For Everyone Who Doubts the Threat Hamas Poses to Israel . . .

Be sure to read this article about the tunnels dug by Hamas to allow terrorists to launch surprise attacks on Israelis and kill or kidnap scores of them. The following excerpt provides a good summary of the story, but do read the whole thing: While Israel, a nuclear power, takes pride in having fielded one of …

Are We Finally Going to Close Guantanamo?

Well . . . maybe, if certain noises from the Obama administration are to be believed. But Benjamin Wittes is rightly skeptical: Let me be blunt about this: I will believe this the day it happens, and not a moment before. If Obama were serious about using the power of his office to close Guantanamo, …

An Intelligence Failure of Alarming Proportions

How bad were we at assessing the threat posed by ISIL? This bad: By late last year, classified American intelligence reports painted an increasingly ominous picture of a growing threat from Sunni extremists in Syria, according to senior intelligence and military officials. Just as worrisome, they said, were reports of deteriorating readiness and morale among …

Our Astonishingly Incoherent Anti-ISIL Policy

So, notwithstanding the Obamaesque promises of 2008--and after--we are at war again in Iraq. And if that isn't enough, we are also at war in Syria. Here is the stated reason for our intervention: The U.S. launched eight airstrikes Monday night against a little-known, al-Qaida-affiliated militant group in Syria. The United States Central Command said Tuesday morning …

The Biden Follies Continue

At best, the vice president of the United States is cleverly lulling his opponents into a state of complacency before dazzling them--and the rest of us--with wit, intelligence, adroitness and cunning we never thought he had in him. Or, you know, he could just be a bumbler of gargantuan proportions: Vice President Biden just capped off …

Inconvenient Former Defense Secretaries

Robert Gates has already spoken out against the Obama administration's policy on combating ISIL, but you would expect those kinds of partisan potshots from a Republican, wouldn't you? I mean, it's not like any Democratic national security grandee would criticize the president's approach, right? Right? Oh: Two defense secretaries who previously served under President Obama are …

Can We Please Have a Reality-Based President?

Barack Obama continues to pretend that there isn't a sand castle's chance in an earthquake that we will need ground troops in Iraq: President Obama doubled down Wednesday on an increasingly questioned pledge: There will be no U.S. ground combat troops back in Iraq. "I will not commit you, and the rest of our armed forces, …

In Which I Have a Very Bad Feeling about Our Newest Intervention in Iraq

Back when George W. Bush was president and launched the war against Iraq, he got accused by everyone under the sun of having failed to listen to the advice of his generals. Implicit in the criticisms, of course, was the suggestion that after the Bushian Era of Darkness, no Democratic president--and especially no president who …