Category Archives: National Security

Remembering 2006: When Anti-War Conservatives Endorsed The Election of Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats by Gregory Hilton

The bible of the isolationist and protectionist paleoconservative movement is "The American Conservative" magazine. They frequently champion Ron Paul and the libertarian cause.

For the next month libertarians and paleoconservatives will be fairly quiet. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), the 1988 Libertarian presidential candidate, is keeping a low profile. He does not want to jeopardize the election of his son Rand (R-KY) to the U.S. Senate. The son is also avoiding the national news media and says he is no longer a libertarian. He publicly disagrees with his father on Israel, Afghanistan and defense spending. Continue reading

50 Years Ago Today: The First Kennedy/Nixon Debate

Opening statement of Sen. John F. Kennedy (D-MA):
“In the election of 1860, Abraham Lincoln said the question was whether this nation could exist half-slave or half-free. In the election of 1960, and with the world around us, the question is whether the world will exist half-slave or half-free, whether it will move in the direction of freedom, or whether it will move in the direction of slavery. . . The kind of strength we build in the United States will be the defense of freedom. . . If we fail, then freedom fails. . . . Continue reading

Senate Votes on New START Treaty, McCain and DeMint Lead Opposition by Gregory Hilton

Senators Jim DeMint (R-SC), John McCain (R-AZ) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) are all opposed to the New START Treaty. DeMint is concerned about Russian tactical nuclear weapons, while McCain and Coburn are opposed to restrictions on the development of missile defense systems.

After 26 hearings, briefings and executive sessions, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will finally vote on the New START Treaty at 9:30 am on September 16th. START will be overwhelmingly approved in Committee, and only two lawmakers took an active opposition role during the hearings. On the other hand, only one Republican Senator has so far come out in strong support of START. Continue reading

Obama’s Iraq Speech: Tonight He Claims Credit for Policies He Always Opposed by Gregory Hilton

President Obama will address the nation tonight for only the second time from the Oval Office. The speech will occur just hours after his return from Fort Hood in Texas and it will mark the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the beginning of a new mission entitled Operation New Dawn. The last U.S. combat brigades have already left Iraq and over 90,000 troops have been redeployed. America’s armed forces will now focus on training and support activities, and only 50,000 soldiers remain in Iraq. The President will emphasize that the transition was possible because 640,000 fully trained troops in the Iraq National Army are now ready to assume the security burden. Yesterday the President visited wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Hospital and he is expected to call former President George W. Bush today prior to his national address. Continue reading

Barney Frank and Ron Paul’s Campaign to Cut $1 Trillion From The Pentagon by Gregory Hilton

Representatives Barney Frank (D-MA), Ron Paul (R-TX), and Walter Jones (R-NC), along with Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) are advocating $1 trillion in Pentagon budget reductions.

The House and Senate will go back in session on September 14th, and liberal lawmakers will almost immediately try to start a battle over next year’s defense budget. This is a significant development because the left has been silent about Pentagon spending for so long. During the 1970s and ’80s, cutting the Defense Department budget was a top liberal priority. It was a major theme in the presidential campaigns of Democratic nominees such as Senator George McGovern (1972), Walter Mondale (1984) and Gov. Michael Dukakis (1988). Continue reading

As U.S. Combat Troop Depart: What is the Outlook for Iraq?

The last U.S. combat brigade left late last week, and Operation Iraqi Freedom is being transformed into a support role called Operation New Dawn. The new mission primarily involves training for the Iraq National Army, and America is taking a back seat. However, the war is not over and just last week the Islamic State of Iraq, an al-Qaeda front group, asserted responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed more than 50 Iraqi army applicants. The top U.S. military commander in Iraq, Gen. Ray Odierno, will give up his post next week, and a new U.S. ambassador arrived last week. Now, as the United States formally concludes its combat role on Aug. 31, it is time to ask: What will happen to Iraq? Continue reading

Thank You President Bush, U.S. Combat Operations End in Iraq by Gregory Hilton

On August 31st, U.S. combat operations in Iraq will end and the American military will shift to a transitional support role. The critics said it was not possible, but George W. Bush’s “Status of Forces” and “Strategic Framework” Agreements have now been fully implemented. As promised, 236 U.S. bases have been turned over to Iraq, and while the terrorists remain, they now have to contend with a vigorous, well equipped and well trained Iraq National Army. Continue reading

U.S. Combat Troops are Leaving Iraq, But Will al-Qaeda Return? By Gregory Hilton

U.S. combat operations in Iraq will cease at the end of this month, and the massive exodus of U.S. troops and equipment will continue. Over 90,000 soldiers have already left. Operation Iraqi Freedom will become Operation New Dawn on September 1st, and this will reflect the reduced American role. Continue reading

Key Democrats Starting to Abandon Obama on Afghanistan by Gregory Hilton

President Obama’s Afghanistan troop surge had a 96% support score among Republicans in both the House and Senate, but major Democratic leaders are now pulling back from Operation Enduring Freedom. On ABC’s “This Week” yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was repeatedly asked if the Afghanistan mission “was worth it,” and refused to answer the question. Continue reading

Former CIA Director Hayden: Waterboarding Worked, No Internal Leaks and Media Irresponsible by Gregory Hilton

In an in-depth interview published exclusively today on its website, former CIA Director Michael Hayden (2006 – 2009) made a number of newsworthy observations. Hayden is a retired Air Force four-star general and previously served as Director of the National Security Agency. Continue reading