Analysis & Commentary


14th December 2015 - FOX Business

Cavuto Coast to Coast

James Woolsey

Former CIA Director Ambassador James Woolsey, former New York State Homeland Security Director Michael Balboni, and former Army Special Forces veteran Ben Collins discuss how President Obama can strategically take down ISIS.

14th December 2015 - FOX Business

Cavuto Coast to Coast

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah discusses the strategy to defeat ISIS.

14th December 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn comment on the latest from The Long War Journal.

11th December 2015 - The Long War Journal

US Military Fails To ‘Decimate’ Islamic State Leadership Despite Thousands Of Airstrikes

Bill Roggio

The US killed three senior Islamic State commanders in separate airstrikes in the Iraqi-Syrian theater in late November, with a US military spokesman touting the strikes as “an example of how we’re able to decimate networks.”

11th December 2015 - FOX News

Special Report with Bret Baier

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah comments on contradictions in the administration's policies on terrorism.

11th December 2015 - The Weekly Standard

More of the Same

Thomas Joscelyn

On December 6, Barack Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office for just the third time in his tenure. The president sought to reassure the American people that he has a strategy for defeating ISIL (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), just days after supporters of the...

11th December 2015 - The Weekly Standard

End of the West?

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Should the United States militarily defeat jihadist outfits in the Middle East? After 9/11 the answer seemed easy, but after the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Barack Obama is not alone in arguing that large-scale offensive campaigns against radical Muslim movements aren't worth the cost....

10th December 2015 - Quoted by Ben Zimmer - The Wall Street Journal

Beltway Gab Gives Us a New ‘Surge’

Reuel Marc Gerecht

In his address to the nation last Sunday on the threats posed by terrorism, President Barack Obama said, “Since the attacks in Paris, we’ve surged intelligence-sharing with our European allies.”

10th December 2015 - Newsmax TV

The Hard Line

David Andrew Weinberg

FDD senior fellow David Weinberg on Def. Sec. Ash Carter and ISIS.

9th December 2015 - FOX Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah on the threat of ISIS and Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslim immigration to the U.S.

9th December 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Turkey Is ‘Setting Up Cards’ For A Dangerous New Game With Russia — And The Winner Could Be ISIS

Boris Zilberman, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey's decision to deploy a limited number of troops to a military base near the ISIS stronghold of Mosul, Iraq, last weekend was quickly condemned by leading Iraqi officials who called the incursion a violation of Iraqi sovereignty.

9th December 2015 - Quoted by Alessandria Masi - International Business Times

Turkey, Russia, Iraq And Syria

Jonathan Schanzer

Oil has long been the dark, viscous gold fueling the Islamic State group’s vicious insurgency. As the group known as ISIS has captured broad swaths of Iraq and Syria, it has financed the purchase of arms and recruits in large part by seizing fertile oil fields, harvesting revenues reaching...

9th December 2015 - Quoted by Howard LaFranchi - The Christian Science Monitor

Breaking The ISIS Economy, Bit By Bit

Jonathan Schanzer

The finance ministers set to meet at the United Nations can’t put the Islamic State in a financial vise. But they can deliver some critical blows to an organization already showing signs of financial strain.

8th December 2015 - Foreign Policy

Can the Pentagon Still Save the U.S. from Obama’s ISIS Failure?

John Hannah

It's about time. More than three weeks after the massacres in Paris, four days after the worst terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11, and only after he’d completed a foreign jaunt to rally the world to fight the scourge of, umm, climate change, U.S. President Barack Obama at last...

7th December 2015 - Hoover Institution

“Fighting” The Islamic State

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Can the United States stop the Syrian refugee crisis and destroy the Islamic State without sending tens of thousands of soldiers into Syria and Iraq? Hillary Clinton and the Republican presidential candidates—with the notable exception of Senator Lindsey Graham—have so far studiously...

7th December 2015 - OANN

The Tipping Point with Liz Wheeler

Clifford D. May

FDD President Cliff May discusses U.S. foreign policy, San Bernardino, and radicalization.

7th December 2015 - Quoted by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh - Vocativ

ISIS And Americans Agree On Something: War

David Andrew Weinberg

For the first time, a majority of Americans are gunning to send U.S. combat troops into Syria and Iraq to battle the Islamic State. The terror group wants exactly the same thing, according to the president and a number of foreign policy experts.

7th December 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Iran Declares Assad Must Stay Amid Mounting Evidence That He Is Working with ISIS

Tony Badran, Reuel Marc Gerecht

An advisor to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that the removal of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad was a “red line” that Iran would not cross, Reuters reported on Sunday.

4th December 2015 - The New America Foundation

Islamic State vs. Al-Qaeda

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda are currently involved in an intense competition.

4th December 2015 - Quoted by Steven Lee Myers and Somini Sengupta - The New York Times

U.S. Presses for U.N. Resolution to Fight ISIS’ Financing

David Andrew Weinberg

The United States and Russia are negotiating a new resolution at the United Nations Security Council intended to strengthen international efforts to cut off revenues that the Islamic State raises to govern territory and spread its ideology.

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