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May 25, 2012 0 Comments

Book Review of Jorge Vestrynge’s “Peripheral Warfare and Revolutionary Islam” Books / Reviews


SFS Executive Director, Joseph M. Humire wrote a book review for the 2012 Spring/Summer issue of the Journal of International Security Affairs.  Mr. Humire reviews Jorge Vestrynge’s infamous book on “Peripheral Warfare and Revolutionary Islam: Origins, Rules and Ethics of Asymmetric Warfare,” and writes in the review:

Despite Verstrynge’s lack of bonafides as a military strategist, his work was considered to be good enough for him to be named a “military consultant” to the Venezuelan Armed Forces. And while not a best-seller in his home country of Spain, the endorsement of his book by Hugo Chávez has placed Verstrynge in high regard indeed among the world’s leading extremists. For Verstrynge, so enamored with radical ideology both leftist and Islamist, that may be reward enough.

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May 18, 2012 0 Comments

Putin skips the G8 summit — it’s time to re-set our relationship with Russia Articles / Opinion Editorials


The Russian “re-set button” that was grandly announced by President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton in 2009 was a unilateral gesture — and thus it’s no surprise the Bear is still smiling.

Now with President Putin’s unprecedented third term as Russia’s president underway and his decision to skip the G-8 Summit in Camp David on May 18-19, perhaps it’s time to re-think the whole thing.

First, though the idea might have sounded good to Americans who opposed President George W. Bush’s tough foreign policy after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, the olive branch did not change Russia’s generally antagonistic posture towards its neighbors or the West. While Obama “hoped” to “change” the relationship, America instead found itself on the losing end of the new START agreement on nuclear arms reduction…. Continue Reading »

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May 4, 2012 0 Comments

Obama finally gets serious about bringing KSM to justice Articles / Opinion Editorials

Authors: J.D. GORDON

President Obama’s whirlwind campaign stop in Afghanistan this week, exactly a year after Usama Bin Laden’s death, may make the commander in chief appear tough in punishing those responsible for the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history. But looks can be deceiving.

As we proudly celebrate the Freedom Tower reclaiming New York’s skyline, literally rising from the ashes of America’s darkest day, and recall the sense of justice that Navy SEALs gave us one year ago this week, we still have some unfinished business at Guantanamo to take care of.

After Mr. Obama tried his best to close the Gitmo detention facilities and derail military commissions, the president has now reluctantly pressed the “re-set” button for the trial of accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) and four alleged co-conspirators.

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