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Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Lays Out New Drone Policy | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

FORT MCNAIR, Washington, D.C. -- Faced with growing questions over the legality and scope of his counterrorism policy from Congress and elsewhere, Pr...

No, Obama Is Not 'Worse Than Bush' on National Security

Bob Cesca | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Kneejerk conflation of Obama and Bush could be the most ridiculous talking point to come out of the mouths of liberals in the post-Bush era. Without the benefit of logic or historical context, it's merely a cheap crowd-pleaser used by anyone seeking the accolades of similarly nearsighted sycophants.

Matt Sledge

Terrorism Agency A Federal 'Pre-Crime' Squad | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics

An obscure counterterrorism agency now has access to an array of data on ordinary Americans so vast and with so few restrictions that critics are like...

Will Obama's Second Term Finally Fulfill His 2008 Promises? (Part II)

Shahid Buttar | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

The first installment in this series reviewed President Eisenhower's prescient warnings about "the military-industrial complex...endanger[ing] our lib...

Will Obama's Second Term Finally Fulfill His 2008 Promises? (Part 1)

Shahid Buttar | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

Will President Obama's legacy include emerging American authoritarianism, or instead the recovery of constitutional freedoms lost over the past decade?

The Big Chill: How Obama Is Operating in Unprecedented Secrecy -- While Attacking the Secret-Tellers

Dan Froomkin | Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics
Dan Froomkin

Far from reversing the Bush-Cheney executive power grab, President Obama is taking it to new extremes. More than a decade after it started, we still have no clue how much the government is listening in on us or reading our email. And the government's response to this unprecedented secrecy is a war on leaks.

Interest Creep, Intervention, and Military Power

D. Robert Worley | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

Do we respond to disruptions around the globe as problems to be solved with the military or as changes to be managed with diplomacy? Perhaps it's time, as a country, that we step back and have that debate, or insist that the presidential candidates have that debate.

Revolutions Are the Norm -- What Will the Candidates Do?

D. Robert Worley | Posted 10.21.2012 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

We should expect to deal with an abundance of instability and we should know where our candidates stand on military intervention.

WATCH: Stewart Jabs Fox News' Hypocritcal Security Leak Coverage

Posted 08.07.2012 | Comedy

There's nothing quite like Jon Stewart taking a hypocritical media figure down a couple of notches, and that's just what he did with Fox News' Judith ...

Dan Froomkin

The Dark Side Of The Obama White House | Dan Froomkin | Posted 07.25.2012 | Politics

The most conspicuous reaction in Washington to a series of astonishing national security revelations, many of which emerged in two new books, has come...

Let's Finally Bury Bin Laden and Al Qaeda Through Our Engagement

Haris Tarin | Posted 07.09.2012 | Politics
Haris Tarin

It is time to address the proverbial elephant in the room. For the past decade, the relationship between Western Muslims -- especially American Muslims -- and their governments have been unable to move past the events of 9/11.

Fewer Swords, Smaller Shields: Defining a New National Security Ethos

William Astore | Posted 07.09.2012 | Politics
William Astore

Given all these swords and all these shields (and all of our frustrating wars and all of the lives spent), the key question of the 2012 presidential election should be: Are we truly more secure now than we were twelve years ago?

National Security Leadership: A Litmus Test

Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld | Posted 05.23.2012 | Politics
Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld

March 19th would mark nine years in Iraq -- had the president not drawn down our forces last year. This non-anniversary deserves a moment to recognize the importance of electing tough and smart civilian leaders.

Obama's War on Journalism

Dan Kennedy | Posted 04.28.2012 | Media
Dan Kennedy

Kudos to David Carr of the New York Times for shining a light on an issue that doesn't attract nearly the attention that it should: the Obama administration's abuse of the Espionage Act, which in turn has led to a virtual war on journalism and free expression.

Dave Jamieson

Top Obama Adviser 'Not Sure' Romney Would Have Decided To Go After Bin Laden | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's top campaign strategist, David Axelrod, said Sunday that he doubts presidential candidate Mitt Romney would hav...

Power Failure: Adelman's Attack on Foreign Assistance

Michael Lieberman | Posted 07.09.2011 | Politics
Michael Lieberman

Perhaps emboldened by his prescience in predicting Iraq as a "cakewalk" or rejecting calls for more troops post-invasion, Ken Adelman recently set his sights on a new target: American "smart power."

Dissecting the Photo of Obama in the Situation Room

Danny Groner | Posted 07.05.2011 | Media
Danny Groner

While some have turned the photo into a meme, others have reflected on its significance, particularly Obama's and Hillary Clinton's expressions.

The Senator and Libya

Don Kraus | Posted 06.01.2011 | World
Don Kraus

The fact that effective international action is not always possible in every instance of major humanitarian catastrophe should never be an excuse for inaction where effective responses are possible.

For Want of a Nail: Foreign Aid Cuts Will Harm U.S. Influence

Michael Lieberman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Lieberman

As our enemies seek to put American influence in a coffin, they won't want for nails -- with Iraq, New START, gays in the military and now proposed foreign assistance cuts, the GOP is blithely handing them out.

Why We Pay Attention to Piracy

Marcia DeSanctis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marcia DeSanctis

There is no government in Somalia to speak of, and the pirates are self-governing anyway. It is dramatic, challenging, surprising and odd place for a test of America's strength in the post-Bush world.

Any Republican Senator Voting for START Should Get a Primary Challenger

Richard Grenell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Grenell

Voting to implement the new START treaty in its current form is not only dangerous for Americans' security but will send a strong signal to President Obama that he can continue to dilute U.S. defense capabilities.

The National Security State Cops a Feel: Taking Off the Gloves (and Then Everything Else)

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Americans have been remarkably quiet when it comes to the national security disasters being perpetuated in their name. We don't tend to connect what we're doing to others abroad and what we're doing to ourselves at home.

A Way Forward for Nuclear Arms Control

Jonathan Pearl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Pearl

Even if New START is ratified before the Democrats' Senate majority significantly shrinks, it will not help advance nonproliferation advocates' long-term goals unless a lost consensus on arms control fundamentals is rebuilt first.

Obama's Mini-Me

Stephen Yates and Christian Whiton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Yates and Christian Whiton

Tom Donilon's appointment to the National Security Advisor post signals that the bad White House instincts, processes and conceit that led to numerous disastrous policies will only be indulged further.

Obama's National Security Carousel: Recurring Miscalculations

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The transition from Jim Jones to Thomas Donilon as National Security Advisor is unlikely to change anything of paramount importance. Donilon is not an ideas man at a time when a fresh strategic perspective is essential for breaking from our self destructive behavior in Afghanistan/Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Palestine and in the pervasive 'war on terror' generally. So long as General David Petraeus is allowed to call the shots with his legend on the line, and other senior administration officials are off on their own ego trips, costly miscalculations, as we've seen of late, will recur.