Foreign Policy Articles

Dem Senator: 'We Don’t Have a Comprehensive Strategy' In Syria

8:28 AM, Nov 10, 2015

Democratic senator Tim Kaine admitted this morning on national TV that the U.S. has no strategy in Syria:

"The problem is, we don't have a comprehensive strategy," said Senator Kaine.

Kaine went on to blame Congress for the lack of strategy. "It's time to really have a strategy between Congress and the president. And that involved Congress being wiling to engage. And Congress hasn't been welling to do that."

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Homeland Chair Tells Obama to Get Tough on Iran

7:35 AM, Oct 30, 2015

The chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Rep. Michael McCaul (R., TX), is trying to get the White House to pay attention to what Iran is doing around the Middle East. Earlier in the week, McCaul wrote a letter to Obama arguing that the clerical regime “has demonstrated hostility towards the United States and our allies through a series of increasingly provocative actions.”

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The Gulf We’ve Left in Our Wake

Another Obama retreat.
Oct 26, 2015

Theodore Roosevelt summarized his approach to diplomacy with the maxim “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” Time and again, President Obama has chosen the opposite tack. Perhaps nowhere has his policy of speechifying without substance to back up the rhetoric been more problematic than in the Persian Gulf. 

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Reading Obama’s Mind

Oct 19, 2015

Last week an Obama administration official bragged that the White House’s Syria policy is working out just as planned. Special envoy for Syria Michael Ratney said that the “Russians wouldn’t have to help [Bashar al-]Assad if we didn’t weaken him.”

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BARNES: A Disastrous Week for Democrats on Foreign Policy

Hosted by Michael Graham.
12:25 PM, Oct 16, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with executive editor Fred Barnes on the Democrats' disastrous week.

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Jim Webb: Iran Deal Enables Iran to Get Nukes

8:51 PM, Oct 13, 2015

During Tuesday's Democratic debate, presidential candidate Jim Webb ripped the Iranian nuclear deal, adding that the deal will allow Iran "to move forward and eventually acquire a nuclear weapon." Watch:

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BOLTON: Our Allies Are Shaking Their Heads Over Obama Foreign Policy

Hosted by Michael Graham
2:05 PM, Oct 06, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton on the Obama foreign policy, and how our allies are reacting to it.

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He Who Dares Wins

Syria 2015 is not Afghanistan 1979.
6:31 AM, Oct 03, 2015

You have to give Barack Obama credit for consistency.

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Obama to Hillary: 'There's a Difference Between Running for President and Being President'

4:02 PM, Oct 02, 2015

President Barack Obama talked about Hillary Clinton's recent disagreements with his Syria policy by saying "there's a difference between running for president and being president."

Watch here:

"Hillary Clinton is not half-baked in terms of her approach to these problems--she was obviously my secretary of state," said Obama. "But I also think that there's a difference between running for president and being president."

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Abbas’s 'Bombshell'

3:55 PM, Sep 30, 2015

The Palestinian press has been saying for weeks that Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas would “drop a bombshell” when he spoke to the United National General Assembly today. In the event, the bomb did not go off.

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Obama’s Intel Scandal

Sep 28, 2015

Earlier this summer, we learned the Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating allegations that the intelligence on ISIS was manipulated. Analysts at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida, formally complained to the IG that analysis contradicting the Obama administration’s narrative on ISIS was routinely challenged, rewritten, or disregarded. The administration was eager to sell the story that the campaign against ISIS was going well; much of the intelligence made clear it wasn’t. That intelligence was buried, and the happy talk continued.

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Our Iranian Interlocutor

Ali Khamenei’s dark obsession with Jews and Israel
Sep 28, 2015

Antisemitism has never been an easy subject for America’s foreign-policy establishment. Read through State Department telegrams and Central Intelligence Agency operational and intelligence cables on the Middle East and you will seldom find it discussed, even though Jew-hatred—not just anti-Zionism—has been a significant aspect, if not a core component, of modern Arab nationalism, Islamic fundamentalism, and what usually passes for critical thought among sophisticated Arab elites. 

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The Putin Solution

What Russia is up to in Syria.
Sep 21, 2015

A photograph of a drowned 3-year-old boy washed up on a Turkish beach after his family failed to find refuge from the war in Syria seems to have finally gotten the world’s attention. The conflict has been an unfolding humanitarian catastrophe for more than four years. A quarter of a million are dead, and millions have been driven from their homes, either displaced within Syria or moved to flee abroad, where they take their chances on reaching shelter.

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Three ISIS Drones Have Been Destroyed in Iraq, Syria

6:29 AM, Sep 18, 2015

The latest official report of a drone in the possession of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) is tucked in an August 3rd press release from U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), the overseers of the air campaign in Syria and Iraq against the terrorist organization. 

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A Disciplined Rubio Stands Out at Debate

And he mostly ignores the Donald.
1:54 PM, Sep 17, 2015

While their fireworks have earned Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump the most attention after Wednesday night’s Republican debate in California, the winner for the most detailed and substantive performance may go to Marco Rubio. 

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General: 'We Don’t Truly Understand' Russia's Plans in Syria

7:01 AM, Sep 14, 2015

Weekend remarks concerning Russia's current activities in Syria by Gen. Philip Breedlove, commander of U.S. European Command and NATO's supreme allied commander, are far from reassuring. Speaking to reporters after NATO's Military Committee Conference in Istanbul on Saturday, Breedlove acknowledged, "We don’t truly understand yet what it is that Russia is going to do in Syria." He went on to say:

We have heard everything from humanitarian operations to combat operations, so it remains to be seen what this will be in the end," Breedlove said. "What we are most concerned about is any operations that would continue to support the Assad Read more

Obama’s Victory Is Iran’s Victory

Sep 14, 2015

Last week the White House puffed its feathers when Barbara Mikulski became the 34th Democratic senator to come out in favor of the nuclear deal with Iran. Mikulski’s support ensures enough votes in Obama’s pocket to sustain a presidential veto on a resolution of disapproval, but it’s still not clear why the administration is celebrating. A majority of senators and congressmen oppose Obama’s signature foreign policy initiative. So does most of the American public, by a two-to-one ratio according to a new poll released last week.

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Senator Goes to Iran Embassy to Blast 'Terrible Deal'

4:12 PM, Sep 10, 2015

Senator Ben Sasse went to the Iranian embassy to blast President Obama's "terrible deal" with Iran:

"I am standing here on Embassy Row. Right behind me is the Iranian Embassy to the United States, which was abandoned April 7, 1980.

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Obama Lauds Senate for Vote to 'Enable' U.S. to Work With Iran

4:04 PM, Sep 10, 2015

President Barack Obama is celebrating the Senate's Iran deal vote, in which he failed to gain a majority in support of his top foreign policy initiative.

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O'Malley Urges U.S. to Take in 65,000 Syrian Refugees

6:58 PM, Sep 05, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley is urging to the U.S. to take in 65,000 Syrian refugees. O'Malley made the plea in an email this evening to supporters.

"The photograph of a young Syrian boy washed up on a Turkish beach has brought the refugee crisis into the forefront of international news. Citizens everywhere have expressed outrage as many governments have failed to act," writes O'Malley.

"It is unacceptable that we, as a nation, would sit back and do nothing.

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Every Candidate Should Know Baghdadi, Zawahiri

11:58 AM, Sep 04, 2015

Hugh Hewitt’s interview with Donald Trump has received a fair amount of attention, mainly because Trump didn’t know the answers to some of Hewitt’s supposed “gotcha” questions.

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Trump Confuses Iran's Quds Forces and Kurds Fighting ISIS (Updated)

Accuses radio host of "gotcha questions."
6:15 PM, Sep 03, 2015

Radio host Hugh Hewitt interviewed Donald Trump Thursday and asked the Republican frontrunner some details on foreign policy. After Trump confused some terminology, he accused Hewitt of asking "gotcha questions."

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Hillary's Anti-Israel Advisers

4:11 PM, Sep 02, 2015

While looking through the newest batch of Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department, one finds a disturbing anti-Israel trend. Her advisers regularly criticized Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, the "US. Jewish community," and AIPAC.

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Hillary's Anti-Israel Advisers

11:01 AM, Sep 02, 2015

While looking through the newest batch of Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department, one finds a disturbing anti-Israel trend. Her advisers regularly criticized Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, the "US Jewish community," and AIPAC. 

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Cheney: Iran Deal Did Not Begin With Bush Administration

5:16 PM, Sep 01, 2015

A prevailing media narrative is that while Republicans have pitched a fit over Barack Obama’s negotiated deal with Iran over that country’s nuclear program, the seeds of such a deal were sown by the previous administration.

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Sanctions Relief for Terrorists

12:54 PM, Aug 31, 2015

Last Friday, I moderated a panel at Hudson Institute titled, “Why is Qassem Suleimani Smiling? The Iran Deal and Sanctions Relief for Terrorists.” (See video of the event here.) The panel’s focus was not speculative—for instance, how the regime might spend the signing bonus promised by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or how the deal might moderate the regime, or reconfigure Iranian society—but rather looked at the regime’s actual behavior over the last 36 years. In particular, the panel discussed Iran’s acts of terror against Americans, especially servicemen and women.

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Obama: I'm Personally Hurt When People Call Me Anti-Semitic

President says he's "consistent with the best of the Jewish tradition."
8:32 AM, Aug 31, 2015

Barack Obama is personally hurt when people call him an anti-Semite, the president said in an interview with the Jewish newspaper the Forward. Obama says "there not a smidgen of evidence for" the accusation.

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'Borderline Anti-Semitic'

Mike Pompeo takes on Jim Slattery.
8:17 AM, Aug 31, 2015

A week ago, I suggested that—contrary to conventional wisdom and perhaps even to first-blush common sense—the GOP field might benefit from one or more new candidates. One of the well-qualified dark horses I mentioned was third-term Rep. Mike Pompeo from Wichita, Kansas.

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Portman Hits Strickland For Supporting Iran Deal

6:19 AM, Aug 25, 2015

Rob Portman of Ohio may have one of the toughest Senate reelection campaigns in the country next year, and the Republican isn't wasting time hitting his likely Democratic opponent, former governor Ted Strickland. The Portman campaign has launched a new set of online ads targeting Strickland's support for the proposed nuclear deal with Iran.

The ads ask readers questions like "Who do you stand with on the Iran deal?" and "Do you agree with Rob Portman that the Iran deal is bad for Ohio and for America?" See the ads below:

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