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The Islamists Battle Plan

After centuries of warfare in which secrecy and espionage often made the difference between winning and losing, we should be grateful that our current enemy has published–and then repeatedly called attention to–his battle plan. The only problem? Our senior leadership

How Islam Creates Terrorists, and How to Defeat Them

There are three myths about terrorists that must be corrected if we are to battle terrorism effectively, according to Col. Matt Venhaus: that Muslim youth become terrorists for economic reasons; that they become terrorists primarily for religious reasons; and that

On Churchill's Birthday: Why Barack is No Winston

In the midst of WWII and the struggle against the Nazis, Winston Churchill made one of his most famous pronouncements: “You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: victory; victory at all costs, victory in spite

Musharraf: 'Are We to Be Abandoned Again?'

A defiant Pervez Musharraf questioned whether Pakistan will be “abandoned” by the U.S. and insisted his country has made no strategic mistakes in its participation in the war on terror. The former Pakistani president, in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 10

Obama's Foreign Policy: Iran Rising, U.S. Receding

President Obama’s major foreign policy initiatives–the “reset” with Russia, outreach to the Islamic world, and the end of combat operations in Iraq–have accomplished one undeniable achievement: they have brought Russia, Turkey, Iraq and Afghanistan closer to Iran. And just this

How Self-Loathing Became the West's Nazi Inheritance

Though moral relativism in the name of self-critiquing multiculturalism is often defended as a bulwark against Nazi-inspired atrocities, its elements are actually inherited from that which originally spawned Nazism. “Since Hitler was defeated in 1945,” the historian Sean McMeekin writes,

Secrets Found in Palestinian Social Media

In the summer of 2000, analysts and pollsters believed the Palestinian people were ready for peace. Yet Yasser Arafat walked away from the negotiating table at Camp David and two months later the bloodshed of the Second Intifada began. Jonathan

Straight Talk on Properly Funding the Military

Most people don’t think of the U.S. armed forces safeguarding shipping lanes and routes of commerce while they’re shopping at Target. But the Heritage Foundation’s Mackenzie Eaglen says full shelves at the store means the U.S. is securing air, land,

Russia Looks to China as U.S. Leaves Void in Asia

After a clash in the disputed East China Sea last month between China and Japan, China initiated a boycott of Japanese goods and held up exports of material needed by Japanese electronics manufacturers. Weeks later, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev planned

Obama Turns his Back on an Ally in Danger

In December, something unremarkable happened: the home of Bangladeshi pro-democracy dissident Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury was attacked. It was unremarkable because President Obama has removed the security and attendant American trial observers that his predecessor put in place to protect

Defining and Defeating the Global Jihad, Islamism

As Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad (above) was being sentenced to life in prison, he told the judge defiantly: “We do not accept your democracy or your freedom because we already have shariah law and freedom.” This notion of already

Bringing the FARC to the Brink: Colombia's Masterwork

It isn’t often these days that the West or its allies can, after a counterterrorism operation, make a statement like the following: “The symbol of terror in Colombia has been brought down.” Less often is it followed by the stirringly

The Truth about Vietnam: Correcting the Record on Tet

There are many ways to measure victory. By all accounts–battle readiness, casualties, the realization of objectives and/or the thwarting of the enemy’s goals–the Tet Offensive was a success for the U.S.-led allied troops and a crushing defeat for the North

STARTing a fad: Europe Following Obama's Moscow Missile Misstep

While his influence on domestic politics is waning, President Obama’s latest foreign policy blunder–the dangerous new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with Russia–may have opened the floodgates to similar capitulation to Moscow in Europe by putting America’s imprimatur on

The Success of 'Economic Peace' and Arab Rejectionism

Overshadowed by the announcement that Saudi Arabia will purchase a record-setting $60 billion in U.S. arms was news that the Saudis have given about $30 million (practically nothing compared to the defense outlay) so far this year to the Palestinian

A True 'Reset' in Russia, from the Ground Up

One of the most famous words regarding the Obama presidency thus far is “reset”–the administration’s term for a fresh start with Russia’s governing tandem of President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The strategy behind the “reset” has been