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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Havana — I’ve visited more than my fair share of dictatorships, but Cuba is the only one where travelers at the airport must pass through a metal detector upon entering, in addition to leaving, the country. Immediately after clearing customs at José Marti International Airport, visitors line up for a security check. Anyone found carrying contraband — counterrevolutionary books, say, or a spare...
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is concluding his visit to the United States, after having met with President Obama and addressed a joint meeting of Congress.  Prior to the Prime Minister’s visit, the United States and Japan released new guidelines for defense cooperation.  Although Abe’s arrival did much to highlight the importance of an active U.S. diplomatic, economic, and...
April 30, 2015 | American Leadership | Asia-Pacific
Dear Secretary Carter, Chairman McCain, Ranking Member Reed, Chairman Thornberry, Ranking Member Smith, Chairman Cochran, Ranking Member Durbin, Chairman Frelinghuysen, and Ranking Member Visclosky:In 2013, a bipartisan group of defense experts came together to warn Pentagon and Congressional leaders of the growing imbalances within the defense budget that threaten the health and viability of...
Russia has been notoriously brazen in using state-owned companies as instruments of national power. President Vladimir Putin’s natural-gas wars with Belarus and Ukraine made headlines and sometimes left substantial parts of Europe in the cold. But Moscow’s exploits in other energy-related areas have been less noticed.Recent revelations about the concerted Russian effort to buy up uranium...
April 29, 2015 | Europe | Hannah Thoburn
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is poised to make history when he appears before a Joint Session of Congress tomorrow.  As the first Japanese head of government to address Congress, Abe’s speech marks an overdue milestone for one of America’s most important allies. Abe’s history-making achievements will not be found in the pomp and circumstance of the joint session or state dinner, however, but in...
Tehran’s April 14 statement that Beijing plans to build new nuclear power plants in Iran reflects a shared strategic objective: the subversion of U.S. interests in the Middle East. Yet the announcement, which closely follows the proposed nuclear framework agreement reached on April 2, should hardly come as a surprise. Since the 1980s, China and Iran have developed a robust...
Americans are rightly proud of their country’s commitment to preventing starvation across the globe. Yet the American government could do a much better job of spending taxpayer dollars in a way that provides the greatest aid to the greatest number of hungry individuals. Current law requires the government to purchase almost all of its donated food from American producers, and then ship food aid...
April 25, 2015 | American Leadership | Lindsay Markle
As always, Winston Churchill said it best. Here he is on March 24, 1938, speaking less than two weeks after the Anschluss, the Nazi annexation of Austria:"For five years I have talked to the House on these matters—not with very great success. I have watched this famous island descending incontinently, fecklessly, the stairway which leads to a dark gulf. It is a fine broad stairway at the...
On Wednesday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee conducted a hearing that analyzed the prospective nuclear agreement with Iran. The hearing, which featured testimony from David Albright of the Institute for Science and International Security, former head of the Iraq Survey Group Charles Duelfer, and Stephen G. Rademaker of the Bipartisan Policy Center and the Podesta Group, discussed key...
April 24, 2015 |

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