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What We, The United States of America, Want | The Haqqani Network Must Not Be Allowed to Hold U.S. Interests Hostage

by Melissa Skorkavia The Caravan Notebook
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Over the last half-century, the Haqqani network has grown from a relatively small, tribal-based jihadist network into one of the most powerful terrorist syndicates in South Asia. And now, with the return of its Taliban allies to government in Afghanistan, this designated foreign-terrorist organization holds significant political power


It Is A Delusion To Believe The Taliban Rebrand: These Child Abusers Are A Threat To Humanity

by H. R. McMastervia The Times
Monday, September 13, 2021

[Subscription Required] The surrender of Afghanistan to the Taliban is the result of an extreme case of collective amnesia and self-delusion that continues to undermine the international response to the unfolding catastrophe there. Motivated by the desire to justify that surrender and rationalise the humiliating retreat from Kabul, western military and political leaders have forgotten who it was we fought in Afghanistan and Pakistan for two decades.

Caravan Notebook Podcast
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The Syrian Crisis: A Focus on Daraa, ‘Cradle of the Revolution‘

interview with Joel D. Rayburn, Russell A. Bermanvia The Caravan Notebook
Friday, September 10, 2021

A discussion with Col. (Ret.) Joel Rayburn, former US Special Envoy for Syria.

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GoodFellows: Safer But Not Yet Safe

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Condoleezza Ricevia Fellow Talks
Friday, September 10, 2021

The approaching twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the American homeland is a time to remember the fallen and reflect on lessons learned from that terrible day, including America’s readiness for a similar event. Condoleezza Rice, the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution and President George W. Bush’s national security advisor at the time of the attacks, joins Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson and John Cochrane to relive the White House’s response that day and shares her concerns about US national security moving forward.

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Return Of The Taliban: A Conversation With Yalda Hakim, BBC World Service

via Hoover Podcasts
Thursday, September 9, 2021

In this episode of Battlegrounds, H.R. McMaster and Yalda Hakim discuss her film “Return of Taliban” which explores the Taliban of today, what they stand for and what is at stake in the unfolding situation in Afghanistan.

H.R. McMaster in conversation with Yalda Hakim on Thursday, September 9 at 9:00am PT.


Lessons Of Freedom From 20 Years Of War Against Jihadism

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Sunday, September 5, 2021

In mid-August, owing to shoddy planning and execution, the Biden administration’s frenetic troop withdrawal paved the way to the Taliban’s lightning takeover of Afghanistan. The United States left stranded behind enemy lines “at least hundreds of U.S. citizens” and tens of thousands of Afghans who supported American efforts. 

Analysis and Commentary

The Ayaan Hirsi Ali Podcast: William McGurn On The Afghanistan Exit

interview with Ayaan Hirsi Alivia The Ayaan Hirsi Ali Podcast
Thursday, September 2, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Ayaan Hirsi Ali talks with William McGurn about President Biden’s disastrous policy in Afghanistan. They discuss Biden’s speech declaring the end of the war, who really made the decision to leave Afghanistan, and the consequences that the U.S. faces from a botched withdrawal.


Leaving Afghanistan: No Right Way To Do The Wrong Thing

by Joseph Feltervia The Los Angeles Times
Wednesday, September 1, 2021

The haunting image of a desperate Afghan man falling to his death from the fuselage of a departing U.S. C-17 military cargo plane will be forever burned in America’s collective consciousness and symbolic of our ignominious defeat after two decades in Afghanistan.

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The Limits Of Israeli Sea Power And The Threat Of Escalation With Iran

by Samuel Helfontvia The Caravan Notebook
Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Israel is in undergoing a major naval buildup, but it is still unable to address ongoing Iranian threats to its commercial shipping. In the past, Israel’s lack of naval options to solve maritime disputes has led it to launch broader wars, and Jerusalem has threatened to escalate the current conflict. The Biden administration needs to ensure that Israeli-Iranian skirmishes at sea do not balloon into a broader war.


Our Afghan Nightmare: Tanks For Nothing

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, August 29, 2021

Afghanistan has been reinvented as the best-equipped terrorist nation in the world, basking in the prestige of humiliating the world’s superpower.