This just in – Iran’s reverse-engineered RQ-170 drone flies

Iran has released video of what it claims to be a reverse-engineered version of a captured RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aircraft. The jet — pretty loud jet at that — is seen flying overhead multiple times. The two-minute thirteen second video then shows numerous air-to-air views of the aircraft, apparently from a helicopter chase plane. The…

Video: Griffin missile launches from patrol ship, blasts target, goes operational

The US Navy’s Mark 60 Griffin missile system was declared operational March 25 after successful live-fire tests from patrol coastal (PC) ships assigned to the Fifth Fleet. The weapon gives the small PCs a punch they’ve sorely lacked. This newly-released Navy video shows Griffin launches from tests on March 20 and 21, along with the…

Sen. Rubio in London: Building Foreign Policy Cred for POTUS Run?

Is Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida running for president? Some of his travels suggest his toes have at least tested those waters. Not long after the 2012 presidential election, Rubio went to Iowa. The Hawkeye state prides itself as the first-in-the-nation primary — errr caucus — State. And he’s given a few high-profile speeches on…

Iran Nuke Deal Inked; Two Sides Already Interpreting it Differently

  In a striking Saturday night announcement, a team of international negotiators and Iran announced that the two sides had hammered out a deal to temporarily halt the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for modest rollbacks of American-led economic sanctions against elements of the Iranian economy. “We have reached an agreement,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad…

Read the White House Fact Sheet on the Iran Nuclear Deal

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 23, 2013   Fact Sheet:  First Step Understandings Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program   The P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China, facilitated by the European Union) has been engaged in serious and substantive negotiations with…

As Domestic Agenda Crumbles, Obama’s National Security Team Is Under Fire

ESSAY Second terms for U.S. presidents are tough. One’s domestic political capital quickly burns off after his Election Day mandate is forgotten by political friends and foes. So presidents often become “foreign-policy presidents” in their final years in the Oval Office. Things were heading in that familiar direction for Barack Obama. But there are signs…

Why John McCain Sees Barack Obama’s Middle East Policy As Elephant Dung

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is known for speaking his mind. After all, he is the Senate’s modern-day “Maverick,” and once rode a presidential campaign tour bus called the “Straight Talk Express.” So leave it to McCain to compare his old political foe’s Middle East policy to the, well, droppings of an elephant — and that…