8:54 AM, Aug 3, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Ten days ago, as John McCormack noted, in the midst of a speech about the economy President Obama mentioned some other issues:
"Of course, we’ll keep pressing on other key priorities, like reducing gun violence, rebalancing our fight against al Qaeda, combating climate change, and standing up for civil rights and women’s rights."
McCormack asked, "what does 'rebalancing our fight against al Qaeda' mean? It's a phrase Obama hasn't used before."
The administration hasn't answered McCormack's question. In light of al Qaeda's resurgence in Iraq, our withdrawal from Afghanistan, our fecklessness with respect to Syria, Libya, and elsewhere--and now the travel alert warning about the "potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa" and Sunday's closing of 22 embassies across the Muslim world--the answer is becoming depressingly clear: Rebalance is a euphemism for retreat.
Al Qaeda's not on the run. We are.
1:35 PM, Jul 27, 2013 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Are we watching the demise of al Qaeda or its rebirth?
A bracing new piece in the Daily Beast makes a persuasive case that it’s the latter -- that recent developments in Iraq, across the greater Middle East and South Asia point to a resurgence of al Qaeda and a strengthening of its affiliates.
2:04 PM, May 23, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama is using his national security address today to reject the "Global War on Terror."
Oct 1, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 03 • By MAX BOOT
Things are getting ugly in Afghanistan. Taliban insurgents somehow managed to penetrate the coalition’s main base in Helmand Province, Camp Bastion, and blow up six Marine Corps Harrier jump jets and damage two others, making this the greatest single-day loss of American warplanes since the Vietnam war. (The Harrier squadron commander, Lt. Col. Christopher Raible, was killed in the attack.) Another Taliban suicide bomber struck in Kabul, killing a dozen people, including contract workers for the U.S. embassy.
Those were not spontaneous protests.Sep 24, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 02 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
On September 11, seemingly spontaneous protests erupted in Libya and Egypt over the online trailer for an anti-Islam video that almost no one in the West had heard of. The protests quickly became violent, ending in the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three of his fellow Americans in Benghazi. Demonstrations against The Innocence of Muslims then spread throughout the world, even as the Obama administration repeatedly denounced the film.
2:55 PM, Apr 30, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
At a press conference with the prime minister of Japan this afternoon, President Obama said that Americans haven't excessively celebrated the death of Osama bin Laden, and suggested that Mitt Romney would not have made the decision to kill the terrorist mastermind.
12:59 PM, Apr 30, 2012 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
Osama bin Laden was killed by an elite group of Navy Seals one year ago this week. And bin Laden’s files, a massive trove captured in his Abbottabad, Pakistan safe house, have been the subject of various articles since. Now, the Obama administration has reportedly decided to release “some” of the files to the public.
9:29 PM, Apr 23, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
In the wake of the Arab Spring, the Obama administration is grappling with how to handle Islamists, radical adherents to Islam. Particularly, the issue has come to the fore in regards to Egypt, which, as Reuel Marc Gerecht notes, "is now certain" to elect "an Islamist" as its leaders the next time the Egyptian people go to the polls.
The constitutional seesaw in the war on terror. Apr 30, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 31 • By GARY SCHMITT
A presidential candidate who runs against the foreign affairs record of an incumbent often appears to adopt policies that are more in line with the previous occupant of the Oval Office than not.
Advance copy from the September 19, 2011 issue.7:30 PM, Sep 9, 2011 • By PAUL WOLFOWITZ
This tenth anniversary of that grim September day when so many innocent people died in the most horrible fashion is a time to mourn their loss, as well as the thousands who have been lost in the past 10 years of the war against global terrorists, and to share in the grief of the loved ones they left behind.
States can and will support al Qaeda, unless they continue to fear an American response.3:21 PM, Sep 7, 2011 • By REUEL MARC GERECHT
Has the United States been successful in its war against terrorism? Yes, without a doubt. Although Islamic militancy remains a potent force, especially in Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent, Washington’s relentless pursuit of armed jihadists has severely damaged the capacity of Sunni radical groups to strike the United States, at home and abroad.
2:19 PM, Aug 6, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Associated Press reports that "a military helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan, killing 31 U.S. special operation troops, most of them from the elite Navy SEALs that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, along with seven Afghan commandos."
May 23, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 34 • By GARY SCHMITT
When you are in a fight and have your opponent down on the pavement with your boot on his neck, the last thing you want to do is step off. You keep the boot firmly planted, pressing even harder, until he yields. Otherwise it’s a certainty that he’ll get back up, start throwing punches again, and drag out a fight that should have been settled sooner.