Democrat Debates Round One: What’s the Worst Nat’l Security Threat?

Democrat Debates Round One: What’s the Worst Nat’l Security Threat?

The first round of Democrat debates were held last week. It was a dizzying two nights with 20 candidates vying for their time in the sun. Here's quick digest on where the candidates stand on national security, fighting terrorism, Iran and foreign wars: Twenty of the 25 Democratic presidential candidates just held their first debates and the threat of Islamist extremism and foreign policy received minimal attention, as the economy, income inequality and race issues dominated the discussion. The following is a summary of where the candidates stood on questions related to national security during the debates.   What is…
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Secretary of Defense Mattis: What’s With the Flip-Flops?

Also read:  Has Trump Kept His Word on Radical Islam? The Nikki Haley Report Card   When President Trump chose Marine Corps General Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis as his Secretary of Defense, the cheers could be heard from the moon. There was bipartisan praise; social media accounts lit up with his badass quotes and he gave foes of Islamism and Iran plenty to cheer about. Since then, Mattis’ record has been mixed. At times, we’re left wondering if President Trump accidentally appointed a alien version of Mattis.   Islamism In 2015, Mattis said to Congress, “The fundamental question I believe…
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Winning Afghanistan: Support Trump’s Strategy

Winning Afghanistan: Support Trump’s Strategy

  President Trump is pledging to “win” in Afghanistan by defeating the terrorist “losers.” He is correct about the disaster ahead if the U.S. retreats from Afghanistan, but his speech doesn’t seem to have addressed the concerns of those who believe that the campaign there is a lost cause. Trump rightly pointed out that there are 20 groups designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the U.S. State Department operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan. If the U.S. abandons Afghanistan, these groups will use the country as a launching pad to target the U.S. and destabilize the region, including nuclear-armed Pakistan. From…
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6 Ways Russia May Respond to St. Petersburg Bombing

6 Ways Russia May Respond to St. Petersburg Bombing

Russia says that the suspect behind a subway bombing in St. Petersburg that killed at least 11 people is from Central Asia and has links to radical Islamic terrorist groups. Here are six ways the Russian government may respond to the attack. Blame the West Why? Because that’s what the Russian government-controlled, conspiratorial media always does. In fact, Pravda almost immediately published this interview with the heading, “CIA Involved in St. Petersburg Terror Act?” The source was an individual with the background of “government and business consultant.” Double-Down on Alliances with Shiite Wing of Radical Islam  Russia is a long-standing…
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5 Points About New National Security Adviser Gen. McMaster

President Trump has chosen General H.R. McMaster as the national security adviser and there’s plenty to be happy about. Below are five points to consider with his choice. General McMaster is known for winning the most difficult of battles. As explained in this lengthy New Yorker article from 2006, he performed an amazing turnaround in the city of Tal Afar in Iraq. I remember when he arrived in 2005 and shocked observers by needing only about six months to change the situation by building strong relationships with Iraqis on the ground to kick the jihadists out and to quickly build…
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4 Risks After Bombing Assad’s Air Base

4/7/2017 The U.S. acted quickly and decisively in response to a chemical attack by the Syrian Air Force on a rebel-held town in Idlib Province, enforcing the previously-unenforced “red line” by bombing the air base used. But any military action risks unintended consequences. The evidence proving that the Assad regime is responsible was strong enough to convince President Trump to take action. His skepticism of the intelligence community is well-known, as is his intense aversion to military intervention in other country’s affairs. Trump’s turn around was particularly surprising given his opposition to overthrowing Assad and his Secretary of State’s comment…
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