Seth Mandel

Articles by Seth Mandel

Congressman Schilling on Afghanistan and the Milestones in Marja

If you want an illustration of successful multinational counterinsurgency and the potential for civilian life in Afghanistan, just look to Marja, says Rep. Bobby Schilling. “Last year, if you were to go there, what would happen is you would be

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

Obama's Settlement Freeze–An Autopsy of a Disastrous Idea

In the Middle East, a former Bush administration official once told me, perception is reality. That is one reason why bad ideas have such staying power–it’s about a narrative, not results. But when those bad ideas finally die, it serves

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

Why We Can't Ignore Burma's Rigged Elections or Abandon Suu Kyi

While President Obama was watching his party lose control of the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s midterm elections, let’s hope he was planning a response to another vote–this coming weekend’s elections in Burma. The Nov. 7 elections will be held

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

Heroes of WWI Deserve More–Starting with a Worthy Memorial

Its heritage may be anonymous graveyards and its bequest may have been the Second World War, but World War I was fought and won no less by American heroes who deserve a bolder remembrance than we have given them. And

Russian Anti-Americanism and Islamic Terrorism in the North Caucasus

When Russian census taker Anastasia Fedotova came to the door of President Dmitry Medvedev, the president noticed the scarf the census takers were given. “What else do they give you,” Medvedev asked. “A flashlight and a whistle,” Fedotova responded. “Why

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