Obama’s Failed Terror War

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President Obama had a few good points to make in his valedictory counter-terrorism speech, delivered at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida on Tuesday. This passage, near the end, resonated in…
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The Terror War under Trump

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President Obama refuses to refer to a “global war on terror” as his predecessor did, or to a war on “radical Islam” as his successor does. He has nevertheless presided…
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The Escalation of the Terror War

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What a Ramadan it’s been. Orlando: 49 dead. Istanbul: 44 dead. Dhaka: 22 dead. Baghdad: 220 dead. Various locations around Saudi Arabia: 7 dead. All of these attacks have been…
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The Value of Killing Terrorists

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The death of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor in a U.S. drone strike, has led to premature triumphalism on the part of the administration and to premature defeatism on the…
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In Yemen, Missing the Forest

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Yemen doesn’t get nearly as much attention as other battlefields in the war on terror, but there is an important struggle going on there with some fascinating recent developments. This…
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Winning the Peace in a Terror War

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After the Brussels attack by ISIS, I argued that a fire-and-sword approach to counterinsurgency doesn’t usually work. New York Times correspondent Andrew Kramer begs to differ. He describes Russia’s methods…
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Does America Demonize Iran?

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Moral equivalence is alive and well at Politico. Author and former New York Times journalist Stephen Kinzer, who has gone off the conspiratorial deep-end before on U.S.-Iran relations, has a…
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