Jamie M. Fly Articles

Obama's Foreign Policy and National Security Record

3:16 PM, Sep 06, 2012

Tonight in Charlotte, at the Democratic convention, the Obama administration is expected to trumpet its foreign policy and national security record. It’s therefore worth taking a look at what President Obama has actually done.

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America’s Syria Policy Emboldens Assad—and Iran

11:03 AM, May 01, 2012

Bashar al-Assad’s security forces have brazenly slaughtered more than 10,000 Syrian civilians, and injured or detained tens of thousands more, since the anti-regime protests began in March 2011.

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Beware ‘Flexibility’

Apr 09, 2012

President Obama didn’t intend the world to hear him tell outgoing Russian president Dmitri Medvedev that he’d have “more flexibility” to accommodate the Kremlin’s concerns about missile defense and other issues after the election in November. But as his now infamous meeting with Medvedev in Seoul drew to a close on March 26, a hot microphone caught the president saying just that, adding: “On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this can be solved, but it’s important for him”—by which he meant incoming Russian president Vladimir Putin—“to give me space.”

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The Party of National Security

9:00 PM, Mar 27, 2012

President Obama’s budget cuts defense by $487 billion over the next ten years.

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Xi Whiz!

Feb 27, 2012

Obama administration officials touted the visit to the United States last week by Communist first secretary Xi Jinping as “relationship building.” Xi is widely expected to succeed Hu Jintao as general secretary next fall and to run China for the next ten years. So he arrived to an agenda that included an Oval Office meeting, an elaborate Valentine’s Day lunch at the State Department, no pesky press conferences, and a 19-gun salute at the Pentagon, an unusual reception for a civilian foreign leader who is not defense minister.

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Taking Iran Seriously

Jan 16, 2012

A funny thing happened last week in Iowa. Foreign policy—mostly the question of how to deal with the threat posed by a nuclear Iran—emerged front and center in the Republican presidential race.

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Seeking Instability

9:55 AM, Dec 23, 2011

In response to press reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il died, the White House issued a statement on December 18th that said, “we remain committed to stability on the Korean peninsula, and to the freedom and security of our allies.” So, with the North Korean regime at perhaps its weakest point in decades, the Obama administration’s inclination is to maintain the status quo—or, in their words, “stability.”

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Losing Afghanistan?

Dec 12, 2011

Marines are known for their bluntness, so it was not surprising to see the matter-of-fact honesty of General James Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, on display when interviewed by the Associated Press during a recent trip to visit Marines in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province. Asked about the impending drawdown of thousands of Marines from Helmand, Amos said: “Am I okay with that? The answer is ‘yes.’ We can’t stay in Afghanistan forever. Will it work? I don’t know.”

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NATO in Libya

A one-of-a-kind intervention.
Oct 10, 2011

The scene was one of jubilation, as British prime minister David Cameron and French president Nicolas Sarkozy arrived in Libya’s capital on September 15 to cheering throngs waving British and French flags. The two men basked in the glow of victory, as well they should.

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Obama Tries to Have it Both Ways on Defense

8:22 AM, Jul 18, 2011

One of the least covered aspects of the debt limit negotiations has been defense spending. Obama administration officials and congressional Democrats have indicated that the White House would like to include significant defense cuts as part of an eventual deal, even beyond the $400 billion in cuts to security spending over the next twelve years that the president announced in April.

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Panetta’s Duty

Jun 20, 2011

At his confirmation hearing on June 9, Secretary of Defense nominee Leon Panetta faced questions from Democrats and Republicans alike about President Obama’s intention, hastily announced in April, to cut $400 billion from national security spending over the next 12 years. Unfortunately, Panetta seemed to have little concrete information about the president’s plans.

What Panetta was willing to say, however, was that such defense cuts should not be undertaken

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Syria’s Nuclear Impunity

Bashar al-Assad’s lengthening rap sheet.
Jun 06, 2011

Contrary to what the Obama administration might hope, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is no reformer. Even with the Syrian government’s murderous crackdown against its unarmed opposition, the White House is not getting the message. Yet Assad’s true colors should have been plainly obvious at least as far back as September 2007, when an Israeli airstrike destroyed the secret Al Kibar nuclear facility near the Syrian town of Deir al Zour. Built with North Korean assistance, Al Kibar was a plutonium-producing reactor that, once completed, could have been used to generate fissile material for nuclear weapons.

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About the Navy SEALs

5:30 PM, May 03, 2011

Several weeks ago, I had the honor of visiting a Navy SEAL training facility in Virginia and spending a day with a SEAL team commanded by a former colleague from my time in government.

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Defense Is Different

1:28 PM, Apr 11, 2011

Last week, the Republican Study Committee (RSC) unveiled its own budget proposal, which cuts over $3 trillion more than Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan over the next ten years.

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Paul Ryan on Defense Spending

8:15 AM, Apr 06, 2011

One of the reactions to Paul Ryan’s budget from the left and the press has been the canard that it doesn’t address the real elephant in the room – a supposedly bloated Pentagon. Senate Democratic whip Dick Durbin said today that “When he doesn’t address savings in the Department of Defense and doesn’t deal with revenue, it results in dramatic cuts in Medicare benefits and Medicaid services.”

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Rule Britannia!

10:07 PM, Feb 28, 2011

Americans looking for strong, assertive leadership have had to look abroad for an adequate response to Muammar Qaddafi’s brutal crackdown in Libya. That’s because the Obama administration’s response to the conflict has been weak and confused.

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Obama's Response to Mubarak Crucial

He must side wholeheartedly and unabashedly with the protesters.
6:14 PM, Feb 10, 2011

Herzliya, Israel

Tonight, Hosni Mubarak revealed how out of touch he is with the situation in Egypt.

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