Analysis & Commentary

8th February 2013 - The Wall Street Journal

Opinion Journal

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer on why President Obama rejected advice by his Defense and State Department to help arm the rebels in Syria.

7th February 2013 - Cited by Kimberly Dozier, Associated Press

Brennan’s CIA Bid Chance to Strike Back at Critics

Bill Roggio

In answers to questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee before the hearing, Brennan said he was "aware of the program but did not play a role in its creation, execution, or oversight," and added...

7th February 2013 - The Jewish Chronicle

John Kerry is Obama’s Middle East Canary

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In one of his first acts as the new US Secretary of State, John Kerry spoke to both Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Israel’s President, Shimon Peres, to stress his desire to jump-start peace talks.

7th February 2013 - Faster, Please!

Iran: The War Within and Without

Michael Ledeen

A week ago, something went seriously wrong in the underground tunnels beneath the Iranian nuclear enrichment facility at Natanz. I don’t know if it was an explosion, on-site sabotage, an accident, or a cyber attack...

6th February 2013 - Comedy Central

The Daily Show

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford May comments were included in a Daily Show segment on Obama Administration memos outlining legal justification for drone killings.

5th February 2013 - CNN

The Situation Room

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford May and Congressman Keith Ellison discuss a leaked memo by the Obama administration outlining legal justification for the killing of American citizens engaged in terrorist activity.

4th February 2013 - The Weekly Standard

The Obama Vacuum

One thing Hillary Clinton got right in her testimony before Congress last week: “When America is absent,” she said, “there are consequences.” But the administration she served has chosen to be absent...

31st January 2013 - Quoted by Conrad Black, National Review

The Obama-Clinton Credibility Gap

Jonathan Schanzer

He has spent four years lamenting mistakes of preceding presidents, but in fiscal matters he has given no hint of what he proposes to do about them. This is in vivid contrast to his foreign-policy performance.

30th January 2013 - Tablet

Eisenhower’s New Fans

When Barack Obama first came to office, the model bandied about by journalists and academics was Abraham Lincoln. The 44th president of the United States, our first African-American commander-in-chief...

28th January 2013 - The Weekly Standard

Debacle in Ben­ghazi

Thomas Joscelyn

On September 21, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to reporters before a meeting with the Pakistani foreign minister. She addressed the September 11 assault on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

28th January 2013 - Ynet News

Dangerous Mix of Anti-Semitism, Anti-Americanism

Benjamin Weinthal

Even in the supposedly redemptive days of Barack Obama, Americans and Israelis traveling abroad have grown sadly accustomed to outbursts of anti-Americanism, anti-Semitism and worse.

28th January 2013 - The Weekly Standard

The Nonexistent Red Line

Last week, we learned of a secret State Department assessment that forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad had recently used chemical weapons. The State Department cable, signed by the U.S. consul...

27th January 2013 - The Daily Caller

Leaders with Ginni Thomas

Michael Ledeen

TheDC’s Ginni Thomas recently spoke with FDD's Michael Ledeen about America’s reputation in the world, the Benghazi terrorist attack, the threat of a nuclear Iran, whether there is a war on Christians and Jews...

25th January 2013 - Cited by Dashiell Bennett, The Atlantic

White House Now Connecting Al Qaeda to Algeria Attack via ‘Mr. Marlboro’

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Obama administration says it believes that the militants responsible for the recent terror attack at a BP gas facility in Algeria were working with "elements of Al Qaeda," as they attempt to solidify the...

25th January 2013 - Faster, Please!

The Obama Doctrine: Is he an Imperialist With a Little Foot, or Just an Old-Fashioned Appeaser?

Michael Ledeen

Here comes Ross Douthat, trying to sort out Obama’s foreign policy. He’s got the right idea: watch the actions, add them up, toss with just enough realism-speak, and voila! An Obama Doctrine.

24th January 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Whose Side is America On?

Tony Badran

In President Barack Obama’s inaugural address marking the start of his second term in office, he dedicated little space to foreign policy. While the president made no specific mention of Iran, he did...

21st January 2013 - The Weekly Standard

Interrogate Brennan

Thomas Joscelyn

President Obama’s nominee for CIA director, John Brennan, has been one of the president’s closest advisers over the last four years. So it should come as no surprise that Obama wants him to run Langley.

17th January 2013 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

The upcoming Israeli elections and Obama's new national security team.

17th January 2013 - The Wall Street Journal

Opinion Journal

Michael Ledeen

FDD's Michael Ledeen on the Algerian oil-field hostage situation and the parallels to the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.

16th January 2013 - Faster, Please!

The War Rages, The White House Ducks, Death Abounds

Michael Ledeen

You know all this, of course, because you’ve been reading these blogs all along. But as my mother used to tell me with her charming smile and melodious voice, repetition is the basis of all learning.


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