Author: Matthew Dragonette

Implications of Islamic State Destroying Russia’s Passenger Jet

If American and British intelligence sources are accurate, the Russian passenger aircraft that crashed in the Sinai Peninsula last week was destroyed by a bomb planted by Islamic State or one of its affiliates. This development will have shocking implications for the complex Syrian civil war and the overall fight against Islamic State. Russia, which had previously been more concerned with supporting Syrian President Bashir Al-Assad’s government, will almost certainly step-up its involvement in the fight against Islamic State. In recent weeks, Russia had provided naval, air, and missile support to Al-Assad, and it was even rumored they inserted...

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Conservatives, Not Trump, Must Lead The GOP

For seemingly the millionth time this primary, Donald Trump has made an outrageous comment with little basis in fact. Trump claimed that he probably would have prevented 9/11 because his immigration policies would have been so tough that “there’s a good chance that those people would not have been in our country.” Of course, Trump forgets that 14 hijackers came on tourist visas, four came on business visas, and one on a student visa–none of which are covered in his immigration plan. This incident reminds us that, with so many great minds in the race, conservative Republicans should stop rushing...

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Conservatives Need to Move Past “The Outsiders”

In the first poll following the CNN debate, the GOP’s three political outsiders combined to dominate the crowed Republican presidential field winning the support 53% of those surveyed. Donald Trump (24%), Carly Fiorina (15%), and Ben Carson (14%) have zero years of political experience between them, but each has taken the early primary by storm through a combination of anti-establishment (but mostly conservative) credentials, fiery rhetoric, and a willingness to talk tough to both the media and their opponents. The rhetoric and tough talk of the outsiders’ campaigns have certainly dominated media headlines. Unfortunately for Republicans, many of these...

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The U.S. Must Resolve the Syrian Crisis

Americans can no longer ignore the Syrian refugee crisis. While the United States government cannot and should not address every humanitarian crisis, the Syrian civil war(s) and resulting displacement of nearly half of Syria’s prewar population poses grave security risk and migration realities for not only Europe and the Middle East, but America itself.  The “Syrian Problem” is two-fold: there is both (1) a four-way civil war with significant international involvement, and (2) a significant displacement of Syrian nationals, both within the country and to countries around the world. While the refugee crisis has drawn the lion’s share of...

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GOP Leadership Trumped by Primary Chaos

The Republican presidential primaries have become more about voters’ frustration with current GOP leadership and the ideological direction the party should take rather than actually nominating a respectable candidate for president. It’s a conversation party members (not just donors) need to have, and the presidential primary is not necessarily the worst time to have it. The large number of candidates (seventeen at last count) and the hundreds of millions of dollars already flowing into campaigns shows that voters, leaders, and donors see 2016 as a critical moment for the Republican Party. Republicans, from libertarian-leaners to old-fashioned social conservatives, have...

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