September 10 speech to the nation, President Obama said, “This is American leadership at its best: We stand with people who fight for their own freedom; and we rally other nations on behalf of our common security and common humanity.”Obama’s wrong. Standing with people who fight for their own freedom and rallying other nations are good things. But they’re not American leadership at its...
While the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) has proclaimed its “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria, the world is paying too little attention to Boko Haram, its deadly imitator in northeast Nigeria. Late in August, the terrorist group’s leader declared the establishment of his own Islamic caliphate in Africa, and in past weeks, he has seized a significant amount of territory there.Although Boko...
September 12, 2014 | Africa | War On Terror | Caitlin Poling
President Obama outlined his strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in an address to the nation on Wednesday evening, but it is uncertain if the White House has given this new initiative the resources it needs to succeed, or even if it is suited to the task of destroying the resilient terrorist group. Today, Kimberly Kagan, Frederick Kagan,...
September 12, 2014 | American Leadership | Middle East | War On Terror
President Obama outlined a strategy last night that he believes will “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State: a “systematic” campaign of airstrikes against jihadi group's forces coupled with increased assistance to both the Iraqi government and the moderate Syrian opposition. The model for this method, the president said, is the counterterrorism campaign that the United States has...

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