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Don't Rescue the Global Jihad

(5) Comments | Posted May 25, 2011 | 4:55 PM

Congress is on the verge of squandering the strategic opportunity presented by bin Laden's death and the Arab Spring. The argument for a global jihad is waning. Yet rather than developing a strategy to hasten its demise, the House of Representatives seems poised to give it renewed life by passing...

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Yes, A Strong and Resilient Nation Can Absorb a Terrorist Attack

(17) Comments | Posted September 22, 2010 | 5:23 PM

Bob Woodward's latest book reportedly quotes President Obama as saying "We can absorb a terrorist attack. We'll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever... we absorbed it and we are stronger." He is absolutely correct and displays great courage in stating...

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Will the Real America Please Stand Up

(4) Comments | Posted September 7, 2010 | 10:34 AM

I have been increasingly concerned over the last few weeks about the anti-Muslim rhetoric that has been spreading across the country, from opposition to mosques in places like Tennessee and California to voices calling September 11 "Burn the Koran Day." It saddens me personally and worries me from a national...

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No More Secrets: Then What?

(47) Comments | Posted June 24, 2010 | 10:55 AM

"In 15 years, there will be no more secrets." I heard this provocative prediction at a conference in 2008. It was posited by the Central Intelligence Agency's Don Burke, who is a leading proponent of the intelligence community's version of Wikipedia and has the official title "Intellipedia Doyen". If...

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Saving the DNI from Extinction

(5) Comments | Posted May 25, 2010 | 10:14 PM

Before any prospective nominee for DNI agrees to take the job, he or she should get a firm commitment from the President to provide the political backing for budget and personnel authority lacking in the legislative charter. The President must also then make that clear to the Secretary of Defense,...

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Don't Let Terrorists Snatch Victory from the Jaws of Defeat

(78) Comments | Posted May 6, 2010 | 5:10 PM

New York City Mayor Bloomberg got it exactly right when he told a group of firefighters that the attempt in Times Square "was an act that was designed to kill innocent civilians and strike fear into the hearts of Americans. And I'm happy to say that it failed on both...

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