Before news outlets in the West continue to highlight Jordan’s strong stand against the Islamic State, or Daesh, they ought to take a closer look at all of its efforts to combat this group. For there is mounting evidence Jordan’s shortsighted strategy to degrade Daesh's influence on aspirant jihadis will ultimately create more problems for the U.S. and our allies — including Jordan itself.
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While television news organizations began hosting debates concerning the (im)prudence of the Obama administration’s response to recent terrorist attacks in France, officials at CIA’s National Counterterrorism Center were asking a rather telling question about America’s counterterrorism posture: How can we boost the public’s interest in terrorism? This, so as to attract the next generation of counterterrorism analysts, while also bolstering support for sound counterterrorism policymaking.
As Fox News Chief Intelligence Correspondent Catherine Herridge recently revealed, evidence of politicization in official accounts of one of the worst terrorist attacks on American citizens in recent years continues to grow. Indeed, according to her reporting, several military officers interviewed by Fox contested claims made by intelligence officials which downplayed the sophistication evident in the mortar attack on the CIA annex in Benghazi.
If you’re wondering how the Obama administration has benefited from interest in the terrorist attack in Benghazi, abuses of power by IRS officials, or a defense contractor turned “transparency activist,” here’s one way: This dizzying array of scandals has provided a smoke screen for the administration’s dialog with a deeply anti-American, anti-Semitic global enterprise whose thought leaders have not only called for attacks on U.S. soldiers in places like Iraq, but more recently called for a jihad on America while urging their followers to overthrow the Mubarak regime in Egypt. Yet history tells us the administration’s pursuits in this vein are virtually destined for failure — while at the same time sure to strengthen the Muslim Brotherhood as it goes about its business of promoting values that are antithetical to America’s in a region which remains vital to our interests.
Hands down, the October 3 presidential debate ended with a “KO” victory for Team Romney. But even after making that splash, Mitt Romney is headed into Monday’s fight with a possible disadvantage. This is the first time in a long time that Democrats are enjoying more confidence in their foreign and defense policy credentials than Republicans. Nevertheless, and despite having less functional experience in this arena than the incumbent, the GOP nominee can easily deliver the Republicans another big win. Here’s a look at how.
“No political pressure was applied to me by anyone at the State Department, the National Security Council, or anyone at the White House,” advised Ambassador Patrick Kennedy, the State Department official responsible for addressing security requests, during the October 10 congressional hearing on choices made about diplomatic security in Libya — choices that ultimately made it easy for terrorists to assassinate a U.S. ambassador on September 11, 2012.