July 17, 2015
Soft targets

CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem thinks that those of us calling for arming military recruiters are foolish. Stop w/ the "we need to harden soft targets by arming folks." It's dangerous talk. There will always be soft targets. We need to rethink 1/2 — Juliette Kayyem (@juliettekayyem) July 17, 2015 Force protection since military […]

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May 7, 2011
A battle of the wits

Lawrence O'Donnell was unarmed.

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December 22, 2010
What to leak and what not to leak

When Wikileaks revealed thousands of documents relating to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars – and revealed the identities of locals there who had helped us, opening them up to possible retribution from terrorists – the Obama administration was rather mum and the media ran story after story, unconcerned about real about the foreseeable effects of […]

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December 21, 2010
Bastard Duck Congress

Last week the Washington Post had an interesting article last week on the history behind the 20th Amendment. That amendment was designed end so-called lame duck sessions. Legislators and legislatures at the time believed that moving the date for installing a new Congress to early January would mean that defeated incumbents wouldn’t be doing any […]

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November 30, 2010
They don’t call me Mr. Freedom of the Press

I would normally respond to this in the comments, but I think this is a probably a good opportunity to lay out where I stand on freedom of the press vs. national security. First, John’s comment: Thank you Mr. Freedom of the Press. Can we also shut down the NYT website? Not many people are […]

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November 28, 2010
Not in my lifetime

Max Boot comments on the latest Wikileaks document dump over at Commentary Magazine’s “Contentions” blog and questions the American media’s patriotism – specifically The New York Times – when it comes to aiding and abetting serious damage to U.S. national security. There was a time when editors and reporters thought of themselves as citizens first […]

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August 31, 2010
What Obama should say

The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol has some good advice for President Obama on what he should say tonight in his oval office speech on Iraq. And I hope you would also explain that, whatever one's views of the decision to go to war, we now have a moral obligation and strategic opportunity to help a […]

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May 25, 2009
Turning on a dime

I haven't commented on last week's dueling speeches between President Barack Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney. From a purely political standpoint, the fact that Cheney is the one making these sorts of speeches just goes to show you how shallow the GOP bench is on national security issues. As former federal prosecutor Andrew […]

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April 14, 2008
Classified, national security simulation

Kentucky Republican Rep. Geoff Davis needs to think twice about the words he uses. U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, a Hebron Republican, compared Obama and his message for change similar to a "snake oil salesman" [at a Northern Kentucky Lincoln Day dinner]. He said in his remarks at the GOP dinner that he also recently participated […]

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February 19, 2008
We're less safe

Starting in the early morning hours of Sunday, terrorists worldwide could take solace in the fact that U.S. intelligence agencies would have to jump through all sorts of hoops to listen in on their private phone conversations. How did this happen? First a FISA court ruled bizarrely, that terrorists have a right to privacy. Well, […]

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