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10th June 2013 - The Weekly Standard

See No Evil

Thomas Joscelyn

During his speech at the National Defense University on May 23, President Obama sought to reassure Americans that they are “safer” because of the administration’s “efforts” to fight terrorism. The controversy...

5th June 2013 - Quoted by Michael Wilner, The Jerusalem Post

House Committee Examines Obama Policy on Syria

Tony Badran

The US House Committee on Foreign Affairs addressed President Barack Obama’s performance in Syria on Wednesday, criticizing perceived backpedaling...

5th June 2013 - House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa

TESTIMONY: Washington’s Syria Policy

Tony Badran

As the Syrian uprising enters its third year, the terrible cost of the Assad’s regime war against the people of Syria is by now well known. Over 80,000 Syrians are dead, more than 1.5 million...

3rd June 2013 - Quoted by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press

Obama Orders New Sanctions on Iran’s Currency, Auto Sector, Upping Pressure Over Nuke Program

Mark Dubowitz

Turning the screw on Iran and its nuclear program, the Obama administration imposed new sanctions Monday on Iran's currency and auto industry, seeking to render Iranian...

3rd June 2013 - Quoted by Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times

Obama Announces New Sanctions on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

President Obama announced new economic sanctions on Iran on Monday in a bid to raise pressure on conservative hard-liners who have vowed not to compromise with the West...

3rd June 2013 - Quoted by Rick Gladstone, The New York Times

US Adds to Its List of Sanctions Against Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration escalated sanctions pressure against Iran on Monday for the third time in a week, taking actions that could further weaken the country’s already-devalued...

30th May 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

Why They Fight

Clifford D. May

In his 6,000-word speech at the National Defense University last week, President Obama devoted only one paragraph to the ideology of those who proclaim themselves America’s enemies.

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.

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.


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