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You can only imagine how President Obama's speechwriters must have been scrambling to reconcile their boss' expected big pitch on new nuclear-disarmament initiatives and the North Korean nuclear test the day before the State of the Union address.
After Team Obama's horrid handling of the terrible tragedy in Benghazi, does anyone out there really cling to the left's quickly unraveling yarn that this administration has a strong record on foreign policy and national security?
After two-plus weeks of dissembling and obfuscating on the Libya attack, Team Obama finally found a "scapegoat" for its botched initial press rollout of the tragic events at the Benghazi consulate on 9/11/12 -- the U.S. Intelligence Community.
As if the mess in the Middle East and North Africa weren't enough, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrives in Asia this week to confront a region that's fast becoming a powder keg, fueled by power shifts, territorial disputes and lots of bad history.
Asked why he robbed more than 100 banks, the legendary Willie Sutton supposedly replied: "Go where the money is ... and go there often." In the wake of the debt-ceiling deal, the worry now is that Congress and President Obama are going to treat the U.S. defense budget the way Sutton treated banks.
OK, the incredible details of the operation to silence Osama bin Laden are, indeed, irresistible -- but the U.S. government's been saying way too much about them, tipping off al-Qaida and clueing in other bad guys.
Amid the euphoria of Osama bin Laden's well-deserved demise is the gut feeling Pakistan isn't shooting straight with us in the War on Terror almost 10 years after 9/11.
National Security Adviser Tom Donilon this week published an opinion piece on the administration's efforts toward global nuclear disarmament -- a presidential priority.
Pakistani intelligence officials reportedly swept into CIA headquarters this week with a list of grievances about agency operations in the South Asian state -- even threatening to limit prized Predator drone strikes on terrorists in troubled tribal areas.
With the turmoil in North Africa and the Middle East obsessing world leaders and the public, Iran has used the distraction to up its involvement in Afghanistan a notch.
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