The vast majority of Americans don’t and will never have a nexus to terrorist activity. They shouldn’t, therefore, have their lives subjected to any monitoring or data collection, no matter how insignificant government actors claim it is.
The attacks in Paris showed that we need a national discussion about proper NSA surveillance policies, but it’s clear this administration will not be the one to start it.
Despite repeated warnings since 2012 from the DIA, CIA, and State Department, and pleas from Iraqi leadership to strike ISIS, President Obama simply refused to act.
The administration’s prescription for “nimble power” to defeat ISIS is code for further disengagement. It won’t help us defeat ISIS.
The brutal fact is that there is only so much domestic security services and police can do when it comes to protecting societies that are open, free, and engaged with the rest of the world.
By talking with Assad and the Saudis, Putin is trying to replace the US as the dominant power in the Middle East. Not only has the Obama/Clinton administration significantly restricted the US defense budget, but its reaction to the Benghazi attack reveals America’s weakness and its flawed worldview on terror.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin surprises President Obama and the US military by launching airstrikes in Syria. Russia claims to be targeting ISIS, but the Pentagon believes they are actually targeting Syrian opposition forces.
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