A Barrier at the U.S.-Mexico Border, A First and Necessary Step

Much has been said about President Trump’s Executive Order on “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements” issued on January 25th. Some of it good, a lot of it, political noise. However, rarely included in the discussions on this Presidential action is the comment by the Israeli Prime Minister. For example, on 1/28/2017 at 10:55 a.m., …

Iran Nuclear Agreement: A Weapon of Mass Destruction for U.S. and Global Nonproliferation Efforts

Announcing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding Iranian nuclear activities, President Obama claimed it would make “our country and the world safer and more secure.” On the contrary, what the agreement allows; the process by which it was negotiated and will be considered by Congress, will have far-reaching negative consequences on U.S. and …

Terrorist threats in the Americas

The Washington Times ran my latest op-ed this week: “Terrorist threats in the Americas: Extremists are infiltrating the Western Hemisphere to strike the U.S.“: Hezbollah activities in the Americas are well documented and continue to expand in scope and sophistication. The terrorist group has been actively studying and operating in the Americas since the 1980s, but it …

NCR: Religious Liberty Abroad: Where is Obama?

Thank you to Michael Sean Winters at the National Catholic Reporter for posting an item about my piece that appeared in the American Thinker earlier this week: While the USCCB seems more interested in the plight of Christians at Hobby Lobby than the plight of Christians in the Holy Land (with the exception of Bishop Pates), Yleem …

The U.S. Must Remain a Leader for Worldwide Religious Freedom

Over at the American Thinker, you can read my latest piece on global religious freedom: The rich American heritage of religious freedom should suffice as a basis for robust sustained engagement. If not, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights underscores: “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom …

U.S. Can Learn A Lot From Israel About Secure Borders

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary electoral defeat in the Commonwealth of Virginia is being attributed to many things. Political scientists and other analysts will plumb the many political nuances of this campaign for weeks, months, and possibly years. Indeed, the college professor who beat the Majority Leader, first time a Majority Leader has been …

Response to Russia: Doomed to Fail Unless Immediate Action Taken

Thursday last week I moderated a panel on Capitol Hill with the Ambassadors from Ukraine, Czech Republic, Georgia and Lithuania titled: European Ambassadors to Discuss “Russian Aggression: Exploring the Implications of Putin’s Annexation of Crimea”. The discussion was co-hosted by the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies and the School of Theology and Religious Studies at …

Guest Dispatch: Mark Gage on the Situation in the Ukraine, NATO Needs to Step Up

The following Guest Dispatch is from Mark Gage, a friend of ours, as well as a professional colleague with an impressive career in public service. Among his many other accomplishments, Mark worked as Senior Professional Staff Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and, prior to that, as Senior Advisor at the Department of State on …

Halting UNESCO’s misguided path Congress allocates hundreds of millions to U.N agencies

What are Members of Congress doing with your tax dollars? Today’s Washington Times published my op-ed on funding that Congress recently approved for UNESCO: Ultimately, it seems Senate proponents understood the inadvisability of sacrificing long-standing U.S. foreign policy to gain a U.N. seal of approval for a park featuring prehistoric earthworks, an old mission or other local site. The …

UN Needs to Shape Up or Face Further US Funding Cuts

Congress returned to work with the January 15th funding deadline looming as an ominous cloud over the Capitol. The American people may have therefore expected their elected representatives to tackle this challenge by focusing on priority programs. Yet, some were intent on extending the holiday season, looking at the funding bill as a Christmas tree …

Benghazi: Solutions Needed Now, Not Just Investigations

U.S Diplomatic Corps Deserve Better We owe it to the brave Americans killed and injured during the attack on our diplomatic mission in Benghazi not to leave any stone unturned in determining what occurred before and during the assault. But Congress’ responsibility does not and must not end there. Congress must exercise similar due diligence …