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Nearly two-thirds of Americans (65%) think the U.S. government should use drones to launch airstrikes in other countries against suspected terrorists. Americans are, however, much ...(full article)

President Obama was a man changed for the better on his trip to Israel. He offered a more realistic base for approaching the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and was muscular in standi...(full article)

If Iraq was regrettable in one respect, it was in pushing Obama to embrace destabilizing minimalism in the Arab world. The U.S. has left a void that contending actors are seeking t...(full article)

The newest outpost in the U.S. government’s empire of drone bases sits behind a razor-wire-topped wall outside this West African capital, blasted by 110-degree heat and the occas...(full article)

Countries from Uzbekistan to Ukraine use a loophole to try to quietly influence the United States. A "foreign agent" by any other name....(full article)

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America Can't End Syria's Civil War - Dick Krickus, National Interest

President Obama should emphasize that there is no military option that will end the turmoil associated with the civil war within Islam....

How Obama's Shallow Worldview Failed Us - Stuart Stevens, Daily Beast

The president puts too much faith in historical progress. The long arc of history won’t beat ISIS -- but a determined effort will....

Another Bad War in Iraq - Steve Chapman, Chicago Tribune

When President Barack Obama denounced the jihadist group the Islamic State that beheaded American journalist James Foley, he called for action "to extract this cancer so that it do...

Is the U.S. Enabling Putin's Invasion? - Christopher Dickey, The Daily Beast

When is an invasion not an invasion? When the Russian president says so and the West just accepts him at his word....

Exposing China's Provocations - James Holmes, The Diplomat

U.S. and allied forces should film Chinese assertiveness and let the whole world see it firsthand....

U.S. Influence Drip-Dripping Away - Adam Garfinkle, American Interest

The United Arab Emirates and Egypt bombed Libya without consulting with the United States. Mahmoud Abbas is set to unveil an initiative for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the co...

Latest Big Lie: 'We Have No Strategy' - Michael Ledeen, PJ Media

They DO have a strategy, but they prefer to appear indecisive.  That’s because the strategy would likely provoke even greater criticism than the false confession of endless di...

Why Obama Let ISIS Off the Hook - Rogin & Lake, The Daily Beast

After a week of talk of eliminating the "cancer" of ISIS, President Obama said Thursday that he was not planning to significantly expand the war against the Islamic extremist mov...

Defending Obama's Mideast Strategy - Peter Beinart, The Atlantic

President Obama’s critics often claim he doesn’t have a strategy in the greater Middle East. That’s wrong. Like it or loathe it, he does, and he’s beginning to implement ...

Check Your Machine, the 80s Are Calling - Tom Rogan, Nat'l Review

The world isn’t static, and newly evolving threats loom.. Yet sometimes those threats seem to be calling from the past, too, and they demand solutions....

Why Canada Cares More About the War of 1812 - Ishaan Tharoor, WaPo

The war played out in fits and starts along the shores of the Great Lakes, with soldiers succumbing to disease, hunger and the bitter cold almost as much as the bullets and bayonet...

U.S. Should Bomb ISIS ... and Assad - Michael Weiss, NOW Lebanon

For the better part of three years it had been apparent that Assad’s propaganda was aimed at luring the West into a sordid compact with his regime founded on supposedly share...

2014 Should Be a Foreign Policy Election - Marc Ambinder, The Week

Some wags like to say that midterms don't usually turn on foreign policy. But two of the past three — 2002 and 2006 — certainly did. In those races, at least one of the...

No, 2014 Shouldn't Be a Foreign Policy Election - Dan Larison, AmCon Mag

If we compare this year to the other midterm years when foreign policy loomed large in the voters’ minds, it’s not hard to understand why these issues are being neglected now. ...

Must America Attack Syria? - The Guardian

President Obama is a cautious man made more cautious by the constraints imposed on him by the gridlocked American political system. In dealing with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria ...

Obama Shouldn't Bomb ISIS in Syria - Fred Kaplan, Slate

Let’s hope that President Obama does not bomb ISIS inside Syria—unless, maybe, the airstrikes are coordinated with some other country’s troops on the ground. That...

Responding to China's Air Intercept - Ryan Santicola, The Diplomat

The US response to the recent intercept is important in the context of the safety and freedom of international airspace....

Obama's Hazy Sense of History - Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

President Obama doesn’t know much about history. In his therapeutic 2009 Cairo speech, Obama outlined all sorts of Islamic intellectual and technological pedigrees, several ...

What ISIS Learned from the U.S. About War - Brian Castner, Wash Post

We’re caught in a revenge cycle with a death cult, and it’s redefining modern warfare. The horrific murder of journalist James Foley is case in point. Once, hitting targets of...

When Americans Leave for Jihad - Peter Bergen & David Sterman, CNN

What can be done? Western governments are keenly aware of the problem of Syrian veterans coming home both radicalized and trained. The problem is that in some European countries wi...

Assad Is Laying a Deadly Ambush for Obama in Syria - Fred Hof, TNR

President Barack Obama's decision to authorize aerial surveillance of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) positions in Syria suggests that airstrikes employing manned and unmann...

Will Obama Let Iraq Become His 'Nam? - Rich Lowry, New York Post

The Islamic State is a force for evil that poses an imminent security threat to the United States, but please, let us get back to you on whether we’re determined to defeat it. T...

U.S. and Iran Hit ISIS, Ignore Each Other - Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

With ISIS over-running Syrian bases, the time might seem right for a grand alliance against the Islamic State. But so far, the U.S. isn’t talking to Iran or Syria’s arm...

Dempsey's Clarity and Obama's Confusion - Tom Rogan, National Review

Military strategy demands the disruption of an enemy’s “center of gravity.” The Islamic State’s center of gravity is in Syria, and General Dempsey’s comments last Thursda...

No One on the Ground Can Beat ISIS - Jamie Dettmer, The Daily Beast

In Iraq today the administration has committed to doing something against the forces of the so-called Islamic State, but the limited military intervention we’ve seen to date lag...

U.S. Can't Retreat and Still Call the Shots - Max Boot, Commentary

Want to know what happens when the U.S. retreats from a leadership role in the Middle East? This is what happens–Egypt and the United Arab Emirates together collaborate to stag...

Barack Obama Is Not a Realist - Paul Saunders, The National Interest

The principal reason that Obama’s critics and defenders considered him a realist for so long has been his administration’s generally pragmatic policies. But realism is much m...

Events Stoke Debate over Obama's Worldview - Zachary Goldfarb, WaPo

The week began with the breaking of the siege of Mount Sinjar in Iraq, thanks to U.S. bombing runs, and ended with the public beheading of American journalist James Foley in Syria ...

James Foley & the End of the Powell Doctrine - Andrew Peek, Fiscal Times

That’s been the entire problem with Obama’s foreign policy and with the Powell Doctrine from the beginning -- most problems are complicated. That’s why they’re problems. Un...

Netanyahu May Be Misreading Obama - Leon Hadar, i24 News

Obama's willingness to aid in the fight against radical Islam isn't a Carte Blanche for Netanyahu in Gaza....

How Obama Caused the Gaza War - Ira Straus, National Review

The Obama administration had encouraged Egyptians to vote Morsi into office; this made the difference in his thin margin of victory. The administration bears causal responsibility ...

Destroy the 'Islamic State' - John Bolton, National Review

Approving U.S. military force against the Islamic State on August 7, Obama stressed two limited goals: protecting U.S. civilian and military personnel in Irbil, the Kurdish capi...

U.S. Entering New Era of Dirty Wars? - Russell Crandall, American Interest

Americans don’t always like to acknowledge it, but the U.S. has a long history of fighting so-called dirty wars. Perhaps rather than insisting we should never get involved in...

The Obama-Netanyahu Dysfunctional Tango - Aaron David Miller, LAT

What makes the Obama-Netanyahu tango so dysfunctional is that unlike other periods when relations between U.S. presidents and Israeli prime ministers were tense, these two really d...

What China Wants - The Economist

After a bad couple of centuries, China is itching to regain its place in the world. How should America respond?...

Revitalized NATO Could Be Obama's Legacy - Anne Applebaum, Wash Post

In two years, President Obama could reconceive, renegotiate and rewrite a new North Atlantic Treaty, or at least restructure NATO so that it functions like a living organism and no...

Should Israel, U.S. Rethink Iron Dome's Usefulness? - Benny Morris, LAT

During the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, Iron Dome has efficiently protected Israel from massive damage and casualties. Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the other terrorist organizations ...

Obama v. ISIS: This Time It's Personal - Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

When ISIS beheaded an American journalist, it meant to intimidate—and provoke—the United States. It should be careful what it wishes for. The gloves just came off....

Obama Finally Getting It Right on ISIS - David Ignatius, Washington Post

For months, Obama has been struggling with how to get it right this time — how to contain and eradicate the Islamic State without making the United States the Muslim world’s e...

Would U.S. Money Have Saved James Foley? - James Traub, Foreign Policy

European governments pay millions of dollars in ransoms to free their hostages. The White House needs to decide whether it’s willing to sacrifice principle for people....

The Hard Hand of the Middle East - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Reality can be harsh. In order for the United States to weaken and eventually defeat the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, it could use help from both the Iranian regime and that of...

Obama, Be Honest About U.S. Role in Iraq - Robin Wright, LA Times

Let's be honest. The United States has crossed the threshold on Iraq. We're in it to salvage the country — again — using American military might. But the mission has also, ver...

The Middle East Cold War and U.S. - Michael Tomasky, The Daily Beast

As big a threat as ISIS is, the competition that truly defines the Middle East is the one between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Where do we fit in?...

Is Barack Obama a Coldhearted Realist? - Stephen Walt, Foreign Policy

This president isn't weak and waffling. He's calculating, coldhearted, and decisive when it counts....

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