"It should require two-thirds vote of the Senate to go in force."10:04 AM, Sep 2, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former vice president Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz Cheney appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe Wednesday morning to promote their new book, Exceptional. The Cheneys spoke about national security, foreign policy issues like the Iran deal, and 2016 politics.
The vice president called on Congress to hold a vote on the Iran deal and to treat it as a treaty. "What we need to do is have Congress reject the deal," Cheney said. "It ought to be treated as a treaty, for one thing. I'm offended by the fact that it's not treated as a treaty. It should require two-thirds vote of the Senate to go in force."
Cheney also defended the decision to invade Iraq and oust Saddam Hussein from power. "Wasn't the world more stable with Saddam Hussein in power?" asked host Joe Scarborough.
"No," Cheney responded. "When we took down Saddam, [Libyan dictator Muammar] Qaddafi gave up his nuclear program."
Cheney added: "The most important thing was he get rid of the nuclear materials. Imagine what would have happened if he hadn't done that and ISIS moved in and took over in Libya."
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7:45 AM, Sep 1, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The State Department released another tranche of emails from Hillary Clinton's private server Monday evening. While messages between Clinton and other State and administration officials concerning the most interesting and consequential subjects (like the Benghazi attacks) were heavily redacted, others continued to be revealing about how Clinton's State Department operated.
The president’s happy talk and sad resultsAug 10, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 45 • By MAX BOOT
President Obama is putting on the hard sell to market the nuclear deal he reached with Iran. On July 14, in announcing the agreement, he said: “This deal shows the real and meaningful change that American leadership and diplomacy can bring—change that makes our country and the world safer and more secure. We negotiated from a position of strength and principle—and the result is a nuclear deal that cuts off every pathway to a nuclear weapon.”
Jun 8, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 37 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
A little more than three hours after the State Department released 848 pages of Hillary Clinton’s emails, the Daily Beast had seen enough to render its judgment: “Sorry GOP. There’s No Smoking Gun In Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi Emails.” The subhead: “Conspiracy-minded conservatives, be warned: The trove of Clinton emails doesn’t prove much about her culpability for the infamous 9/11 anniversary attacks.”
7:52 AM, May 27, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Kentucky senator Rand Paul says the "hawks" in the Republican party helped create and grow the Islamic State terrorist group. Paul, who is running for president, appeared Wednesday morning on MSNBC, where host Joe Scarborough asked him about fellow senator Lindsey Graham's own likely White House bid.
"Graham would say ISIS exists because of people like Rand Paul who said, 'Let's not go into Syria.' What do you say to Lindsey?" said Scarborough.
3:27 PM, May 22, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Hillary Clinton was forwarded an article a month after the terrorist attack on Benghazi that killed U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens that quoted Stevens's father. In the October 14, 2012, Bloomberg article, Jan Stevens, the late ambassador's father, was quoted saying that it would be "abhorrent" to make his son's death a political issue in the presidential campaign.
8:44 AM, May 21, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
A small batch of newly released Hillary Clinton emails show that the then-secretary of state was exchanging sensitive information on her home brew server.
"The Times obtained about a third of the 850 pages of emails. They appear to back up Mrs. Clinton’s previous assertions that she did not receive classified information at her private email address," the New York Times reports.
Midwifing democracy is not an Obama priority.May 11, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 33 • By ANN MARLOWE
‘Why does the United States fight terror in Syria, Iraq, and Africa but not in Libya?” Idris al Magreibi, 40, a tall, lightly bearded member of Libya’s House of Representatives in Tobruk, was pacing the floor in the offices of the Libyan Mission to the United Nations as he raised the question. He spoke in Arabic, and a member of the mission served as interpreter.
5:55 PM, Apr 20, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Bill de Blasio is trying to insert himself into the foreign policy arena. The New York City mayor, more specifically, has commented on the deaths of refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea.
"Drowning deaths off Libya are a man-made tragedy. EU must get serious about tackling the problem at the root and caring for those at home," de Blasio says on Twitter.
1:48 PM, Jan 28, 2015 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
Two gunmen entered the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli Tuesday morning. When their shooting rampage was over, at least ten people had been killed. For jihadists in Libya, the hotel was an inviting target. Foreign diplomats, Western tourists and officials from Libya’s rival governments are known to frequent it. Indeed, the victims were five foreigners, including an American, and five Libyans.
10:51 AM, Dec 19, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Concerned Veterans for America has launched a new video series on the failures of the Obama administration's foreign policy doctrine of "leading from behind." The launch begins with Libya as a case study in what's gone wrong with U.S. foreign relations. Watch the video below:
An ongoing intelligence failure Dec 15, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 14 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES and THOMAS JOSCELYN
After a long day on November 13, 2013, Speaker of the House John Boehner walked down the marble hallways of the Longworth House Office Building to the personal office of Representative Devin Nunes for a drink, a cigarette, and maybe a brief reprieve.
Hosted by Michael Graham.2:45 PM, Sep 17, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on the House Select Committee on Benghazi's hearings, and the status of U.S. policy on combatting ISIS.
8:04 AM, Sep 11, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
A largely overlooked posting on the White House's Twitter account the very day of the assault on the U.S.