Analysis & Commentary

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.

6th May 2013 - Commentary

Has Assad Already Lost Control of Syria’s Chemical Weapons?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

While the debate continues on the administration’s apparent slip of tongue that is causing some much confusion about President Obama’s Syria policy or rather, lack thereof...

3rd May 2013 - Daily Beast

Obama, Not Congress, Is the Reason Guantánamo Is Still Open

Thomas Joscelyn

During a news conference earlier this week, President Obama was asked about the mass hunger strike at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility.

2nd May 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

Guantanamo’s Hunger Artists

Clifford D. May

The detention camp at Guantanamo Bay was established in 2002 to hold the most dangerous of those captured in what the Bush administration called the Global War on Terrorism.

30th April 2013 - BBC Radio 5

Up All Night

Clifford D. May

President Obama’s declaration that he wants to close the camp at Guantanamo Bay and the current hunger strike as well.

29th April 2013 - Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer discusses the potential use of chemical weapons in Syria and the need for US action.

25th April 2013 - NPR

To The Point

Clifford D. May

Does the US Still Need the Prison at Guantanamo Bay? Barack Obama's first presidential order was to close Guantánamo Bay. Even George W. Bush agreed. But as he began his second term...

25th April 2013 - National Review Online

The Syrian Conundrum

Clifford D. May

President Obama warned the Assad regime not to use chemical weapons against the rebels. To do so, he said, would be to cross a “red line.” So now that it’s been crossed the consequences are . . . unclear.

25th April 2013 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Emanuele Ottolenghi

President Obama's red lines in Iran and Syria.

24th April 2013 - Quoted by Politifact

Rep. Tom Cotton Says More Terrorists have ‘Reached Their Targets’ Under Barack Obama Than Under Bush

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

During a House floor speech just days after the Boston Marathon bombing, Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., sought to compare President Barack Obama’s record on terrorism unfavorably...

23rd April 2013 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Iran Unleashed, Unbowed

Jonathan Schanzer

One of the Obama administration talking points is that it has weakened and isolated the Iranian regime. Aside from the economic beating Iran has taken, there really isn’t any evidence...

23rd April 2013 - GBTV

Real News

Jonathan Schanzer

Israel says that both Syria and Iran have crossed administration "red lines." But what good is establishing those lines if there are no consequences for crossing them? FDD's Jonathan Schanzer discusses.

23rd April 2013 - C-SPAN

Washington Journal

Clifford D. May

FDD's Cliff May debates Hina Shamsi about the legal definition of an “enemy combatant” and the significance, history, and use of the term. They debated the implications of the Obama administration’s...

19th April 2013 - Quoted by Peter Foster, Telegraph

Boston Bombs: Barack Obama Lulled America Into False Confidence Over Terror Threat

Thomas Joscelyn

In his State of the Union address to the American people earlier this year, Barack Obama declared that he was "confident" of achieving "our objective of defeating the core of al-Qaeda".

17th April 2013 - Quoted by Martin Banks, The Parliament

Obama Administration ‘May Be Forced’ to Launch Military Strike Against Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Speaking in Brussels on Tuesday, Mark Dubowitz warned that Iran was in the process of installing "thousands of new, more efficient centrifuges". He said, "By June 2014, they'll have so many...

16th April 2013 - The Wall Street Journal

A Third Way to Address the Iranian Threat

Michael Ledeen

With an Iranian presidential election coming in June, President Obama may be presented with a second chance to get his policy right. In 2009, when massive protests followed Iran's disputed presidential vote...

15th April 2013 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Wheels Off the Bus in Obama Middle East Policy: Fayyad Quits

Jonathan Schanzer

Salam Fayyad has resigned as prime minister of the Palestinian Authority. Losing practically the only Palestinian leader committed to building civil society and limiting corruption is a blow...

7th April 2013 - Cited by Scott Shane, The New York Times

Targeted Killing Comes to Define War on Terror

Bill Roggio

In Pakistan, where the SEAL raid that killed Bin Laden sent Pakistani-American relations into a tailspin, drone strikes — though deeply unpopular — are tolerated by the security establishment.


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