Analysis & Commentary


8th November 2006 - FDD Blog

Post-Election Thoughts

Clifford D. May

What happened on Election Day?

6th November 2006 - National Review Online

Symposium: Saddam Hussein’s Verdict

Clifford D. May

Upon being sentenced to death, Saddam Hussein played to both his key constituencies. Militant Islamists heard him shout: “Allahu Akbar!" (“God is Greatest.”). For the benefit of his Baathist followers, he added: “Long live the glorious nation!”

24th October 2006 - National Review Online

Is Iraq a Worthy Cause?

Even conservatives are now starting to become almost irretrievably saturnine in their pessimism on Iraq. On National Review Online last week, Jonah Goldberg wrote that “the Iraq war was a mistake by the most obvious criteria: If we had known then what we know now, we would never have gone...

23rd October 2006 - National Review Online

American “Stupidity” and “Arrogance” in Iraq

Isn't this just wonderful? The State Department's top spokesman on the Middle East, Alberto Fernandez, has pronounced that American “arrogance” and “stupidity” is to blame for the downward spiral in Iraq.

19th October 2006 - Scripps Howard News Service

A Different Kind of War

Clifford D. May

Generals prefer to fight the last war for a good reason: The last war can be studied and understood. In the current conflict, by contrast, we seem to be wrestling a ghost in a fog.

19th October 2006 - Translation of Scripps Howard News Service

Una clase distinta de guerra

Clifford D. May

Los generales prefieren luchan la guerra anterior por una buena razón: La guerra anterior puede ser estudiada y entendida. Por el contrario, en el conflicto del momento parece que nos movemos luchando contra un fantasma en medio de una neblina.

10th October 2006 - National Review Online

Too Much Make-Believe

In the early years of the Bolshevik Revolution, Russia was effectively cut off from all sources of raw film stock. Luckily for the Soviets, cheap copies of the silent films imported during the waning years of the tsar, chiefly from Germany, were still lying around, providing countless...

30th September 2006 - The American Spectator

Myths of War: The Ten Most Widely Believed Distortions About the Global Conflict Now Underway

Clifford D. May

Ronald Reagan once said: “It’s not that liberals are ignorant, it’s just that they know so much that isn’t true.” Today, it is not liberals alone whose minds have been muddled about the war being waged against free peoples by a network of despotic states and terrorist movements....

26th September 2006 - National Review Online

Yes, Our Iraq Policy Has Helped al Qaeda Recruit…

Another day, another New York Times publication of classified information.

26th September 2006 - SFGate.com

No Iraq War = Easier War on Terror?

No Iraq war = easier war on terror? The latest National Intelligence Estimate says the Iraq war is making the war on terror tougher. Democrats pounced on the report and said the U.S. must "change course" in Iraq.

13th September 2006 - National Review Online

Enact the President’s Code for Military Commissions

In the raging 2006 controversy over military commissions lies the pressing 2008 question: Can the nation afford a President John McCain?

13th September 2006 - The National Interest

Books: Some Unconventional Wisdom

Ian Bremmer, The J Curve: A New Way to Understand Why Nations Rise and Fall (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006), 320 pp., $26.00. Charles Peña, Winning the Un-War: A New Strategy for the War on Terrorism (Washington, DC: Potomac Books, 2006), 272 pp., $27.95.

11th September 2006 - Family Security Matters

Terrorism Happens Because It Works - and We Let It

Since the 1970s, Islamist terrorists have been attacking Western interests. It took almost thirty years before many realized it. FSM Contributing Editor Peter Pham examines major attacks since 1973, and argues that they continue in part because Western policy doesn't have the strength to...

7th September 2006 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

5 Years Later, More Needs to be Done

Claudia Rosett

Most of us can remember exactly where we were nearly five years ago, on the morning of Sept. 11. I was in small-town America, where the guys in the local doughnut shop - watching the endless TV replay of the burning Twin Towers - were ready to get their shotguns and go to war.

7th September 2006

Walid Phares’ Testimony Before House Subcommittee

On Thursday, September 7, 2006, FDD's Walid Phares testified before the House Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation. The topic was 9/11: Five Years Later - Gauging Islamist Terrorism.

6th September 2006 - National Review Online

Saying What Needs To Be Said

That's the guy I voted for. President Bush's speech yesterday was simply stellar. Would that he gave it every day.

30th August 2006 - Scripps Howard News Service

Iraqi Lessons

Clifford D. May

We are where we are in Iraq, and it's not a comfortable place. We are where we are in Iraq because mistakes were made both in planning and executing the war there. If we could do it all over again, what would we do differently?

29th August 2006 - TCS Daily

Europe’s Munich Moment

In March 2003, on the eve of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the current French Prime minister, Dominique de Villepin -- then his country's foreign minister -- condemned the Coalition of the Willing in these words to the Security Council: "The United Nations [and nowhere else] is the place where...

11th August 2006 - National Review Online

Connecticut? This is London Calling

We are reading only about 24 arrests today. If we were already in the heralded antiwar world of Ned Lamont and the war-against-the-war crowd, it could be much different. We could just as easily be reading about ten jumbo jets exploded out of the sky. Or 3,000 murdered innocents — mostly...

11th August 2006 - The Washington Post

The Only Option Is to Win

Yesterday on this page, in a serious and thoughtful survey of a world in crisis, Richard Holbrooke listed 13 countries that could be involved in violence in the near future: Lebanon, Israel, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Uzbekistan, Somalia....

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