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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The GOP’s Unfortunate Neglect of the Syrian Refugee Crisis

The GOP’s Unfortunate Neglect of the Syrian Refugee Crisis By Sam Davidoff-Gore December 2015   All of the Republican presidential candidates have called for some form of escalation of attacks against the Islamic State in Syria, whether it be the creation of a regional ground force, a carpet bombing campaign, or a major U.S. troop deployment. For all the candidates’ stated concerns about refugees, these proposals, which include calls to loosen the rules of engagement that protect civilian populations, ignore their humanitarian consequences: any escalation will increase the flow of Syrian refugees to the already overwhelmed countries of Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. But listening to the candidates, one would think that there is no refugee crisis except for the population fleeing to Europe and the… Read More ›

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A Bureaucratic Failure, Not a Scandal

A Bureaucratic Failure, Not a Scandal A BUREAUCRATIC FAILURE, NOT A SCANDAL John Bradshaw, NSN Executive Director January 19, 2016 | USA News As a former foreign service officer who served in several small U.S. posts overseas, the 2012 attack at the Benghazi facility had a particular resonance for me. But from the beginning, it was clear to me that this was not a political scandal, but the tragic outcome of two interacting forces: bureaucratic inertia at the State Department that led to chronic inadequate security for U.S. posts, and the propensity of foreign service officers to continually push against the boundaries of the security envelope. The various investigations of the attack, including the Accountability Review Board chaired by former U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering, all concluded… Read More ›

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