Analysis & Commentary


31st July 2013 - The Long War Journal

Taliban Step Up Operations in the North, ISAF Buries Head in Sand

Bill Roggio

Last September, President Barack Obama claimed that the US-led military effort had "broken the Taliban's momentum in Afghanistan, and begun...

30th July 2013 - Quoted by Howard LaFranchi, The Christian Science Monitor

As Iran Installs New Leader, House Could Pass More Sanctions. Right Signal?

Mark Dubowitz

When Iran elected a moderate cleric to succeed the fiery Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the country’s president last month, President Obama sought to encourage...

29th July 2013 - Quoted by Michael Hirsh, National Journal

New Region, Old Ritual: Back to Peace Talks

Reuel Marc Gerecht

And so the Obama administration induced Israelis and Palestinians to reenter peace talks Monday, after three years of suspension that followed many more...

25th July 2013 - The Wall Street Journal

Opinion Journal

FDD's Claudia Rosett on what awaits Samantha Power at the United Nations.

25th July 2013 - NPR

Morning Edition

Mark Dubowitz

The election of Hassan Rouhani has presented the Obama administration with a policy challenge. FDD's Mark Dubowitz discusses.

23rd July 2013 - New Atlanticist

Defining Coups, and Political Dysfunction

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In a recent congressional hearing, Representative Brad Sherman’s observation got it entirely right: more than two weeks after Mohammed Morsi’s ouster from power...

23rd July 2013 - Quoted by The Associated Press

Congress Threatens New Iran Sanctions as Obama Gauges Flexibility of Incoming Leader Rouhani

Mark Dubowitz

Congress is considering a new series of hard-hitting Iran sanctions on everything from mining and construction to the Islamic republic’s already...

19th July 2013 - Quoted by Michael Warren, The Weekly Standard

131 House Members Sign Dovish Letter on Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

131 members of the House, including 114 Democrats--a majority of the conference in the House--and 17 Republicans, have signed a letter to Barack Obama...

18th July 2013 - NOW

The Battle for Aleppo Never Began

Tony Badran

With the Obama administration’s Syria policy still a mystery, and as the world became preoccupied with Egypt, Syria quietly fell from the headlines following...

12th July 2013 - Forbes

Have Tehran’s Tankers Hijacked the Tanzanian Flag?

When President Obama visited Tanzania last week, he praised the East African country as a place with which he feels a “special connection.”

12th July 2013 - Quoted by Dustin Walker, Real Clear Defense

Zero Option Talk Makes McKeon Fear Iraq Repeat

Bill Roggio

On Monday, the New York Times reported that the Obama administration was “giving serious consideration to speeding up the withdrawal of United States...

10th July 2013 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Who’s in Charge in Egypt? In the Obama Administration?

Jonathan Schanzer, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Disarray is the order of the day — both in Egypt and in the Obama administration. The Post reports: Interim President Adly Mansour appointed a new prime minister...

3rd July 2013 - PJ Media

Obama’s New World Order: Power to Our Enemies, Death to Our Friends & a Fish in the President’s Face

Michael Ledeen

The anti-Morsi, anti-Muslim Brotherhood, and therefore anti-Obama demonstrations in Egypt are the biggest in human history. It’s quite something, an historic event.

2nd July 2013 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Obama to Egypt's Morsi: 'Democracy is about more than elections.'

20th June 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

Obama in Africa

President Barack Obama will travel to Africa -- Senegal, Tanzania and South Africa -- for one week beginning June 22. Mr. Obama will arrive at a crucial moment for African security.

20th June 2013 - NOW

Tactical Shift?

Tony Badran

In his first public remarks since deciding to strengthen the Syrian opposition, President Barack Obama dismissed the prevailing notion that this move constitutes a policy shift.

18th June 2013 - Interviewed by la Razon - Spain

Al Régimen de Asad No le Quedan Cartas

Emanuele Ottolenghi

La tardía decisión de Obama de apoyar a los rebeldes responde a la idea de que el régimen de Asad puede ganar la guerra. Dudo que en la reunión del G-8 se proponga...

18th June 2013 - Foreign Policy

Is Obama a Berliner?

Benjamin Weinthal

Obama: Ist er ein Berliner? The German weekly Die Zeit posed this question a few days ahead of the U.S. president's visit to the city on Tuesday, June 18. The article...

14th June 2013 - Syndicated

The Frank Gaffney Show

John Hannah

FDD's John Hannah reflects on yesterday’s announcement by the Obama administration that it considers the Syrian government to have crossed a “red line” through its use...

13th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

US to Arm Syrian Rebels After Chemical Weapons ‘Red Line’ is Crossed

Bill Roggio

After determining that President Bashir al Assad's regime crossed the "red line" by using chemical weapons, the Obama administration has decided to increase aid to Syrian...

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