September 17, 2014
Scottish independence is hardly a simple matter of kilts and bagpipes and Braveheart shouting, “Freedom!” If Scottish voters Thursday approve a referendum to separate from England, they would wreak unprecedented damage on the United Kingdom.

A breakup of Britain would weaken the international security posture and diplomatic clout of both England and Scotland. Moving the Trident submarines would make NATO more vulnerable. A ‘yes’ vote would also encourage Europe’s other separatist movements and change the political makeup of England by making it a more conservative nation without the leftist Scots.

Four Strategic Consequences of a ‘Yes’ Vote in Scotland
Scots who favor independence rally Wednesday on the day before the referendum. (Getty Images)
ISIS Targets Lebanon, the New Front for Warring Terror Armies
September 12, 2014
Beirut was once called the “Paris of the Middle East.” Now it is the capital of a failed nation. Lebanon — small but strategically located — is exposed to terrorist threats that could further cripple the chaotic country and region.
Saudi Arabia Condemns Terrorism While Funding It
September 11, 2014
Saudi Arabia has donated $100 million dollars to the United Nations to support a counterterrorism center, but the kingdom is one of the primary sources of funding for jihadist groups, including the terrorist army of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. This duplicity contributes to the increasing instability in the Middle East and is a toxic element in the growing strains in U.S.-Saudi relations.
Two Years After Benghazi, New Book Revives Debate
September 11, 2014
Washington is again debating the mystery still surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi. A new book claims that armed CIA contractors were ordered to “stand down” as they tried to rush to the rescue of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans killed in the assault. A House special committee is also preparing to hold its first public hearing next week on the tragedy.
Hungry Russia Seeks Food from Asia After Spat with US, EU
September 10, 2014
With relations between Moscow and the European Union deteriorating rapidly, the Kremlin is looking to Asia to help feed the Russian people. Russia’s trade pivot to the East is likely to intensify as President Vladimir Putin continues to anger the West with his support of pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine.
Black Market Oil Fuels North Korea
September 9, 2014
By Gordon G. Chang

Has North Korea ground to a standstill because of a lack of oil? Did China cut them off? Is Russia filling the void, and what is Iran up to in the shadowy world of black market oil sales? Those questions have many answers. Some may be true.
NATO’s Turkey Shares Blame for Rise of ISIS
September 9, 2014
Turkey helped to create a monster when it backed rebels against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and many of those fighters joined the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq. The terrorist army initially greatly benefited from Turkish help, as it freely crossed the border with Syria. But now the ISIS has turned on its benefactor and declared Turkey an “infidel.”
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