The War of the Weak

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Despite the media’s spin, the Taliban is losing the fight in Afghanistan.

Yemen launches offensive against al Qaeda – AP

Yemen has launched an offensive against al Qaeda and the U.S. embassy in Sanaa reopened on Tuesday after security forces staged a raid just outside the capital that dealt with an imminent security threat. Yemen has sent thousands of troops to take part in a campaign against al Qaeda in three provinces over the past […]

William McGurn: Obama Puts the Dis in Dissident – WSJ.com

Here’s a timely New Year’s resolution the president might do well to deliver to his National Security Council: “When it comes to nasty regimes that brutalize their people, we will never again forget that the most powerful weapon in a president’s arsenal is a White House photo-op.”The December headlines remind us that we have no […]

Rumble in Iran – by Ryan Mauro

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The Iranian people use a pro-regime holiday to demand democracy.

Frederick W. Kagan and William Kristol: Support the President, Weekly Standard

President Obama has ordered sufficient reinforcements to Afghanistan to execute a war strategy that can succeed. We applaud this decision. And we urge everyone to rally round the effort to defeat our enemies and accomplish objectives vital to America’s national security.Obama’s decision, and the speech in which it was announced, were not flawless. The president […]

Peter Beinart: The Opposite of Rousing – The Daily Beast

The goals were narrow, and delivered without regard to America’s moral obligation to Afghanistan. Peter Beinart on Obama’s missed opportunity.The best that can be said about President Obama’s West Point speech is that it was civil. Obama did not accuse opponents of the Afghan surge of appeasement; he did not imply that he has a […]