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Obama's failures tell us what to avoid

Published by: John Bolton

What role should foreign policy play in the 2016 presidential election campaign? With good reason, national-security issues will loom larger than at any point since the 2004 Bush-Kerry election. The international threats now facing America, Barack Obama's studied disinterest in dealing effectively with foreign challenges and adversaries and his pillaging and sacking of U.S. defense budgets have combined to leave the country and its allies in worldwide peril.

The 2014 congressional elections foreshadowed that voters understand better than many political “leaders” that we need greater focus on protecting the United States and advancing its interests internationally. In several campaigns, for example, national-security themes played major roles in Republican victories or helped challengers come far closer than originally anticipated.

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Kerry to Meet Netanyahu as Palestinians Push for UN Resolution

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is due to hold talks Monday in Rome with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the first leg of a trip to assess the current state of Israeli-Palestinian issues.

The meeting comes as Palestinian officials push for a U.N. resolution that would call for an end to Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory within two years. A Jordanian-drafted resolution could be introduced at the U.N. Security Council this week.

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Activists: Al-Qaida Fighters Seize Two Syrian Bases

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

Fighters from the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front and other Islamist groups have seized two strategic army bases in northwestern Syria.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said militants from a group called Jund al-Aqsa helped the Nusra fighters take the Wadi Deif base in Idlib province and the nearby Hamidiyeh base.

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Guantanamo Hearing to Focus on FBI Actions

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

FBI efforts to infiltrate defense teams will top the agenda when a U.S. military court hearing for suspects in the September 11, 2001, attacks starts on Monday, the first such proceeding since a Senate report on CIA torture was released last week.

The two-day pretrial hearing at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will focus on the extent of Federal Bureau of Investigation intrusion into defense teams, according to the docket on a Pentagon website.

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US Congress Passes $1.1 Trillion Budget for 2015

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

The U.S. Congress has given its final approval for a massive $1.1 trillion government spending plan for most of 2015, ending a threat that the federal government could shut down again if the legislation was not passed. 

The measure, approved late Saturday in the Senate by 56-40 vote after a vote Thursday by the House of Representatives, funds the government through the current budget year ending next September.  The bill now heads to the White House where President Barack Obama has said he will sign it into law.

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China: About 300 Citizens Fighting With IS in Iraq, Syria

Published by: American Security Council Foundation ASCF

About 300 Chinese people are fighting alongside the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, a Chinese state-run newspaper said on Monday, a rare tally that is likely to fuel worry in China that militants pose a threat to security.

China has expressed concern about the rise of the Islamic State group in the Middle East, nervous about the effect it could have on its Xinjiang region. But it has also shown no sign of wanting to join U.S. efforts to use military force against the group.

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Still Serving

Published by: Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow

  

“The nation today needs men who think in terms of service to their country and not in terms of their country’s debt to them,” Gen. Omar Bradley observed in 1948. The good news is that some of those who have served our country in uniform are answering our country’s call to serve yet again—in Congress. 

In fact, the number of veterans serving in the Senate will increase when the new Congress is sworn in next month. With a handful of races still pending, “Between 11 and 14 newly-elected veterans will join the 114th House of Representatives, and four will join the Senate,” according to the Veterans Campaign, a non-partisan nonprofit that trains veterans interested in running for public office.

 

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