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Jun 23, 2012 0 Comments

Top 5 changes at the Pentagon under Obama Articles / Opinion Editorials

Authors: J.D. GORDON

Over the past couple weeks some of President Obama’s most fervent fans have openly deserted him – expressing a commonly heard frustration from his liberal base that his popular 2008 campaign slogan “hope and change” hasn’t amounted to much. 

Amber Lee Ettinger, aka the “Obama Girl” — who gained notoriety through her racy YouTube video revealing her crush for then-Senator Obama — now won’t even say whom she’s voting for. 

Roberto Unger, one of Obama’s professors at Harvard Law School went a step further, declaring in another YouTube video that his former student “must be defeated in the coming election.” 

Though I understand their disappointment, I’d argue that Obama has in fact boldly changed the country. While it’s true that the president hasn’t come close to achieving his top priority of closing Guantanamo, in all fairness to Mr. Obama, he has ushered in a new era at the Pentagon. 

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May 25, 2012 0 Comments

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

Authors: JOSEPH HUMIRE

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

Authors: EVGUENI NOVIKOV, J.D. GORDON

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 »