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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After a year of intense diplomatic negotiations, the Turkish government is now permitting the United States to use Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base, which will allow American aircraft to fly missions in Syria and Iraq with greater operational effectiveness and economic efficiency.The price of this agreement, however, may well be too high in the long run, both for the success of America’s anti-Islamic...
August 27, 2015 | Europe | Middle East | War On Terror | Eric Edelman
Burma’s president, Thein Sein, once said he could imagine Aung San Suu Kyi, the pro-democracy leader, as president of Burma. “If the people accept her, I will have to accept her,” he told an interviewer in September 2012. It was a remarkable statement from a former general whose military persecuted Aung San Suu Kyi for decades after her National League for Democracy party was prevented from...
This past week, Jeb Bush drew fire from Democrats and even some Republicans for pinning the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) on the Obama administration's withdrawal of American troops from Iraq in 2011. Supporters of Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time of the withdrawal, countered that ISIS was George W. Bush's fault because he invaded Iraq in the first place,...
August 26, 2015 | Middle East | War On Terror | Mark Moyar
By FPI Policy Director David Adesnik and Summer Analyst Alexander AugustineThe recent surge of violence in Ukraine serves as a potent reminder that the Russian war against that country continues unabated. While a period of relative quiet followed the signing of the “Minsk II” agreement in February, the extensive presence and activity of Russian armed forces in eastern Ukraine remains a wholesale...
August 26, 2015 | Bulletin | David Adesnik | Europe
The newly disclosed draft text of one of two confidential side deals to the Iranian nuclear agreement demonstrates that the inspections regime depends on trust, not verification. In fact, by allowing Tehran to inspect the Parchin military complex on its own, the side deal makes a mockery of President Obama’s claim that the nuclear agreement “is the strongest non-proliferation agreement ever...
August 25, 2015 | Bulletin | Middle East | Tzvi Kahn
Although it has received little attention in Washington, Iraq’s military and Iraqi Shiite militias allied with the Baghdad government have spent the summer organizing military operations against Ramadi, Fallujah, and other ISIS-held cities in Anbar Province. The Obama administration, which has largely kept quiet on the unfolding campaign, has at times tried to minimize the participation of Shiite...
August 20, 2015 | Bulletin | Middle East | War On Terror | Mark Moyar
On Friday, the US took another step in its pursuit of normalized relations with Cuba. Fifty-four years after President Eisenhower broke off relations with the Castro regime in 1961, the American flag was raised over the re-opened US Embassy in Havana in a ceremony attended by Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Cuban officials. The US side excluded Cuban democracy activists. Kerry explained in...
“Because this is such a strong deal, every nation in the world that has commented publicly, with the exception of the Israeli government, has expressed support. The United Nations Security Council has unanimously supported it. The majority of arms control and nonproliferation experts support it. Over 100 former ambassadors who served under Republican and Democratic presidents support it.”...
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August 14, 2015 |

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