Can the US combat its enemies in the digital age?
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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?
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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?
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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
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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
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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
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