Terrorism

Ed Hancox

Soon after President Barack Obama announced the death of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden late Sunday night, a crowd began to gather outside of the White House. At first it was small group of a few dozen people, perhaps the amount you would expect on the streets of Washington DC at midnight on a Sunday. But soon their numbers swelled into the thousands, united in a joyous celebration that the symbol of evil that had haunted the American psyche for a decade was no more.

Michael J. Jordan

I woke up yesterday to the news that Osama Bin Laden had finally been tracked and assassinated. My initial reaction: “Wow.

Ed Hancox

If you need proof of how truly confusing the situation is in Libya, look no further than last Saturday's coverage of the conflict on CNN where one of their reporters, Reza Sayah presented the story of a Benghazi man identified as Al Mehdi Zeu who died fighting against the troops of Moammar Gadhafi.

World Policy Journal

by Frank Spring. Originally published by our partner site, World Policy Blog.

Ed Hancox

There was an announcement quietly made in mid-December that could finally be the game-changer needed to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan.  The announcement wasn't made by Barack Obama or General David Petraeus and didn't involve sending more troops into the battlefield; rather it was made by a bank and involved a pipeline.

Anam Khan

In September, northwest Pakistan was devastated by heavy floods. Millions of people fled submerged villages in desperation. Militants based in the region were quick to respond with food, medical aid, and shelter. The overshadowing of the government's own response efforts to the disaster has serious implications, says Anam Khan.

Corinne Goldenberg

The date was 7/7/05.  For George Psaradakis, bus driver for the number 30 bus through London, the day had seemed quite normal. Better than normal, in fact—pleasant. London had just won the bid for the 2012 Olympics, and what’s more, Psaradakis had plans to enjoy a long weekend with his family. Then something went terribly wrong.

Lisa Allen

For the first time, the American National Security Strategy will focus on homegrown extremists "radicalized" on American soil. The focus represents a key plank of the country's global security policy. The White House would do well, then, to read Ed Husain's The Islamist, a memoir of a London Muslim who nearly became "radicalized," only to see the error of his ways. Lisa Allen reviews this timely portrait.

Ed Hancox

Terror returned to Moscow last Monday morning when a pair of female suicide bombers blew themselves up in the city’s subway system (the second busiest in the world) during the morning rush, killing 40 people and wounding 90 others.  The cable news channels in the United States began coverage of the attacks soon after they occurred and almost immediately began pointing to “Chechen separatists” as the likely culprits - which would have been a fine assumption to make, say ten years ago.Suicide bombi

Ed Hancox

One of the key initiatives that President Obama announced during the State of the Union address was a freeze on federal spending increases, and one key area of spending he made a point of exempting was the defense budget.   That reminded me of this essay on US military spending by the Cato Institute’s Doug Bandow.  He does a fine job of listing the threats the United States faces in the world and our analyzing our ability to meet them, but one statistic jumped out at me: for 2010 the Pentagon budget will

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