The War on Terror

We are engaged in a hard struggle against a cruel and determined adversary. Our enemies have made clear the danger they pose to our security and to the very essence of our culture ...liberty. Only the most deluded of us could doubt the necessity of this war. Like all wars, this one will have its ups and downs. But we must fight. We must.

– Senator John McCain, 2004

 

 

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Last week marked the sixth anniversary of the Syrian conflict. What began in March 2011 as a peaceful popular uprising against Bashar al-Assad has become a war of torture chambers, mass murder, open chemical warfare, and indiscriminate bombing. Assad’s war against his own people is not just a moral atrocity, but also a strategic catastrophe for the United States. While ISIS has suffered major...
On the highly peculiar relationship between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, a conventional wisdom appears to have taken hold: however friendly the two presidents appear towards one another now, their strong personalities are a recipe for geopolitical conflict down the road. Trump and Putin may have exchanged warm praise, but once they start interacting with one another as leaders, this thinking...
The Trump administration’s new budget outline calls for a 28% cut in funding for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Defenders of USAID insist that foreign aid is vital to advancing U.S. interests. They’re right—but there’s also plenty of waste.On its website, USAID explains that the “Purple My School” program, a joint venture with the United Nations, “...
March 20, 2017 | American Leadership | Mark Moyar
When Angela Merkel meets with Donald Trump on Friday, she won’t just be representing Germany. She’ll be bringing all the hopes and anxieties of an anxious continent—one whose fears have been stoked by the fervor sweeping from Amsterdam to Rome, Paris to Berlin. It’s no exaggeration to say that this meeting between Trump and Merkel could set the tone for the very future of the Western Alliance.For...
This week, the White House released President Trump’s first budget proposal, which calls for a 28 percent or $17.3 billion dollar cut to the budget for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told MSNBC, “Make no mistake about it, this is a hard power, not a soft power budget.” However, since the cuts were first suggested in late...
March 17, 2017 | American Leadership
By FPI Board Member Eric Edelman and Whitney McNamaraThe decade and a half the United States has spent fighting the “long war” in the Middle East has yielded many tactical successes but left a lasting victory elusive. The inconclusive nature of these struggles has sapped support for the U.S. policy of shouldering the burden of providing security and stability in the region. Although many believed...
March 15, 2017 |

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