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War on Terrorism

Terrorism As Normal

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

Examining the presidential response to a recently foiled terror attempt, there is a war between the political and the knee-jerk emotion.

Veteran's Day: Share Your Stories And Memories

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Veteran's Day commemorates the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, when an armistice signaling the end of World War I des...

The Obama Holiday from Hell

Mayhill Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mayhill Fowler

When the Obamas departed for their Hawaiian holiday the traveling press was told "not to anticipate any possible announcements or news-making events." Wasn't this just asking for trouble?

New York's Tough Enough for Terrorist Trials

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Winship

Most of us who live not far from Ground Zero, and who were here on 9/11, see New York as an appropriate and just venue, and aren't afraid that the trial will result in terrorist retribution.

American Foreign Policy Council's Ilan Berman Exhorts the West to Find its Backbone

Heather Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Heather Robinson

American leaders have a habit of voicing support for democracy movements and then abandoning their champions, failing to provide them with economic or strategic support.

Ten Unsolved Mysteries In The 'War On Terror' | Jane Mayer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The first year of the Obama Administration is almost over, yet many mysteries surrounding the so-called "dark side" of the "war on terror" remain unso...

Islamist Terrorists Take Page From US Hate Groups' Internet PlayBook

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

Islamist terrorist arrests across this country since last January run the gamut. White and black, young and middle-aged, single and married, homegrown and foreign born, and legal and illegal immigrants.

PolitiFact: Dick Cheney Falsely Says Obama Won't Admit The U.S. Is At War Against Terrorists | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In his latest attack on President Barack Obama, former Vice President Dick Cheney seized on the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound jetliner to sugge...

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's Criminal Trial May Shine Light on Roots of Terrorism

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

The most pragmatic method of determining the guilt or innocence of criminals like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has always been in criminal court. Rush Limbaugh and his ilk are very wrong about this.

The Explosion of the Afghan Insurgency: Utterly Predictable, Yet Hotly Debated

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

Recently leaked intelligence assessments reportedly show that Al-Qaida and the jihadist Taliban groups account for only 10 percent of the insurgents in Afghanistan.

Obama: 'No Intention' To Send U.S. Troops To Yemen, Somalia

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says he has no intention of sending American troops to Yemen or Somalia. Obama told People magazine in an i...

Jason Linkins

GOP Worries That Terror Trials Will Provide Terrorists With "Megaphone" | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

One of the more amusing contentions to be made as a fearmongery talking point on the decision to put Khalid Sheikh Mohammed on trial in a New York Cit...

Another Homegrown Terrorism Case

Lydia Khalil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lydia Khalil

Just because homegrown plots constitute the majority of those uncovered doesn't mean that homegrown terrorism is the greatest threat.

Three Choices in Afghanistan: Counter-Terrorist War, Counter-Insurgency, and Containment

Howard Schweber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Howard Schweber

The problems that McChrystal identified with the present approach are daunting: a corrupt and illegitimate government, insurgents' use of safe havens in Pakistan, and pervasive fear and mistrust of the international forces.

Is the Age of Terror Over?

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gary Hart

By abandoning the "war on terrorism" paradigm, President Obama has helped us understand that acts of terrorism will continue in parts of the world, and that we must continue to make such acts as difficult as possible here in the United States.

US-British Cooperations May Have Caught More Terrorists: Commentary

GlobalPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Three British men connected to Al Qaeda were convicted Monday of masterminding a massive terrorism plot that could have resulted in thousands of death...

Jason Linkins

Remembering Ted Kennedy's Prescient 2002 Speech Against The Iraq War | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

As the press labors today to capture the life and legacy of the late Senator Edward Kennedy, it will be interesting to see if anyone makes mention of ...

Why Trial Date for African Embassy Bombing Suspect Is Good News

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The government will not use any statements made by the suspect in secret prisons, nor will the evidence "be very different" from that used when his alleged co-conspirators were tried by the federal court in 2001.

I'm Upset with Archie Andrews and It's Why Some on the Left are Upset with President Obama

Etan Bednarsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Etan Bednarsh

The reason I care about Archie's upcoming nuptials has to do with why I read the comics in the first place, and that, in turn, explains why some on the left are upset with President Obama.

FBI Terror Watch List Highly Flawed: DOJ

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has improperly kept nearly 24,000 people on a terrorist watch list based on outdated or sometimes irrelevant infor...

"Obama Effect" On Muslim World Falling As Terrorism Rises

Huffington Post | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A new report from the American Security Project, "Are We Winning? Measuring Progress in the War on Terror: An Interim Update", outlines troubling glob...

The Term "Man Caused Disasters" Sounds Weak, but the "War on Terror" Has Always Been Weaker

Yvonne R. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yvonne R. Davis

President Obama knows the United States has been losing these wars and also knows the terrible impact these wars have had on a group of people when they are labeled and targeted.

"Flying While Arab" Continues to Soar

Yvonne R. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yvonne R. Davis

"Miss!" A large man with a crew cut pointed at me and exclaimed, "You have a bomb in your shoe!" This dude was talking to me. I was shocked.

Strange Bedfellows at Guantánamo

Jamil Dakwar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamil Dakwar

I've been observing the military commissions since 2004, and Guantánamo never felt more surreal or otherworldly than it did in what we hope were its ...

Obama May Abandon Bush's "War On Terror" Phrase | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In another effort to undo the legacy of George W. Bush's presidency, the Obama administration is searching for alternatives to the term "war on terror...