Foreign and Defense Policy

Best of the foreign policy blogs (Mar. 24 to Mar. 30)

Here is the best of what AEI’s foreign and defense policy scholars are reading this week:

Must see TV: Jon Stewart, via, absolutely savages Barack Obama’s “intimate moment” with Medvedev.

John Rizzo, former CIA general counsel, writes at on the CIA and Congress’ crippling failure to communicate in The CIA-Congress War.

Benjamin Wittes at the on police interviews of one of Osama Bin Laden’s wives who was living with him in the Abbottabad compound in Mrs. Bin Laden Speaks.

Pam Benson at’s Security Clearance blog reports that the U.S. and Pakistan are talking about changes in drone ops.

Also at, the Security Clearance Blog reports on a new CNN poll that shows just 34% of Americans say the U.S. is winning the war in Afghanistan and 55% want to pull out before 2014 in Afghan war support hits new low.

And Jill Doherty reports that the Syrian opposition leader is going to ask Hillary Clinton for arms and more help.

Scott Snyder at explains How to Stop Kim’s “Satellite” Test.

Sebastian Strangio at reports on the excitement in Burma as Aung San Suu Kyi prepares to take her seat in parliament, but asks if the junta is using her as a fig leaf, in Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi Fever.

Spencer Ackerman at reports on a key defect in Obama’s plans to patrol the vast Pacific Ocean and build the U.S. naval presence in the Middle East in Shrinkage: Navy Won’t Build as Many Ships as It Planned.

Finally, from comes this jaw dropping video of a new DARPA military robot that can jump 30 feet in the air—scaling roofs and steep cliffs with a single bound!

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