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Obama’s Bergdahl Defeat.

Wow. Charles Krauthammer sums up the Bergdahl prisoner swap perfectly. He’s right, complaints about negotiating with terrorists are non-starters and off the mark from the get go, while accusations that the president broke law are ridiculous assuming you’ve ever read Article II — he’s the president, commander-in-chief, and gets a wide latitude of control regarding […]

CIA refutes Senate on enhanced interrogation.

Washington Post: The CIA has completed a report that challenges the findings of a Senate investigation of the agency’s interrogation program, according to U.S. officials who said the response cites errors in the congressional probe and disputes its central conclusion that harsh methods used against al-Qaeda detainees failed to produce significant results. The classified CIA […]

Benghazi questions remain, yet information was learned.

When it comes to Benghazi the Democrats and — far more shamefully — the mainstream media stick to two main retorts, writes Guy Benson from TownHall. “That no major questions remain regarding the 9/11 terrorist assault on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya  — and second, that no new information emerged from the whistle-blowers’ hours-long testimony.  […]

On Gitmo, Obama has two faces.

“The idea that we would still maintain forever a group of individuals who have not been tried, that is contrary to who we are. It is contrary to our interests and it needs to stop,” responded President Obama earlier this week to questions regarding terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. To whom exactly is our […]

WH: Actually, drones strikes are legal and effective counterterrorism policy!

Remember the tried and true age-old adage: When Republican presidents use drones to kill terrorists they’re “shredding the constitution,” but when Democrat presidents do the same it’s “legal,” “ethical,” and “wise.” A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior […]

CIA vet on Zero Dark Thirty.

Great commentary. Read it all. Jose A. Rodriguez Jr. is a 31-year veteran of the CIA. He is the author of “Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives,” written with former CIA spokesman Bill Harlow, who also contributed to this essay. It is an odd experience to enter a darkened room […]

Bush secret prisons bad, Obama secret prisons okay.

Marc Thiessen has a list of great questions regarding the Washington Post story about secret CIA prisons. Here’s one: 1. The Obama administration has been openly critical of the Bush administration for its “secret detention” of captured terrorists. Now it turns out the Obama administration been conducting the “secret release” of captured terrorists. How long […]

Pelosi only lies when her lips move.

I suppose at least it made it to the WaPost opinion page, but it’s an indictment of our mainstream media that they simply refuse to ask Nancy Pelosi any hard questions regarding accusations that she flat-out lied to the American public regarding what she knew about enhanced interrogation, when she knew it, and what she […]

Rodriguez to 60-Minutes: You don’t know what you’re talking about.

A former CIA chief, Jose Rodriguez, lays the intellectual wood down on 60-Minutes’ Leslie Stahl. I love his point, which many others have noted before, that for some reason the mainstream media and many politicos curiously believe that the morally superior position is to kill terrorists rather than capture them and subject them to enhanced interrogation. […]

CIA drone killers a predictable irony.

In an article noting a gradual but measurable increase in CIA’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to assassinate terrorists I was struck by how ironic, predictable and asinine was the criticism by human rights groups. [Wa. Post] About 20 percent of CIA analysts are now “targeters” scanning data for individuals to recruit, arrest or […]