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Can the US combat its enemies in the digital age?

This article first appeared on The Hill.  To read in full, please follow link...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2016/05/can-us-combat-its-enemies-in-digital-age.html

 

The ISIS Threat to U.S.: More Virtual Than Physical

Despite the “conclusion” of two of America’s longest wars, top administration officials maintain that the U.S. is still at war and engaged in active hostilities.  These efforts, namely in Afghanistan, are aimed at preventing a collapse of the central government...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2015/07/the-isis-threat-to-us-more-virtual-than.html 

 

Balancing Free Speech: The Battle Against Extremism

The Islamic State group has not only proven itself adept on the battlefield, but its social media strategy, prowess, and presence is also an accomplishment worth noting.  While the group does not pose a military threat, necessarily, to the continental United States...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2015/06/balancing-free-speech-battle-against.html

 

Should there be a new War Powers Resolution?

This article originally appeared on The HillPlease follow link to read in full...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2015/05/should-there-be-new-war-powers.html

 

Is the US Winning the War on Terror?

The War on Terror, or described differently, the global struggle to curb violent extremism, can be boiled down to optics and rhetoric.  While military operations play a small role, the larger conflict encompasses so much more...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2015/04/is-us-winning-war-on-terror.html

 

The Necessary Metrics to Battle Islamic State Group: Something’s Got To Give

As the small scale terror attacks continue to mount, and they will continue, the overall fear of the Islamic State (IS) group’s concept ticks up in kind.  Americans fear the militant group's activity is increasing globally...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2015/03/the-necessary-metrics-to-battle-islamic.html 

 

The Limits of the Military's Drone Strategy

Considering the seeming increase of global terrorism that has sprouted within the last five years, intelligence is more vital than ever.  The United States has a robust intelligence infrastructure, yet various factors and parameters...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2015/02/the-limits-of-militarys-drone-strategy.html

 

The Islamic State Group and the Next Congress

The 113th Congress has not done much to aid in the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria for reasons partly attributable to the executive and legislative branches.  Aside from a single committee's passage of a use of force authorization (AUMF) against the group, approving...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/12/the-islamic-state-group-and-next.html

 

The Ongoing AUMF Struggle

"I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL, but I believe we are strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together," President Obama stated in September when he first announced offensive military action against the Islamic State...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/12/the-ongoing-aumf-struggle.html

 

The Importance of the Senate's Torture Report

Yesterday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released the 500-plus page executive summary of the 6,000 page, six year report on the Bush administration's covert detention and interrogation practices.  While the report has many crying foul...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/12/the-importance-of-senates-torture-report.html

 

How Will Afghanistan Shape President Obama's Legacy?

With the ongoing threats of the Islamic State, the Ebola outbreak, and a myriad of other national security concerns, what will President Obama's legacy in the national security realm look like?  Following the resignation/firing of his third Defense Secretary...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/12/how-will-afghanistan-shape-president.html

 

Complications Regarding a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) 

Congress, in their lame duck period, has a lot on their plate.  Between nominations and passing a budget to keep the government funded, several members of Congress, the president, and many outside government would like to see legislators...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/11/complications-regarding-new.html

 

The Lame Duck Congress and the Islamic State Offensive

With Congressional mid-term elections taking place tomorrow, the Congress as a whole is slated to get back to work immediately following the observance of Veterans Day after roughly two working weeks in a span from late July...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/11/the-lame-duck-congress-and-islamic.html

 

What is Happening with Guantanamo Detainees

There have been some startling reports in the past few days regarding recidivism among former Guantanamo Bay detainees.  Fox News reports that the Pentagon acknowledges between 20-30 former detainees fighting alongside extremists...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/10/what-is-happening-with-guantanamo.html

 

Are signing statements another example of executive overreach?

This article originally appeared on The HillTo read in full please follow link...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/10/are-signing-statements-another-example.html 

 

Is America the Indispensable Nation?

President Obama firmly asserted that America is the indispensable nation to CBS's Steve Kroft.  "That's always the case. America leads. We are the indispensable nation. We have capacity no one else has. Our military is the best in the history of the world...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/10/is-america-indispensable-nation.html

 

More Confusion on Legal Reliance for Military Force: Politics of War

The legal rationale set forth by the Obama administration to use force against the Islamic State group in the territories of Iraq and Syria, has been the subject of harsh criticism and creative legal crafting.  This discussion has become...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/09/more-confusion-on-legal-reliance-for.html

 

Even if the President has the Authority to Wage War, Should He go to Congress: An Examination of Legal Authority

President Obama has firmly asserted that he has "the authority to address the threat from ISIL," using his preferred acronym for the Islamic State in a speech on Wednesday.  The president famously went to Congress a year ago asking for authorization...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/09/even-if-president-has-authority-to-wage.html

 

 Syria Will Likely Define Obama's Presidency: Reactions to His Speech

Now there is a strategy.  Last night, President Obama laid out a four point strategy to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State, or as the administration likes to call them, ISIL.  First, the United States will broaden airstrikes in Iraq...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/09/syria-will-likely-define-obamas.html

 

Drones and the context of the conflict with ISIS

This article originally appeared on The HillTo read in full, please follow link...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/09/drones-and-context-of-conflict-with-isis.html

 

Authorizing Force for Future Military Operations

The recent successes of the Islamic State in capturing territory in Iraq and Syria combined with the brutal execution of two American journalists has thrust American furor for the group to new levels.  Many Americans...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/09/authorizing-force-for-future-military.html

 

The Case for Congressional Authorization of Force in Iraq

Is America’s constitutional system broken?  Has American political dysfunction finally reached its tipping point?  Is it the new normal to accept lethargy and reluctance during an election year?  Reasons for why one may ask these questions...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/08/the-case-for-congressional.html

 

The US is Not Weak

This article originally appeared on The HillPlease follow link to read in full...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/08/the-us-is-not-weak.html

 

The Case for Redefining the War on Terror

With combat operations set to wind down in Afghanistan in 2014, the War on Terror would appear to be at a crossroads. President Obama and several of his top level advisors and cabinet members have stated that “core al-Qaeda,” or the al-Qaeda...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/07/the-case-for-redefining-war-on-terror.html 

 

Trying Terrorists

This article was originally published by The HillPlease follow link to read in full...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/07/trying-terrorists.html

 

AG Holder Outlines Cooperative Plan to Combat Foreign Fighter Threat

United States Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday set forth a four point plan to unify the United States and European allies against the growing threat of foreign fighters who return battle hardened from Iraq and Syria with the alleged...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/07/ag-holder-outlines-cooperative-plan-to.html

 

What Was Learned From the Secret Drone Memo Released Today?

In short, not much.  A US court of appeals had ruled in April as part of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that the government had to surrender a 2010 Office of Legal Council (OLC) memo, which authorized the killing of American citizen...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/06/what-was-learned-from-secret-drone-memo.html

 

Is US Domestic Case Law Providing a Moral Hazard for Covert Killings of Americans Overseas?

One of the most controversial decisions of the Obama presidency has been his authorization to target and kill Americans overseas who decide to take up arms against the United States.  In 2011, a drone strike killed Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen who...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/05/is-us-domestic-case-law-providing-moral.html 

 

NSA Legislation and Fourth Amendment Challenges

Last week, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner's (R-WI) USA FREEDOM Act passed in both the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees.  The bill's passage is significant for two reasons: 1) it is the first of its kind to pass committee since both the...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/05/nsa-legislation-and-fourth-amendment.html

 

The Second Amendment: Historical Context for an Ambiguous Right

Federalism has been at the root of many problems in American history.  It has fueled protests, furor, and even a civil war.  The fight rages on today - this time in Nevada where a rancher squares off against the federal government over property rights and jurisdiction.  In a heated standoff...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/04/the-second-amendment-historical-context.html 

 

Military Might Does Not Boil Down to Spending: A Look at the FY 2015 Defense Budget

President Obama's proposed FY 2015 budget has been subjected to harsh criticism for the defense cuts outlined within.  Hawks in Congress have crucified the administration for supposedly crippling the military and putting national security...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/03/military-might-does-not-boil-down-to_7.html

 

Why Seeking the Death Penalty for Tsarnaev Should not be Surprising

On Thursday, the United States Department of Justice announced they will be seeking the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bombing suspect.  Given Tsarnaev's age (20 years) many are concerned whether the...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/01/why-seeking-death-penalty-for-tsarnaev.html

 

New Antitrust Suit and Government Role in Free Market

The president's signature legislative achievement, aka Obamacare, has been and will continue to be highly scrutinized.  Many Republicans specifically object to the law's effect on the economy in terms of "illegal subsidies," and its interference...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/01/new-antitrust-suit-and-government-role.html

 

Why Congress Should Stop Complaining About Transparency

One of the biggest knocks against the Obama Administration by Congress is that it is not transparent enough.  Congress is constantly in search of greater oversight of executive programs.  Case in point... http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/01/why-congress-should-stop-complaining.html

 

Why Dems Need Chris Christie

Many Democrats are swooning at the news relating to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's office's direct involvement in closing lanes on the George Washington Bridge (the world's busiest bridge), which created a historic traffic jam...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2014/01/why-dems-need-chris-christie.html

 

Threats to the Homeland

Terrorism and cyber security: these are the two most impending dangers to the United States homeland as expressed by the witnesses at today's Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing on Threats to the Homeland...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2013/11/threats-to-homeland.html

 

Sequestration: "A Horrible Business Model"

During the government shutdown negotiations Democrats resounded that the Republicans had "already won" by being allowed to start new budget negotiations based on sequester level funding.  Yes, while the spending levels closely mirror that...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2013/11/sequestration-horrible-business-model.html

 

Guantanamo Bay: The Rights of Non-American Citizens and the Broader Scope of Justice 

The prison located at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba has been like a roller coaster ever since it was constructed.  President Obama campaigned to get rid of the prison but those dreams faded time and again.  Even hawks such as John McCain had discussed potentially...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2013/10/guantanamo-bay-rights-of-non-american.html

 

How The Tea Party Resembles The Joker

The major anomaly associated with the negotiations between the Tea Party and the Democrats is the Tea Party is not afraid to give up what they are negotiating for.  To simplify this, during a negotiation, each side desires a particular outcome...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2013/10/how-tea-party-resembles-joker.html

 

The NRA's New Hold on Foreign Relations

Yesterday in New York, the United Nations General Assembly heard from several heads of state including our own president.  One story from yesterday’s UNGA that has not been receiving much attention is that of the UN Arms Trade Treaty.  President...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2013/09/the-nras-new-hold-on-foregin-relations_25.html

 

Religion and Politics 

When discussing the history and the founding of our great nation many point to the radical idea of our founders to give every human unalienable rights no matter their class distinction.  This point is also often geared toward our nation...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2013/07/religion-and-politics.html 

 

New Jersey Senate Race

The death of New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg paved the way for a controversial and much anticipated special election set for October 16, 2013.  After speculation about what Governor Chris Christie would do to fill Lautenber’s...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2013/06/new-jersey-senate-race.html

 

Impact of State Legislatures 

The impact of the 2012 election is greater than some believe.  It holds a greater policy and legislative impact which is worth pointing out.  There were several state legislatures that were shaken up after the election and while...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2013/06/impact-of-state-legislatures.html 

 

Who Is Cory Booker? 

Newark New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker has started to make noise on the national political scene.  Booker burst onto the scene with his prime time speech at the Democratic National Convention this past September in Charlotte...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2013/01/who-is-cory-booker.html 

 

Who to "Exploit" 

 With several states across the union struggling to balance their budgets, revenue is the name of the game.  Many states are in desperate turmoil to come up with ideas on how to bring revenue and not default.  Under their constitutions...http://www.redandbluepolitics.com/2012/12/who-to-exploit.html

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