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Obama And Iran: A Misguided Messianic Mission

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Monday, August 22, 2016

On August 3, Wall Street Journal reporters Jay Solomon and Carol E. Lee broke a story suggesting that contrary to longstanding U.S. policy, the Obama administration paid the Islamic Republic of Iran a ransom for the return of Americans held captive.

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Changes Of Command

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Military History in the News
Monday, August 22, 2016

The Iraqi Army, Kurdish Peshmerga, and perhaps a few Shi’ite militias are preparing for the largest battle in the war against the Islamic State: the seizure of Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq. They will be supported in this difficult endeavor by a U.S.-led coalition featuring combat advisers and a lethal mix of manned and unmanned aircraft ready to launch salvos of precision guided munitions onto the enemy below.

Analysis and Commentary

Danish Cops And A Different Approach To Youth Radicalization

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

I got behind on my podcast listening and managed not to listen to this month-old episode of Invisibilia until this morning. It's worth Lawfare reader attention—or, at least, the first half of it is. (The second half deals with online dating.)

Analysis and Commentary

A Big Guantanamo Transfer: Progress Towards The Site's Obsolescence

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Pentagon announced yesterday the transfer of 15 Guantanamo detainees to the United Arab Emirates.

In the News

Obama’s Worst Mistake

quoting Kori Schakevia The New York Times
Thursday, August 11, 2016

A crazed gunman’s attack on an Orlando club in June, killing 49 people, resulted in blanket news coverage and national trauma.

General Jack Keane briefly describes the history and rise of ISIS
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A Plan To Defeat ISIS

interview with Retired General Jack Keanevia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, August 11, 2016

General Jack Keane discusses the threat of ISIS and how the United States should respond.

Analysis and Commentary

Twitter Wins A Round On ISIS Immunity

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Twitter won a first round yesterday on the question of whether CDA § 230 immunizes the company against civil lawsuits over its provision of service to terrorist groups.

Analysis and Commentary

Trump Takes On Somali Immigration

by Jeremy Carlvia National Review
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Scott Johnson wrote a great piece at Power Line earlier this week, referencing the Trump campaign’s raising the issue of mass Somali immigration to the U.S. and Trump’s linking this issue to that of the numerous young Somali-Americans who have attempted and/or succeeded in joining terrorist groups, including ISIS, abroad. 

Related Commentary

Terrorism From Within

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Strategika
Monday, August 15, 2016

On September 11, 2001, specifically the moment passengers on UA93 learned that three other hijacked liners had been crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the U.S. forever ceased to be vulnerable to such hijackings. Never again would passengers follow the FAA’s regulation not to interfere with hijackers. Not ISIS or anyone else can change that.

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Terrorism At Home And Abroad

by Williamson Murrayvia Strategika
Monday, August 15, 2016

Despite the enthusiasm of those media purveyors of horror stories about potential terrorist threats that could match the events of 9/11, it is unlikely, at least for the short term, that ISIS is capable of matching al-Qaeda’s bloody success. That said, there are innumerable ways in which its leaders will attempt to create mayhem, disorder, and paranoia in the developed world and the United States in particular.