What Have We Learned About Combating Terrorism after 9/11?

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by Emile Nakhleh As our country commemorates the fifteenth anniversary of the horrendous terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, let’s identify some important lessons and learn from them. Otherwise, as Osama bin Ladin predicted nearly two decades ago, the nation would be… Continue Reading  

Replacing Hagel: Obama’s Last Chance?

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by Robert E. Hunter Chuck Hagel’s sudden departure as President Barak Obama’s third secretary of defense leaves the chief executive searching for a fourth at a time when presidents have usually settled upon a smoothly running and effective team to… Continue Reading  

Decision to Delist MEK was Multi-faceted

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It is probably inaccurate to take the State Department to task in isolation as having made the decision to delist the Mujahadeen-e Khalq (MEK) from the US foreign terrorist organizations (FTO) list. State is the cabinet department that must officially announce… Continue Reading  

Was Iran Engagement Serious? (Con’t)

The Iran-grand-bargainers, the Leveretts, have an interesting piece up challenging the notion that the Barack Obama administration was ever serious about engaging Iran. (Because I’m behind on my reading, I only picked up on it via the Progressive Realist.) These are the… Continue Reading  

Neocon Blog Rips Obama NSA Choice as inept on Iran

On neocon pundit David Frum‘s FrumForum blog, John Guardiano lambasts Tom Donilon, President  Obama’s choice to succeed Gen. Jim Jones as National Security Adviser, as “the wrong man for the job.” Guardiano, a contributor to neoconservative blogs and former Marine, … Continue Reading