U.S. Policy

Friday, July 11, 2014 - 10:39
Obama's counterterrorism framework has some obvious conceptual holes: It assumes that countries such as Libya and Yemen can be put back together and turned into functioning allies after near-death experiences. It extends partner status to countries such as Egypt and Turkey, which are perilously close to being autocratic dictatorships despite their long history of friendship with the United States. And it ignores altogether the role, positive or negative, of Iran.
Monday, June 30, 2014 - 09:24

Despite criticism by the Pentagon about human rights restrictions getting in the way, the Senate Armed Services Committee moved forward on May 22 to permanently restrict U.S.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 09:29
When the U.S. military helps foreign leaders, their nations seem to shrink. For days, despite an even greater of U.S. blood and treasure in Iraq, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is now being referred to in some quarters as the “mayor of Baghdad.”
Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 13:56
The billions of dollars we invested in reconstituting, arming and training Iraqi security forces over the last decade is now money down a rat hole — or worse, since some of the weapons, uniforms and supplies are now in the hands of the most dangerous and anti-American factions.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 09:28

On June 16, seventeen faith and rights groups wrote an open letter to the U.S. Congress urging them not to fund the Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund (CTPF) proposed by President Obama in his recent West Point commencement address.

The letter states:

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 07:33
The interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya show that the use of force as the primary instrument did not sustainably secure U.S. interests in those countries over time, nor assure U.S. allies of its mutual defense obligations, and had no latent capacity to deter potential adversaries.
Friday, June 13, 2014 - 05:05
Ambassador James Dobbins: "For several years now, our efforts have increasingly focused on 
consolidating the gains made over the past 13 years, and on empowering Afghans 
and Afghan institutions to deliver security, the rule of law, and vital services, 
including health, education, and economic opportunity, that all Afghans deserve." 
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 10:43
National security is by no means immune, and the chasm between Republicans and Democrats on key issues has resulted in irrational defense budgeting, unfinished trade agreements and the elevation of personal attacks over policy impacts.
Friday, May 30, 2014 - 12:03

Kazakhstan is moving to upgrade its military arsenal, while the United States has offered a million dollars for any information on Kamchybek Kolbayev’s criminal network.

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 07:43
U.S. President Obama -- increasingly accused of having a listless foreign policy that, in the eyes of some, made Russian President Vladimir Putin believe he could get away with stealing Crimea -- is doing much better on the world stage than his critics allow. But he does still have to address one significant problem. If he does not, he will likely find himself increasingly harangued over a supposed decline in American influence and power on his watch. His West Point speech on May 28 will probably fix some of the problem, but not all of it.