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Graffiti depicts Muammar Gaddafi's demise in Libya
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Step Away, Do Nothing, Pat Self on Back

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Let's get this straight: The Western governments that overthrew Muammar al-Qaddafi but declined to disarm the militia that would predictably wreak havoc in Libya are now condemning the efforts of allied regional governments intervening to stanch the rise of Islamists who are dictating political outcomes contrary to election results.

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Google's Eric Schmidt tells Stanford gathering that the key to cybersecurity is better encryption

featuring Condoleezza Rice, Amy Zegartvia Stanford News
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

In the early years of communicating by computer, nobody worried about electronic interlopers sniffing through private files, Google chief executive officer Eric Schmidt told a gathering of key congressional staffers on the Stanford campus.


Michael McFaul on the Hays Advantage (27:05)

interview with Michael McFaulvia Bloomberg
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Senior Fellow Michael McFaul discusses current events in Russia and Ukraine on the Hays Advantage.

Kiev, Ukraine
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Helping Ukraine Is a U.S. Imperative

by William J. Perry, George P. Shultzvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Israel and Palestine exchange bombs and rockets for weeks on end, with yet another cease fire announced on Tuesday. A civil war is under way in Iraq; and a Russian military convoy violates the territorial integrity of Ukraine. These events demand a strategic approach on the part of the United States in which we maintain an ability to defend our interests in many places at once.

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If You Want To Stop ISIS, Here Is What It Will Take

by Angelo M. Codevillavia The Federalist
Monday, August 25, 2014

The Islamic State’ video-dissemination of one of its goons beheading an American is an existential challenge from which we cannot afford to shrink. Until the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS) did that, it made sense for the U.S. government to help contain it because the Islamic world, which the IS threatens most directly, must destroy it sooner or later.

The holy Koran
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Nothing To Do With Islam, Part 2

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Monday, August 25, 2014

In his comments on the jihad being waged by the Islamic State in northern Iraq (ISIL), President Obama recycled yet again the shopworn false knowledge about Islam that continues to compromise our response to Muslim violence.

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Time For A Woman To Run The Pentagon

quoting Kori Schakevia Wall Street Journal
Friday, August 22, 2014

Many think that Hillary Clinton's new memoir—and her remarks distancing herself from some Obama administration policies—mark the start of her 2016 presidential campaign. That raises an interesting question: Will we have our first female commander in chief before we have our first female secretary of defense?

Moscow, Russia
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Michael McFaul Dissects US-Russian Relations

featuring Michael McFaulvia Aspen Ideas Festival
Friday, August 22, 2014

Former US Ambassador to the Russian Federation Michael McFaul addressed diplomatic concerns between Russia and the US during the second half of the Aspen Ideas Festival. During the discussion, McFaul conveyed what factors he thought contributed to the nations’ tense relationship.

AndreyKrav, iStock Editorial

Paul Gregory on The Jim Bohannon Show

interview with Paul R. Gregoryvia Jim Bohannon Show
Friday, August 22, 2014

Research Fellow Paul Gregory discusses current events in Ukraine on The Jim Bohannon Show.

Barack Obama

Why the President Should Seek Congressional Authorization for the Use of Force Against The Islamic State [UPDATE on War Powers Resolution]

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Friday, August 22, 2014

A few days ago I discussed why President Obama is shying away from seeking congressional authorization to use force against The Islamic State (IS, or ISIS, or ISIL).  But as the aims and scope of U.S. military involvement against IS expand on a daily basis, the case for the President getting Congress formally on board continues to grow.  That case, as I see it, is as follows.


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