Analysis & Commentary


14th November 2012 - Tablet

Losing Petraeus, Losing Iran

The still-unraveling scandal that has forced the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus has already touched on vital matters of U.S. national security. For starters: Did the spymaster pass information...

6th November 2012 - Sky News - UK

News Update

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford May provides commentary during the 2012 presidential election results.

1st November 2012 - NOW Lebanon

Obama Runs From Iran

Tony Badran

The Iranian challenge to US interests and allies is the most pressing strategic issue for Washington in the Middle East. With the US election less than a week away, now is as good a time as any to look...

1st November 2012 - Quoted by Mike Giglio, The Daily Beast

Syria Conflict Contagious in the Region

John Hannah

In Turkey, in early October, a stray artillery shell flew across the Syrian border and killed four civilians in the quiet town of Akcakale. Turkey decided it had to fight back, launching missiles at Syrian forces...

25th October 2012 - The Weekly Standard

More Al Qaeda Connections in Benghazi

Thomas Joscelyn

The Benghazi story continues to evolve. CNN reports that multiple al Qaeda franchises, and others with al Qaeda links, are suspected of taking part in the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack...

25th October 2012 - Scripps Howard News Service

America’s Enemies Are Getting Away with Murder

Clifford D. May

Last week, Manssor Arbabsiar pleaded guilty to plotting what U.S. officials have termed “a significant attack in the United States.” Attorney General Eric Holder called...

22nd October 2012 - Fox 5 News - Washington

Fox 5 Morning News

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford May gives a breif preview of the presidential debate on foreign policy, including some of the key threats that that should be discussed.

22nd October 2012 - The Jerusalem Post

The Joint Iran and al-Qaida Operation Declares War

Benjamin Weinthal

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s comparison between al-Qaida and Iran during his September 27 address to the UN has garnered greater urgency since the US Treasury...

18th October 2012 - The Long War Journal

2 Zarqawi Cousins Detained in Jordan After Fighting in Syria

Bill Roggio

Two cousins of Abu Musab al Zarqawi, the slain leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, were arrested by Jordanian security forces as they returned from waging jihad in Syria.

18th October 2012 - CNN

The Situation Room

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford May debates CNN correspondent Peter Bergen on whether al Qaeda is defeated.

18th October 2012 - Scripps Howard News Service

Is Al-Qaeda Defeated?

Clifford D. May

At the Aspen Security Forum this past summer, Peter Bergen, CNN’s intrepid national-security analyst and a director at the New America Foundation, gave a talk titled...

12th October 2012 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda in Iraq Claims Credit for Tikrit Jailbreak

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State of Iraq, al Qaeda in Iraq's political front, claimed credit for a complex assault on the Tasfirat prison in Tikrit that freed more than 100 prisoners, including dozens of terrorists.

4th October 2012 - Tablet

America’s Future in the Mideast

When Barack Obama took office four years ago, the United States was fully engaged in two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; strongmen sympathetic to the United States ruled Egypt and...

16th September 2012 - Quoted by Chuck Neubauer, The Washington Times

Iran Relies on Neighbors to Beat Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

With its economy in free fall, Iran is turning to its porous borders with Iraq and other countries to skirt increasingly effective global economic sanctions, according to congressional staffers,...

14th September 2012 - Foreign Policy

Good Friends are Hard to Find: Why the US Should Support Mithal Alusi and Kurdistan

John Hannah

I know. Foreign policy has been largely an afterthought in the presidential campaign. Iraq, for all intents and purposes, is off the radar screen entirely -- except as a Democratic talking point...

12th September 2012 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Is Obama Responsible for His Own Foreign Policy Flubs?

Jonathan Schanzer

President Obama has gotten by for 3 1/2 years touting his efforts to diminish the U.S. footprint in the world. Out of Iraq, even with no status of forces agreement. Out of Afghanistan, even if...

11th September 2012 - Blog Talk Radio

RINO Hour of Power

Jonathan Schanzer

Is the threat of terrorism receding? Have we created more terrorists as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? The panel will examine the issue of terrorism as it has developed since 9/11...

10th September 2012 - The Weekly Standard

The Kurdish Factor

If Syria is a testing ground for the larger struggle of the American-led order in the Middle East against the Iranian-led resistance bloc, it’s also an example of the importance of the Kurds.

24th August 2012 - The Long War Journal

Suicide Bombings Become Commonplace in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

For years, Bashar al Assad's regime sponsored the flow of suicide bombers and foreign fighters into Iraq to fight Coalition forces. But suddenly, on Dec. 23, 2011, the regime's own intelligence apparatus...

22nd August 2012 - Faster, Please!

It’s Not About Israel, Stupid — It’s About Us

Michael Ledeen

When is the last time any of the four candidates visited Walter Reed Medical Center in suburban Washington? If they did it in recent months, I haven’t seen any press coverage of it.

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