Obama Foreign Policy

Good news: ISIS is losing territory and revenue

Featured image We have been critical of President Obama’s campaign against ISIS, and we will continue to be. The air campaign against the terrorist state should have been far more vigorous from the outset and we should have more boots on the ground. In fairness, though, there are indications that ISIS is finally being pegged back. ISIS has lost a significant amount of territory. In Iraq, according to the Washington Post, up »

ISIS and al Qaeda — same sport, same level, different strategies

Featured image President Obama famously characterized ISIS as al Qaeda’s jayvee. This bit of idiocy will long be remembered, to the detriment of Obama’s legacy. But how should we compare ISIS and al Qaeda? A year ago, if I recall correctly, conventional wisdom had it that ISIS was preoccupied with securing and expanding its regional caliphate (sort of like Stalin’s “socialism in one country”), whereas al Qaeda was more internationally focused (Trotsky »

Save the planet…from Barack Obama

Featured image Watching Barack Obama in action at the Paris conference on the phenomenon formerly known as global warming, I have a thought about saving the planet. The planet must be saved from Barack Obama. The man has done enormous damage. We will be living with the consequences for a long time. Living, if we are lucky and if the next president undoes some of the damage he has done. The man »

With friends like Obama. . .

Featured image President Obama has steadfastly refused to provide weapons to Ukraine with which that beleaguered nation might defend itself from Russian aggression. Heaven forbid that a weapon from the U.S. might be used to kill a Russian invader or even a Ukrainian fighter aligned with Russia. What would Putin say? In lieu of weapons, the U.S. has supplied Ukraine with certain non-lethal equipment. But according to the Washington Post some of »

What manner of deal is this?

Featured image Rep. Mike Pompeo has elicited the letter below from the Department of State explaining the nature of the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran. What manner of deal is this? According to Assistant Secretary of State Julia (“If that really is your name”) Frifield, the deal is not a treaty. The deal is not an executive agreement. The deal is not even a document signed to represent the »

More “Legitimate” Terror?

Featured image In Israel today, five people were murdered and more wounded in two separate terrorist attacks. In southern Tel Aviv, an Arab terrorist murdered two Jews at prayer and wounded a third. In Gush Etzion region, just south of Jerusalem, terrorists shot three people fatally and wounded seven more. Several of the victims, including one of the dead, are reported to be Americans. This is, of course, the same Islamic terrorism »

Under Obama, America is France’s jayvee

Featured image The Obama administration likes to boast about the thousands of sorties our Air Force has undertaken against ISIS in the past year-plus. But according to this report, if one takes into account the fact that only approximately 25 percent of our sorties result in the dropping of bombs, it turns out that we are striking ISIS from the air only around 11 times per day. This pales in comparison not »

John Kerry on Legitimate Terrorism [Updated With Video]

Featured image This morning, addressing the staff and families of the U.S. Embassy in Paris, John Kerry made the following unscripted comments: But nevertheless, we are deeply appreciative for your commitment to helping us to help people to share the values and the interests that we are all working to protect. In the last days, obviously, that has been particularly put to the test. There’s something different about what happened from Charlie »

Refugee Debate May Blow Immigration Issue Sky-High

Featured image The Obama administration wants to admit 100,000 Syrian refugees by 2017. News that one of the Paris terrorists was a Syrian refugee who entered Europe through Greece has led at least 23 governors, mostly Republicans, to move to keep Syrian refugees out of their states. GOP presidential candidates have also weighed in, opposing Obama’s plan. The president got on his high horse today, denouncing as “shameful” and “not American” the »

How Obama Has Tied Our Hands In the Fight Against ISIS

Featured image Byron York, with help from senior military officers with intimate knowledge of our bombing campaign against ISIS, explains how President Obama has made it impossible to wage war successfully: [T]he Pentagon announced Monday that American warplanes had struck a group of Islamic State trucks involved in the oil-smuggling business that brings the terrorist organization hundreds of millions of dollars a year. The strike, near Abu Kamal, in Syria, destroyed 116 »

Contain this (2)

Featured image Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes made the rounds on the Sunday morning gabfests yesterday. The burden of Rhodes’s comments as he made the rounds was to explicate Obama’s declaration on Thursday that ISIS had been “contained” just before ISIS demonstrated its reach with the massacres it committed in Paris on Friday. Rhodes danced as fast as he can to explain that Obama didn’t mean that ISIS was “contained.” And »

Obama’s State Department Struggles to Explain Position On Israeli Labeling

Featured image The European Union has issued guidelines requiring products of “settlements” on the West Bank to be so labeled, presumably so that European consumers can avoid them: The labeling rules apply to fresh fruit and vegetables, wine, honey, olive oil, eggs, poultry, organic products and cosmetics coming from Israeli-owned businesses and farms outside the state’s original borders. Rather than “product of Israel,” these goods must be labeled with the term “settlement,” »

Contain this

Featured image It usually takes more than a day or two for reality to betray Obama’s deep thoughts on our Islamist enemies and others, but it always does. Oh, wait. Our Islamist enemies — they’re not Islamic. And when the bill comes due for Obama’s unreciprocated tokens of love for the Islamic Republic of Iran (not Islamic either, right?), it’s going to be a doozy. At NR, Victor Davis Hanson captured Obama’s »

The Iran deal for dummies

Featured image MEMRI’s Yigal Carmon has what he calls a Daily Brief summarizing leading aspect of the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action among Iran, the United States and others regarding Iran’s nuclear program. It is a most peculiar deal. Carmon calls his summary “The emperor has no clothes.” John wrote about it here. Carmon’s exposition opens with these observations (footnotes omitted): What is mistakenly perceived as an agreement under the title of »

Inside the fraying US-Israel ties

Featured image On October 23 the Wall Street Journal published the page-one story by Adam Entous on the United States’ intelligence activities directed against Israel. Given the headline “Spy vs. spy: Inside the fraying U.S.-Israel ties” (accessible here via Google), the story was full of revelations including measures taken by the United States to deter Israeli military action against Iran. Entous works the national security beat at the Journal, and his story »

Is Iran Already Violating the Nuclear Deal?

Featured image Yigal Carmon, the president and founder of the Middle East Media Research Institute, is a former Israeli civil servant, a counterterrorism adviser to prime ministers Yitzhak Shamir and Yitzhak Rabin, and a participant in Israel’s peace negotiations with Syria in the early 1990s. He is, to the best of my knowledge, a reliable observer of Middle Eastern events. At MEMRI, Carmon makes two points. First, Iran has not actually ratified »

The Bear Pokes the Unbearable Obama

Featured image A totally unsurprising news item from Reuters this morning: U.S. Navy scrambled jets as Russian warplanes approached carrier WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier scrambled four fighter jets to intercept approaching Russian warplanes as it carried out a military exercise on Tuesday in the Sea of Japan, U.S. military officials said on Thursday. The two Russian TU-145 “Bear” jets came as close as a nautical mile from the »