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Send Them to Gitmo, Mr. President

 

One of Barack Obama’s first acts as president was to sign an executive order mandating that the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba be closed. Obama insisted that the Guantanamo Bay facility — Gitmo — was an important recruiting tool for terrorists. When Obama left office, Gitmo was still open, housing about forty-one terrorists […]

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Singing a Hwasong

 

North Korea reached a milestone on the Fourth of July by launching its first ICBM, the “Hwasong-14.” Fired on a steep trajectory the missile flew for almost forty minutes before coming down about 800 miles from the launch pad. On a shallower trajectory, it could have reached Alaska. The launch was accompanied, as usual, by […]

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Mattis, McMaster, and North Korea

 

North Korea has the potential to become the greatest foreign policy crisis for the Trump administration. Fortunately, President Trump has a very capable Secretary of Defense, and an exceptional National Security Advisor that are uniquely qualified on this issue. North Korea is also one of the few issues where there is still some bipartisan consensus. […]

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What Needs to Happen at the Trump/Moon Jae-In Meeting

 

The meeting of President Trump and South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-In is an opportunity for the president to propose a plan that has a strong possibility of preventing another bloody Korean War. I submit that President Trump should make it absolutely clear that the United States will not fight another war to save South Korea from the North Koreans. To accomplish this, […]

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The Star Wars Era Is Back and Not Just in the Movies

 

As any American of any postliterate age can tell you, the “Star Wars” saga has come back in a big way over the past few years in cinema. Furthermore, the Trump administration seems intent on reproducing the symbolism and political norms of the era when Star Wars most dominated the American conversation – namely, the […]

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Use of Force: An Interview With Brad Thor

 

Brad Thor: Soft target attacks will continue in the U.S. and Europe. You will also see more unstable people “cook off” and begin taking the law into their own hands, attacking innocent Muslims as we recently saw at the Finsbury Park Mosque in London. We will all continue to lose in this case. The best thing we can do to empower Muslim reformers is to keep up the pressure on the Islamic world to reform. When Islamic terror attacks happen, that is precisely the time we should be calling the Muslim world out; demanding that they take concrete steps to reform. We should also keep up unrelenting pressure for them to embrace true democracy across the Muslim world. Radical Islam takes root where there is no freedom and spreads its poison around the globe. The greatest counter to that poison is freedom.

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Mattis the Decider

 

Facing demands to fire Donald Rumsfeld, his secretary of defense, in early 2006 President George W. Bush told the press, “I hear the voices and I read the front page and I hear the speculation. But I’m the decider, and I decide what’s best.” He decided that Rumsfeld would stay at that point. Last Tuesday, […]

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America’s Elite Warriors, 1942 – 2017

 

America’s special operations forces — the Navy Seals, the Army Rangers, Delta Force, Special Operations Command (SOCOM), Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and so forth — have been a source of pride and inspiration, as well as disappointment, to Americans for generations. These elite warriors embody the hope of many for a means of achieving decisive and swift strategic victory in a short time and at a low cost in treasure, lives and limbs.

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The Mess in Qatar

 

About a week ago, four Arab countries — Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates — declared an economic embargo on a fifth, Qatar, saying that Qatar’s support for terrorist groups was too great for them to tolerate. Anyone who isn’t confused by the response to the embargo by American policymakers just hasn’t […]

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As Missile Defense Becomes More Critical, New System Misses the Mark

 

Rep. Mac Thornberry of Texas, who is Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, recently introduced legislation to reform the military’s acquisition process. I don’t relish Congressman Thornberry’s job, because as anyone who has served in the Armed Forces knows, the acquisition process is an ugly business that often fails to serve the best interests […]

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