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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...

22nd December 2012 - Cited by Josh Gerstein, Politico

John Kerry’s Challenges Ahead

Jonathan Schanzer

“Kerry’s not going to surprise Obama the way Madeleine Albright surprised Bill Clinton over Kosovo,” said Kori Schake, a Hoover Institution fellow who served as foreign policy adviser to Sen. John McCain’s...

21st December 2012 - Quoted by Luke Mogelson, The New Republic

The Last Men

Thomas Joscelyn

Eleven years later, almost to the week, Griffis’s time in Afghanistan, along with that of the last of the additional forces sent there by President Obama in early 2010, came to an end. Charlie Troop pulled out...

16th December 2012 - Cited by Sharona Schwartz, The Blaze

‘Generous’: Remember John Kerry’s Praise of Syrian Dictator Assad?

Jonathan Schanzer

With multiple reports circulating that President Barack Obama will nominate Sen. John Kerry to be his next secretary of state, it’s worth remembering the praise the Democratic senator has in the past...

14th December 2012 - NOW Lebanon

Assad’s Chemical Card

Tony Badran

Last week, president Obama issued another warning to Syria’s embattled dictator against making the “tragic mistake” of using chemical weapons (CW). There remain a number of real scenarios in which...

13th December 2012 - Foreign Policy

Obama’s Syria Disaster

John Hannah

Watching the nightmare in Syria unfold, you have to ask yourself: Could the Obama administration have made a worse hash out of the situation if it had tried?

12th December 2012 - Tablet

No U.S. Strategy in Syria

More than 45,000 deaths and 22 months since the beginning of the Syrian uprising, the White House has finally run aground on the incoherence of its Syria policy. Having refused to provide the opposition...

11th December 2012 - Quoted by Ashish Kumar Sen, The Washington Times

Obama Gives Syrian Rebels Recognition

President Obama said on Tuesday that the United States will formally recognize a coalition of Syrian opposition groups as that country’s legitimate representative, intensifying pressure on President Bashar...

9th December 2012 - Quoted by Taimur Khan, The National - UAE

Is the US ‘War on Terror’ Still Tenable?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

With America's "war on terror" now focused far beyond its original targets in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the legal justifications for it have become increasingly irrelevant and untenable, even to those waging it.


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