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Wednesday
Aug042010

The World Ignores Hillary Clinton as The Obama Administration Slashes US Defenses

The Daily Caller

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears at least to be trying to restore American prestige abroad. Talking tough in Asia last week, she stared across the DMZ and told the North Koreans to back off. In Vietnam she asserted that the United States still had a “national interest” in the region. She intimated that America would not allow China to bully ASEAN nations into giving up their rights in the South China Sea or restrict our freedom of navigation through one of the world’s busiest oceans. It is striking that Clinton, the most liberal Secretary of State since Cyrus Vance, is the most hawkish member of the administration’s national security team.

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Thursday
Jul152010

The Obama Administration's Cuts to The U.S. Navy Imperil Critical Missions

The Daily Caller

The United States Navy is drastically shrinking due to the serious cuts the Obama administration is making to the shipbuilding budget. As set forth in the Navy’s Quadrennial Defense Review, the service requires a minimum of 313 ships to accomplish its many missions. Today, however, the Navy is operating just 286 warships. Given President Obama’s plans to further cut the defense budget, the number of ships in the Navy is certain to continue to decline below even the current number with very negative consequences for the United States; one area that is significantly impacted is America’s amphibious assault capacity.

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Wednesday
May052010

America Must Immediately Reverse the Downsizing of its Navy as China Grows on the High Seas

The Huffington Post

The United States Navy is of critical importance to the defense of this country and to maintaining freedom of the seas internationally. Freedom of navigation, as ensured by the Navy, is critical to America's ability to project power by moving men and equipment over 70 percent of the earth's surface and to maintaining world trade and commerce. The Navy's missions in this regard have expanded significantly in recent years. Simultaneously, the Navy faces a strategic challenge from China in the Pacific. Yet the number of ships in the fleet continues to fall. If this trend is not reversed quickly, American security and influence in the world will be diminished for many years to come.

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Saturday
Mar132010

Afghan Prosecutors Key to Beating Taliban

CBS News

Without well-equipped and honest Afghan prosecutors to bring criminal cases against the country’s drug lords and terrorists, the sacrifices of our front line soldiers could be in vain. Police and counter-insurgency work alone is insufficient to stop the Taliban and narco-terrorists.

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Wednesday
Feb172010

Don't Forget Afghanistan's Justice System

CBS News

President Obama has reaffirmed our commitment to winning in Afghanistan and American and British Marines are on the offensive in Marjah. Winning in Afghanistan requires that we, our coalition allies and Afghan forces, defeat the Taliban insurgency, end the rampant narcotics trade, and overcome pervasive corruption among Afghan officials. A key to success in dealing with all three areas is rebuilding the Afghan justice sector.

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