3:05 PM, Jul 11, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
Former head of the Shin Bet Avi Dichter joins former military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin and others insisting that Operation Preventive Edge can't be merely tactical. Rather, writes Dichter, Israel must uproot Gaza's terrorist infrastructure, not only smuggling tunnels but also munitions factories where Hamas now makes its own Iranian-designed medium-range missiles. “Without destroying the terrorists' military infrastructure in Gaza,” writes Dichter:
we will continue living from one round of shooting to the next, as the time in between rounds decreases and the range of the rockets increases. They have already dragged half of our population into a war of attrition. Our airstrikes are approaching the point of decreasing effectiveness, when they will no longer stop or reduce the amount of shooting at Israel. Hamas terrorists and their leaders are acting according to their capabilities, not according to our logic.
The time is ripe to switch from tactical operations (Pillar of Defense, Cast Lead, Protective Edge) to a strategic campaign which will dramatically diminish the terrorists' ability to hurt us. This campaign is not something that should last for just a month or two -- rather a year or two.
2:10 PM, Jul 10, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Elliott Abrams, writing for the Council on Foreign Relations:
Israel is under attack by the terrorist group Hamas. Hundreds of rockets have fallen on its cities and towns. Millions of Israelis run, and must pull their children, into shelters each day.
3:56 PM, Jul 8, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The IDF says a rocket, fired from Gaza, has hit Jerusalem. "Confirmed: A rocket fired from Gaza hit Jerusalem, Israel’s capital city," tweets the IDF.
There's more rocket fire hitting Israel:
4:09 PM, Jun 23, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The public and published reason that U.S. military units were pulled out of Iraq is that it became impossible to conclude a status of forces agreement with the Maliki government. One suspects that the overriding reason was that President Obama simply did not want them there.
12:11 PM, Jun 23, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Most Republicans say the United States should doing something about the violence in Iraq, according to a poll from CBS News and the New York Times. The poll found 52 percent of Republican adults say the U.S. has a "responsibility" to act in Iraq over the recent wave of terrorism there, and 53 percent say the country should be doing more there. Just 43 percent of Democrats and only 37 percent of independents said the U.S. has a responsibility in Iraq.
9:35 AM, Jun 19, 2014 • By KEVIN NICHOLSON
The events of the last few weeks have been gut wrenching for many active duty members of the military and veterans. We have watched the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care scandal unfold, the absurdly lopsided trade of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five top-level Taliban commanders, and now the loss of hard-won Iraqi cities to ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) following the premature withdrawal of all U.S. troops from that country.
5:00 PM, Jun 18, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama sought the advice of three initial supporters of the Iraq war on the current situation in Iraq. According to a White House readout of the meeting, the president this afternoon met with Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, and John Boehner, all of whom voted to authorize the Iraq war (except Pelosi, who supported intervening recently in Syria).
11:44 AM, Jun 17, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Jack Keane and Danielle Pletka, writing for the Wall Street Journal:
Setting aside for the moment the question of whether this administration has the will to intervene again in Iraq, here are the components of a reasonable military package that can make a difference:
11:01 AM, Jun 17, 2014 • By NOEMIE EMERY
The Big Hangover is a flopped ’50s film that is better forgotten, but it is the permanent state of Barack Obama, still in his bathrobe and feeling quite queasy, due to a headache called Bush.
12:48 PM, Jun 16, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered "the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde into the Arabian Gulf," the Defense Department says in a press release. "The ship has completed its transit through the Strait of Hormuz," says a Navy admiral.
11:45 AM, Jun 16, 2014 • By FREDERICK W. KAGAN and WILLIAM KRISTOL
It’s widely agreed that the collapse of Iraq would be a disaster for American interests and security in the Middle East and around the world. It also seems to be widely assumed either that there's nothing we can now do to avert that disaster, or that our best bet is supporting Iran against al Qaeda. Both assumptions are wrong. It would be irresponsible to embrace a premature fatalism with respect to Iraq. And it would be damaging and counterproductive to accept a transformation of our alliances and relationships in the Middle East to the benefit of the regime in Tehran. There is a third alternative.
'I would anticipate timely decisions from the president.'9:17 AM, Jun 13, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Secretary of State John Kerry says that he "would anticipate timely decisions from the president" on what to do in Iraq.
3:52 PM, Jun 12, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a Sunday show appearance in 2011, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that "no one should miscalculate America's resolve and commitment to helping support the Iraqi democracy." She added, "We have paid too high a price to give the Iraqis this chance and I hope that Iran and no one else miscalculates that."
The soldiers in Bowe Bergdahl's platoon speak up.
3:45 PM, Jun 2, 2014 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
The Obama administration is facing mounting questions about the controversial prisoner swap that freed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from jihadists in Pakistan in exchange for the transfer and ultimate release of five senior Taliban commanders previously held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.