National Security Articles

Obama, Hagel, and Iran

12:00 AM, Jan 08, 2013

What should the United States do about Iran?

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Chairman King Concerned National Security Risked by Leaks to Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal

Makers of Zero Dark Thirty scrutinized.
12:15 PM, Dec 18, 2012

In response to a report that classified information had been leaked to the makers of the Hollywood movie Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, Congressman Peter King, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, says he's concerned.

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Weekend Podcast with Kristol: Chuck Hagel Is 'to the Left of Obama'

Hosted by Michael Graham.
11:42 AM, Dec 14, 2012

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Bill Kristol, hosted by Michael Graham:

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A Recipe for Violence

Obama’s ‘offshore balancing’ and the New Middle East
Dec 10, 2012



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Who Politicized Intelligence on Benghazi?

10:41 AM, Nov 19, 2012

During an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Congressman Mike Rogers, who is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, accused political appointees in the intelligence community of spinning the September 11 terrorist attack in Benghazi.

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Fiscal Health, a National Security Concern

4:52 PM, Nov 13, 2012

Robert Kagan, writing in the Washington Post:


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Petraeus’s Sudden Resignation

Lawmakers considered calling for his resignation in late October.
5:40 PM, Nov 09, 2012

A few thoughts on the resignation of David Petraeus as CIA director: Few American leaders had a stronger reputation for integrity and honor, so the reason he cited for his departure – an extramarital affair – comes as a shock to the nation and to those who know him best.

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Obama's Defense Spending Claims Are Wrong

7:55 AM, Nov 03, 2012

The Foreign Policy Initiative provides this fact-sheet to debunk President Obama's false defense spending claims:

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Clinton vs. Petraeus—But Where's Obama?

11:05 PM, Nov 01, 2012

There's an interesting article on Benghazi in the Wall Street Journal, with some useful information, and lots of finger pointing and back-and-forth between the State Department and the CIA, and between Hillary Clinton and David Petraeus. Guess who's nowhere mentioned in the piece: The person who's supposed to be resolving such conflicts and running the executive branch—President Barack Obama.

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Obama Goes for a Modified Limited Hang Out

10:45 PM, Nov 01, 2012

Obama administration officials are feeling the pressure to answer some basic questions about their responsibility for what happened September 11 in Benghazi.

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Ten Questions for the White House

1:35 PM, Oct 27, 2012

Friday, in response to questions regarding the events of September 11 in Benghazi, President Obama said this"Nobody wants to find out more what happened than I do. But we want to make sure we get it right, particularly because I have made a commitment to the families impacted as well as to the American people, we're going to bring those folks to justice. So, we're going to gather all the facts, find out exactly what happened, and make sure that it doesn't happen again but we're also going to make sure that we bring to justice those who carried out these attacks."

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DNC Chair: Israel Is 'One of Our Strongest Allies, Particularly in that Region'

7:24 AM, Oct 23, 2012

After the debate last night, Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said that Israel is "one of our strongest allies" in the Middle East:

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Romney Passed the Test

12:45 AM, Oct 23, 2012

Mitt Romney’s aim was to present himself with the demeanor and grasp of foreign and national security issues of a president of the United States. He succeeded. President Obama sought to make Romney appear unqualified to be president and commander in chief. He failed. And that was the story of the third and final presidential debate.

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Top Oversight Dem on Libya Hearings: 'Turning into a Witch Hunt'

11:14 AM, Oct 14, 2012

Maryland Democrat Elijah Cummings, the ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told CBS's Bob Schieffer Sunday that the committee's hearings into the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Libya were "turning into a witch hunt."

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Campaign Spokesman: No Plans for Obama to Address Libya

10:18 AM, Sep 20, 2012

A campaign spokesman for President Barack Obama suggested this morning on national television that there are no plans for the president to update the nation on what happened in Libya:

"I want to be clear on this," Fox News host Bill Hemmer said. "There is no plan right now for President Obama to tell the American people what happened."

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Obama Politicizes Bin Laden Raid, Again

11:05 AM, Sep 07, 2012

During his acceptance speech last night, President Obama claimed, “I promised to refocus on the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11, and we have.”

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Obama's Foreign Policy and National Security Record

3:16 PM, Sep 06, 2012

Tonight in Charlotte, at the Democratic convention, the Obama administration is expected to trumpet its foreign policy and national security record. It’s therefore worth taking a look at what President Obama has actually done.

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Ryan Talks Iran, Israel, and National Security

5:01 PM, Aug 17, 2012

At a campaign stop in Virginia this afternoon, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan talked national security and Iran.

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The Romney Foreign Policy Team

9:30 AM, Aug 09, 2012

Here's an intelligent if speculative piece by Foreign Policy's Josh Rogin about what a Romney administration foreign policy team could look like. Full disclosure: Yes, I was one of those with whom Josh spoke for this article. (Unlike everyone else, apparently, I didn't insist on speaking off the record—I suppose Josh didn't want to embarrass all the other shrinking violets by quoting only me by name, and that's of course fine.)

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Obama Administration Making Concessions to the Taliban

10:38 AM, Aug 08, 2012

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama famously said that the U.S. should negotiate with Iran without any preconditions. Obama’s notion of diplomacy with the mullahs was widely ridiculed at the time, including by his then rival for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton. More than three years into the Obama administration, multiple attempts at negotiations with the Iranians over their nuclear program have not led to any progress.

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'Another Leak of Sensitive Intelligence Information'

12:31 PM, Aug 02, 2012

A memo released from the Republican Policy Committee in the U.S.

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What Does Axelrod Know?

11:50 AM, Jul 28, 2012

Patrick Caddell, writing at, asks, "White House Leaks: What Does Axelrod Know, And How Does He Know It?"

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Admiral on Leaks: 'Sooner or Later It’s Going to Cost People Their Lives'

1:22 PM, Jul 26, 2012

Admiral William McRaven, commander of special operations, warned of the dangers of high-level national security leaks in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer: 

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On Whether Reagan Neglected National Security

9:16 AM, Jul 26, 2012

The boss yesterday wrote a post yesterday saying that, contrary to certain things others were saying, President Ronald Reagan did not neglect national security:

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Axelrod Doesn't Deny National Security Leaks Came from White House

8:34 AM, Jul 25, 2012

President Obama's top political adviser, David Axelrod, came under heavy fire this morning on MSNBC this morning about high-level national security allegedly coming from the White House: 

Axelrod at first dances around the issue, claiming that others do not believe that the leaks are coming from the White House (which is not the same as saying, with absolute certainty, that the leaks did not come from individuals in the White House). 

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Romney to Hit Obama for National Security Leaks: 'Contemptible ... Betrays Our National Interest'

8:23 AM, Jul 24, 2012

Mitt Romney will hit President Obama for high-level national security leaks coming from the White House, according to excerpts of the speech the Republican presidential candidate will deliver later today at the VFW in Reno, Nevada. Romney will call the leaks "contemptible" and a betrayal of "our national interest."

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Feinstein Accuses Obama's White House of National Security Leaks (Updated: Backtracks)

8:03 AM, Jul 24, 2012

Senator Dianne Feinstein, a top Democratic from California, accused the Obama White House of leaking national security information at a recent event in Washington, D.C. Here's video of Feinstein's accusation:

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Romney Blasts Obama Defense Cuts

2:31 PM, Jul 13, 2012

In a letter today in the Virginian-Pilot, Mitt Romney blasts President Obama for cutting the military: 

Welcome to Virginia, Mr. President! Home of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, the fighters at Langley AFB,  the storied Marine Base at Quantico, tens of thousands of veterans from the Battle of Guadalcanal to the Battle of Fallujah, and countless other proud military units, factories, and bases, the Commonwealth is a proud state with a proud history.

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House Intel Chair Unloads on Obama Leaks: 'Probably the Most Damaging' in History

"Somebody’s going to lose their life."
12:58 PM, Jul 02, 2012

The House Intelligence Committee chair, Congressman Mike Rogers, unloaded on the Obama administration for what he calls "probably the most damaging" national security leaks in history, the National Journal reports

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Leon Panetta, Leaker?

12:19 PM, Jun 19, 2012

The recent congressional ire over the Obama administration's suspiciously convenient national security leaks reminded me of an unusual bit of political trivia: Defense Secretary -- and prior to that, CIA head -- Leon Panetta is the prime suspect in one of the most notorious political leaks of all time.

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