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13th January 2013 - NPR

All Things Considered

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

President Obama met last week with Afghan President Hamid Karzai about plans to remove all U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan by 2014. Counterterrorism expert Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses...

11th January 2013 - Quoted by Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

Four Months After Benghazi Attack, Where Are the Killers?

Thomas Joscelyn

Ever since an armed mob torched a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, President Obama has vowed to bring the killers of Ambassador Chris Stevens...

10th January 2013 - Quoted by Greg Miller, The Washington Post

US Drone Strikes in Pakistan on Rise for 2013

Bill Roggio

The CIA has opened the year with a flurry of drone strikes in Pakistan, pounding Taliban targets along the country’s tribal belt at a time when the Obama administration is preparing to disclose its plans for...

10th January 2013 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Tony Badran

The Obama administration's strategy in Syria.

10th January 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Obama’s Flexible Red Lines

Tony Badran

In response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s latest address, US officials and spokespersons have dismissively described the embattled dictator as someone “detached from reality” and “delusional,”...

10th January 2013 - The Weekly Standard

Assad’s Cabinet

In December, the Obama administration acted on intelligence showing that Bashar al-Assad was preparing to use chemical weapons against his own people. Obama publicly warned the Syrian president...

7th January 2013 - Quoted by Aamer Madhani, USA Today

Obama Sticks to Circle of Friends for National Security Posts

Mark Dubowitz

In his first term, President Obama purposefully set out to build an administration that, while not quite Abraham Lincoln's Team of Rivals, insured that his most prominent advisers included some that were...

7th January 2013 - The Truman Project

The Political Prospects of an Open Fuel Standard in Obama’s Second Term

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

At the beginning of President Obama’s first term, there was reason to believe that an Open Fuel Standard (OFS) could pass within four years. It did not, and now the OFS faces a different political climate...

7th January 2013 - Al Jazeera English

Inside Story

Clifford D. May

Is Chuck Hagel the man for the job? FDD's Clifford May weighs in.

7th January 2013 - Cited by Affan Chowdhry, The Globe and Mail

Obama Names Veteran Adviser to CIA

President Barack Obama picked trusted White House adviser John Brennan to be the next CIA director – rounding out his national security team with the architect of an expanded drone program that...

7th January 2013 - Fox News

Happening Now

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Mark Dubowitz discusses President Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary and John Brennan for CIA Director.

7th January 2013 - PBS


Reuel Marc Gerecht

FDD's Reuel Marc Gerecht discusses the nominations of Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary and John Brennan for Director of Central Intelligence.

5th January 2013 - The Weekly Standard

Iran’s Supreme Investor

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Last month, the Obama administration added seven new Iranian companies, because of proliferation concerns, to the ever-growing list of sanctioned Iranian entities. Yet, as important as this latest move is...

4th January 2013 - Quoted by Matthew Weaver, The Guardian

Obama Administration’s ‘Failings’ on Syria

Tony Badran

It is hard to dispute claims that Syria will be seen as one of the biggest foreign policy failures of the Obama administration, according to analyst Tony Badran. Speaking to the Guardian, Badran...

3rd January 2013 - Tablet

Russia, Wannabe Superpower

Maybe Mitt Romney was right. The failed Republican presidential candidate got ripped during the campaign when he called [1] Russia our “No. 1 geopolitical foe,” but he seems to have had a clearer...

2nd January 2013 - Foreign Policy

Does the GOP Need a New Foreign Policy?

John Hannah

Danielle Pletka's thought-provoking piece on the future of foreign policy in the Republican Party deserves more systematic and fulsome treatment than time and space currently allow. Some random...

1st January 2013 - New York Daily News

Chuck Hagel’s History of Homophobia

In June 1999, President Bill Clinton named Jim Hormel Ambassador to Luxembourg. Ambassadorships to cushy places like Luxembourg — a landlocked country of 1,000 square miles with half a million inhabitants...

28th December 2012 - Quoted by Arshad Mohammed and Justyna Pawlak and Warren Strobel, Reuters

Inside the West’s Economic War with Iran

Mark Dubowitz

In his first week as U.S. president, Barack Obama told Iran's leaders he would extend a hand if they would "unclench their fist" and persuade the West they weren't trying to build a nuclear bomb.

27th December 2012 - National Review Online

Obama Needs to Push EU to Ban Hezbollah

Benjamin Weinthal

Senator Joseph Lieberman (I., Conn.) sponsored a resolution earlier this month urging “the President to make available to European allies and the European public information about Hizballah’s terrorist activities.”

27th December 2012 - Scripps Howard News Service

Assad Is So Out of Vogue

Clifford D. May

It seems like only yesterday that Bashar al-Assad was being courted by progressive Western politicians even as he conspired with Iranian jihadists and Kremlin strongmen. And it was less than two years...


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