'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.
9:12 AM, Jun 2, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama's national security adviser, Susan Rice, said on ABC that Bowe Bergdahl "served the United States with honor and distinction" and that "Sergeant Bergdahl wasn't simply a hostage; he was an American prisoner of war captured on the battlefield."
12:33 PM, May 29, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The Ukraine crisis continues and intensifies, despite the recent election. This morning, the BBC is reporting that:
Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine have shot down a military helicopter near Sloviansk, killing 14, outgoing President Olexander Turchynov says.
President-elect Petro Poroshenko has vowed to tackle the uprising in eastern Ukraine, saying he would deal firmly with "bandits" and "murderers”.
2:44 PM, May 28, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Elliott Abrams says that "Obama just accidentally explained why his foreign policy hasn’t worked." He writes in the Washington Post:
At West Point today, President Obama marched out his army of straw men and continued his ungracious habit of taking credit for successful actions attributable to his predecessor. But at bottom, the policy he outlined will be of little comfort to our allies and to the cause of freedom in the world.
4:35 PM, May 27, 2014 • By GARY SCHMITT
Today in the Rose Garden, President Obama announced that he’s going to keep a little under 10,000 troops in Afghanistan through 2014, half that number by the end of 2015, and will have all those forces out by the end of 2016.
In northern Syria, the Kurds try to carve out a territory and fend off the jihadists May 26, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 35 • By JONATHAN SPYER
Kobani, Syrian Kurdish Region
With Syrian presidential elections scheduled for June, the incumbent and shoo-in for reelection, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, is campaigning on the promise that 2014 will be the year in which military operations in Syria end. However, the situation in northern Syria, exemplified by the conflict in the canton of Kobani, an area stretching from the Turkish border to south of Kobani city, and from Tell Abyad in the east to Jarabulus in the west, casts doubt on Assad’s optimism.
2:31 PM, May 2, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
After separatists in the Ukraine shot down two government helicopters and violence escalated, a spokesman for Vladimir Putin issued the following statement, as reported by Neil MacFarquahar and Alan Cowell of the New York Times:
12:17 PM, Apr 24, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The time for building ships is when your nation is at peace. Once the shooting starts, it may be too late and playing catch-up is hard.
And the White House campaigns for Assad.1:25 PM, Apr 23, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
Monday the Syrian regime announced that presidential elections will be held June 3. The State Department dismissed the news. “The fact that you would even think you can hold free and fair elections in the middle of a civil war,” said a State Department spokesman, “is absurd.”
Troop levels to fall to below 10,000.12:38 PM, Apr 22, 2014 • By FREDERICK W. KAGAN
Media reports suggest that President Obama is looking to declare victory and withdraw from Afghanistan, as he did from Iraq. The military commander in Afghanistan, General Joe Dunford, has said that he needs 10,000 US troops to accomplish the missions the president has said he wants to accomplish after this year.
Not as deft as Carney’s skillet flipping abilities.
7:18 AM, Apr 22, 2014 • By WHITNEY BLAKE
A few months ago when Obamacare was in free fall, many were left scratching their heads when the Democrats were touting stay-at-home motherhood as one of the perks of Obamacare.