Archive for the 'National Security' Category

A Closer Look At Times Square Bomb, Motives & Threat

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in National Security, New York, Terrorism

A group associated with the Taliban in Pakistan is claiming responsibility, but that’s already pretty much been debunked since a) the bomb sucked and b) the same group claimed responsibility for other situations that they weren’t involved with. And then there’s the South Park/Viacom story, which seems very thin at this point. All we do […]

May 2nd, 2010 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Let’s Stop Apologizing for Music Torture at Gitmo

By Darren Garnick | Related entries in Guantanamo Bay, Kitchen Sink, Music, National Security, News, Torture

So, a pretentious group of musicians is upset that their music is being used to torment America’s most dangerous enemies? And now they want the U.S. government to release an official song list? I can’t imagine that such a document actually exists. Are we supposed to believe that CIA and Pentagon interrogators around the world […]

October 28th, 2009 | Permalink| 17 Comments »

Obama’s And Cheney’s National Security Speeches

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Cheney, National Security, Obama, Terrorism, Video

It was must see TV yesterday, but I’m just getting around to it now. Ultimately, I think this did little to change any minds, but it did position Obama more firmly in the center of this issue and made Cheney seem further off to the right since he offered nothing new except justifications. Because he […]

May 22nd, 2009 | Permalink| 5 Comments »

Iran Tests New Missile

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Foreign Policy, Iran, National Security

Looks like Iran decided to remind us why we don’t want that nation getting nuclear weaponry: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran test-fired a new advanced missile Wednesday with a range of about 1,200 miles, far enough to strike Israel, southeastern Europe and U.S. bases in the Middle East. Experts believe Iran is still six to […]

May 20th, 2009 | Permalink| 10 Comments »

Obama Hasn’t Deviated Much From Bush National Security Policies

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Bush, National Security, Terrorism

So, Dick Cheney has been going around telling everyone that President Obama is making us less safe by daring to change some of the Bush era national security policies. But Jack Goldsmith at The New Republic says Cheney’s criticisms don’t hold up. Obama has actually changed very little outside rhetoric and packaging. Goldsmith details eleven […]

May 19th, 2009 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

Blaming National Security Conservatives for Republican Problems

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Conservatism, Foreign Policy, National Security, News, Republicans

Usually, when people debate why the conservative movement has hit hard times, they argue about whether Republicans are fiscally conservative enough or whether they are too focused on social issues. Rarely does the third tent pole of modern conservativism get mentioned: the national security conservatives. But that’s the exact group to blame argues Daniel Larison […]

May 15th, 2009 | Permalink| 7 Comments »

Egyptians to Israel: 30 years without bloodshed is SO overrated!

By Darren Garnick | Related entries in Foreign Policy, Israel, National Security, News

(Egypt’s 1973 October War Panorama Museum — NY Times photo) One of my biggest regrets during my post-college backpacking jaunt through Cairo was that the October 1973 War Panorama Museum was closed. Like a kid stretching his neck over the fence at a shut-down amusement park, I stared through the iron grates at a sculpture […]

April 10th, 2009 | Permalink| 3 Comments »

General Jones takes charge

By John Burke | Related entries in Jim Jones, National Security, Obama

Jim Jones in his Marine Corps days General Jones is in charge.  At least he thinks so, which probably means that’s the way President Obama wants it. That’s my reading of this story in today’s Washington Post: President Obama plans to order a sweeping overhaul of the National Security Council, expanding its membership and increasing […]

February 8th, 2009 | Permalink| No Comments »