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Analysis and Commentary

President Trump Goes To War: Afghanistan Redux

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Thursday, August 24, 2017

In his maiden foreign policy speech of August 21, 2017, President Donald Trump sketched out his plan for “winning” the war in Afghanistan.  Trump also warned Pakistan that if it did not stop harboring terrorists, he would cut off several hundred million dollars in aid and attack Taliban sanctuaries inside Pakistan.  His plan marks a continuation of the war as fought under presidents Bush and Obama, but with changes in the rules of military activity favoring U.S. forces.

Analysis and Commentary

Trump Preps Afghan War For Sale To India

by Markos Kounalakisvia Herald Sun (NC)
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Fighting his instincts, reneging on campaign promises, and disregarding his anti-globalist advisers, President Trump told America he changed his mind about Afghanistan. It is the kind of reversal he hates because it dilutes his brash brand.


Why Is the Southern Poverty Law Center Targeting Liberals?

by Ayaan Hirsi Alivia The New York Times
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Since the violence in Charlottesville 10 days ago, when white supremacists left one young woman dead and 19 others injured, the Southern Poverty Law Center has hit the jackpot. The Alabama-based nonprofit is set to receive millions of dollars in donations from some of the nation’s deepest of pockets. Apple pledged $1 million. JP Morgan Chase & Co.: half a million. George and Amal Clooney even got in on the action, promising to donate another $1 million.

President Trump's Tragic Sunk Cost Fallacy

by David R. Henderson
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

In his recent speech in which he threw out his earlier idea of ending the war in Afghanistan, President Donald Trump stated: First, our nation must seek an honorable and enduring outcome worthy of the tremendous sacrifices that have been made, especially the sacrifices of lives.

In the News

West Wing Reads For August 22, 2017

quoting Kori Schakevia White House
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Each day we round up the best stories the West Wing is reading and share them with you.

In the News

Trump Makes The Right Decision On Afghanistan... And Pakistan

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia PJ Media
Monday, August 21, 2017

Immediately after Donald Trump's Afghanistan speech, Lindsey Graham -- not always the president's biggest fan -- praised the address and noted Trump was smart to leave the actual direction of day-to-day conduct of warfare to those trained to do it: the generals. He contrasted Donald with Obama, whom Graham called a "bad general."


Activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali Says US Has Its Head In The Sand When It Comes To ISIS

interview with Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Fox
Sunday, August 20, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Ayaan Hirsi Ali wants the United States to do more to fight radical Islam. Ali says, “Radical Islamists in the United States are taking advantage of the freedoms we have and the free institutions to isolate Muslim Americans and inculcate into their heads to reject American values and promoting this idea of hatred. Unless we understand that, we won’t be able eradicate the idea of ISIS anywhere.”


Jamil Jaffer: Should Trump Put More Troops In Afghanistan?

interview with Jamil Jaffervia Fox
Friday, August 18, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Jamil Jaffer discusses how President Trump should handle the conflict in Afghanistan.

In the News

Former Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali Slams The Burqa Following Pauline Hanson's Senate Stunt

featuring Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Daily Mail (UK)
Friday, August 18, 2017

Author, ex-politician and feminist critic of Islam Ayaan Hirsi Ali has waded into the burqa debate sparked by Pauline Hanson's Senate stunt.

In the News

What The Syrian Regime's Assault On ISIS Means For The Region

quoting Fabrice Balanche via Jerusalem Post
Saturday, August 19, 2017

As the Syrian regime attacks ISIS near Damascus and US-led coalition forces close in on Raqqa, the region's power dynamics are changing.