Foreign and Defense Policy

Best of the foreign policy blogs (Feb. 4 to Feb. 10)

Here’s what AEI’s foreign and defense policy scholars are reading for the week of February 4-10:

Glenn Greenwald at has a conniption when he learns that a majority of liberals and Democrats support keeping Guantanamo open and drone strikes against Americans who join al Qaeda in Repulsive progressive hypocrisy.

Tom Joscelyn and Bill Roggio at detail al-Shabab’s longstanding ties to al Qaeda in Shabaab formally joins al Qaeda.

Also at, Bill Roggio reports on the execution of Abu Talha, a senior al Qaeda in Iraq leader and close aid to the late Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, in Iraq executes Zarqawi aide.

Jonathan Tobin at puts Israel’s use of the MEK to undermine the Iranian nuclear program in historical context in Israel’s Iranian Allies of Convenience.

Elaine Donnelly at on the Pentagon’s decision to put women in combat in Pentagon Misplaces Priorities on Women in Land Combat.

Walter Russell Mead at’s ViaMeadia blog reports that the Saudis promise to keep oil prices under $100 a barrel in the event of a strike on Iran’s nuclear program in Saudis Sing It Too: Bomb Bomb Iran.

Jamey Keaton at reports that cheese-eating surrender monkeys are opposed to attacking Iran (well, that’s not exactly how he put it, but you get the point) in Sarkozy advises against military strike on Iran.

Spencer Ackerman at’s Danger Room blog reports how Secretive SEALs Moonlight as Movie Stars (with video).

And Joshua Keating at has the video of a North Korean accordion quartet’s performance of a-ha’s 80’s hit “Take on me”

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