Tag: National Security

SOTU FACT: President Obama’s Policies Have Made Iraq Worse and Americans Less Safe

January 20, 2015

CLAIM: "Instead of sending large ground forces overseas, we’re partnering with nations from South Asia to North Africa to deny safe haven to terrorists who threaten America. In Iraq and Syria, American leadership – including our military power – is stopping ISIL’s advance. Instead of getting dragged into another ground war in the Middle East, we are leading a broad coalition, including Arab nations, to degrade and ultimately destroy this terrorist group." (President Obama, State of the Union Address, January 20, 2015) Read More

SOTU FACT: President Obama Preparing to Repeat His Iraq Mistake in Afghanistan

January 20, 2015

CLAIM: "Tonight, for the first time since 9/11, our combat mission in Afghanistan is over. Six years ago, nearly 180,000 American troops served in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Today, fewer than 15,000 remain. ... Instead of Americans patrolling the valleys of Afghanistan, we’ve trained their security forces, who’ve now taken the lead, and we’ve honored our troops’ sacrifice by supporting that country’s first democratic transition." (President Obama, State of the Union Address, January 20, 2015) Read More

House Condemns Paris Attacks

January 20, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement after the House passed H.Res. 37, a resolution condemning the recent terrorist attacks in France: Read More

Will President Obama Repeat His Iraq Mistakes in Afghanistan?

December 30, 2014

“In a large swath of the Taliban heartland in southern Afghanistan, government centers are facing a long-dormant concern this winter: Four years after the American troop surge helped make such places relatively secure, they are back under threat from the insurgents.” So read a dispatch in The New York Times just three days before Christmas and little more than a week after two U.S. Read More

Democrats Criticize President Obama’s Strategy-Free Foreign Policy

September 02, 2014

Top Democrats described President Obama's approach as “too cautious,” implied that it projects “weakness,” and called for the U.S. to be “more forceful” in the face of clear threats to the interests of the United States and our allies. Read More

A Press Conference Heard Round the World

August 29, 2014

“We don't have a strategy yet,” President Obama conceded yesterday, referring to his approach – or lack of one, rather – to confronting and defeating the terrorist threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Read More

President Obama’s Strategy in Iraq “Lacking,” “Still a Work in Progress”

August 18, 2014

The president and his advisors met today to discuss Iraq but there’s no evidence the administration plans to outline anytime soon a comprehensive strategy to reverse the spread of terrorism in the region. Read More

3 Times the Obama Administration Got Iraq Completely Wrong

August 13, 2014

The Obama administration’s detachment, aloofness, and lousy judgment has been a team effort. Read More

What is President Obama’s Iraq Strategy?

August 11, 2014

The Obama administration’s lack of engagement over the last few years created an opening for Islamic radicals to take control of large swaths of Iraq. Read More

Deal With Terrorists Increases Danger for American Troops

June 09, 2014

Thousands of American troops are still serving in Afghanistan, working to see the mission through before being reunited with their families. Increasing the danger they face every day is exactly what those who voiced concerns about a potential deal wanted to avoid. Read More