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29th May 2013 - Fox News

Defcon 3

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD's Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses terrorism in Europe following the slaying of a British solider in the streets of London and President Obama's speech on counter-terrorism.

29th May 2013 - Bloomberg

Blame for Benghazi Goes Deeper Than a Conspiracy

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Many conservatives suspect that the U.S. State Department, with the White House in a supporting role, deceived the public about the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.

27th May 2013 - Quoted by Politifact

Barack Obama Says Since He Took Office “There Have Been No Large-Scale Attacks on the United States”

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

President Barack Obama talked about terrorism and drones in a major speech on May 23, 2013. At one point, Obama said "there have been no large-scale attacks on the United States...

24th May 2013 - The Weekly Standard

Selectively Citing Osama Bin Laden

Thomas Joscelyn

It is true that the drone strikes have been effective in killing terrorists. So the president is right in that regard and deserves credit for the slaying of some senior al Qaeda and al Qaeda-affiliated operatives.

24th May 2013 - The Long War Journal

Obama Pulls Back in Fight Against al Qaeda

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

President Obama's speech yesterday which outlined his vision of the future of the fight against al Qaeda and allied groups was a long time coming.

23rd May 2013 - America's Radio News Network


Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Obama's major national security speech.

23rd May 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

Black Swans, Icebergs and Benghazi

Clifford D. May

‘Humans are great at self-delusion,” the polymathic philosopher Nassim Nicholas Taleb has observed. I’m confident he’d agree that the humans who populate the foreign-policy...

22nd May 2013 - Quoted by Scott Shane, The New York Times

Debate Aside, Number of Drone Strikes Drops Sharply

Bill Roggio

President Obama embraced drone strikes in his first term, and the targeted killing of suspected terrorists has come to define his presidency. But lost in the contentious debate over the legality...

21st May 2013 - Faster, Please! - PJ Media

Catastrophic Consensus: A Dissent From Spengler and Mead

Michael Ledeen

Spengler (aka David Goldman) is one of my close friends and a long-time guru. William Russell Mead is just a guru, but I’m an avid fan. So when I find myself disagreeing...

20th May 2013 - The Wall Street Journal

How North Korea Could Cripple the U.S.

James Woolsey

Over the past three days, North Korea has launched six short-range guided missiles or projectiles in tests that landed in the Sea of Japan. The launches were of a piece with Pyongyang's...

19th May 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Collision Course

Tony Badran

President Obama is on a collision course with his allies on Syria. As Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, France, and Britain call for more aggressive steps to topple Bashar al-Assad...

17th May 2013 - The Atlantic

How Iran Benefits From an Illicit Gold Trade With Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has arrived in Washington, D.C. for a much-anticipated summit with President Barack Obama. The timing of the visit -- amid reports of chemical weapons...

16th May 2013 - Cited by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Bloomberg

Senators Urge Obama to Press Iran by Increased Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

Members of Congress from both parties urged Obama administration officials to impose greater economic pressure to curtail Iran’s nuclear ambitions and punish its human-rights violations.

15th May 2013 - The Weekly Standard

CIA Warned of ‘Jihadist’ Threat to Cairo Embassy

Thomas Joscelyn

The Obama administration’s editing of the Benghazi talking points not only obscured what really happened in Libya on September 11, 2012, it also confused the events of earlier...

14th May 2013 - NPR

The Diane Rehm Show

Clifford D. May

On Sept. 11, 2012, the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked. Four Americans died, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. In the days and months...

13th May 2013 - Quoted by Lee Smith, The Weekly Standard

Disappearing Red Lines

Tony Badran

In his April 30 White House press conference, President Obama explained that there’s evidence chemical weapons have been used in Syria, but “we don’t know how they were used...

9th May 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Israel’s Strategic Clarity in Syria

Tony Badran

It was perhaps fitting that the multiple Israeli strikes in Damascus last week followed Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah’s address from Tehran. Nasrallah had warned last Tuesday...

9th May 2013 - US News & World Report

Obama Administration Muddies the Waters Around Benghazi Details

Thomas Joscelyn

Who killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans on September 11, 2012? Nearly eight months later, the U.S. government has not officially named the specific terrorists responsible...

9th May 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

The Unbearable Lightness of Syria Policy

Clifford D. May

“Arming the rebels — that’s an option. You look at and rethink all options. It doesn’t mean you do or you will. . . . It doesn’t mean that the president has decided on anything.”

8th May 2013 - The Weekly Standard

Disconnecting the Dots in Benghazi

Thomas Joscelyn

Nearly eight months after terrorists killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, the Obama administration still has not explained who, exactly, was responsible.


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