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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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The 5 Biggest Disasters in American Military History - Robert Farley, NI

Nations often linger on their military defeats as long as, or longer than, they do on their successes. The Battle of Kosovo remains the key event of the Serbian story, and devastat...

Is the US Working With Russia on ISIS or Not? - Josh Rogin, Daily Beast

Did the United States and Russia agree to share intelligence about ISIS? Secretary of State John Kerry insists they did. The Russian foreign minister insists just as strongly they ...

Congress Can Stop Iran Appeasement - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

The president’s problem isn’t limited to the fact that many Americans are rightly worried that the deal in the works with Iran is one that won’t do much to prevent the Islami...

13 Years of Costly Foreign Follies - Robert Merry, National Interest

The gnawing question is: What accounts for so many years under two presidents when foreign policy turned out to be one fiasco after another?...

Obama's Successful Push of Turkey - Bloomberg

In air-dropping weapons to the Kurdish People's Protection Units in Kobani this week, President Barack Obama has applied the pressure needed to get Turkish President Recep Tayyip E...

China and America: Competing Exceptionalism - Roger Cohen, NYT

What will matter above all is the capacity of the United States and China to avoid fatal misunderstanding. In a state of mutual incomprehension, clashing interests will escalate....

Doubling Down on Obama's Syria Disaster - M. Weiss & F. Itani, Politico

Fareed Zakaria and Leslie Gelb both have made what they think are bold and unfashionable proposals for U.S. policy in Syria without bothering to realize that their prescriptions ha...

Close the Torture Loophole - New York Times

Nearly six years after he stopped the practice, President Obama should not consider any legal loophole that might permit an American official to engage in torture or cruelty, no ma...

Obama's Revealing Slip on Immigration - Washington Times

The White House intended to remain silent about its plans for immigration. Revealing a scheme to open the floodgates of amnesty would be disastrous on the eve of the critical midte...

Obama's Coalition Is Fighting to Lose - Ira Straus, National Review

Obama certainly “believes in” international cooperation and organization, but this does not mean he knows how to build it or even sustain what there is of it....

Obama's Do-Nothing Global Leadership - Michael Curtis, The Commentator

Groucho Marx, Karl Marx, Gladstone, Disraeli, and even Duke Ellington can tell you something about Barack Obama. But at the end of the day, his international leadership is just a f...

Thank the Saudis for $3 Gas - Steven Butler & Tracy Moran, Ozy

Oil prices are plunging these days — in fact, they hit a four-year low this week — and it’s thanks in no small part to Saudi inaction, a new strategy of doing not...

Keeping Ebola at Bay - New York Times

The Ebola cases in the United States show that American hospitals and public health officials have much to learn about effective ways to protect health care workers and the public ...

The Global Panic Pandemic - Simon Jenkins, The Guardian

We have lost control of the language of proportion. The result is an outbreak of crying-wolf syndrome....

Russian-Style Business Is Now the Norm - Fyodor Lukyanov, Moscow Times

Western sanctions have had a significant impact on economic ties between Russia and the European Union, and a closer look at the relationship between the state and business in the ...

The U.S. Can Teach Britain on Federalism - Bruce Katz, Brookings

Devolution is in the air in the UK. In a remarkable turn of events, Britain’s political parties are competing over how, not whether, to devolve power to cities and metropolit...

Asia's Concern over an American Decline - Roger Cohen, NY Times

Outside China, there is a consistent theme in Asia. It is concern that declining American power, credibility and commitment will leave the way open for Beijing to exercise dominanc...

Obama Pushed to Walk the Path to Escalation - David Ignatius, WaPo

As fighters from the Islamic State surge in Iraq toward control of Anbar province in the west and the town of Kobane on the Syrian border , U.S. commanders and diplomats are signal...

Leon Panetta's Legitimate "Disloyalty" - Robert Tracinski, The Federalist

The new memoir from former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has been aptly described as a vindication of just about everything the president’s critics on th...

Syrian War Conference, Minus Syrians - Josh Rogin, The Daily Beast

President Obama will join a meeting of top defense officials from 21 countries Tuesday to discuss the war against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Missing from the confab: anyone that’s...

The Ruins of the Middle East - Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Obama’s unfortunate Middle East legacy was predicated on six flawed assumptions: (1) a special relationship with Turkey; (2) distancing the U.S. from Israel; (3) empathy for Isla...

Obama's Kiss-and-Tell Coalition Problem - Ratnam & Hudson, FP

The Obama administration insists that it has a large and growing coalition of nations arrayed to fight the Islamic State. If a new diplomatic blowup with Turkey is any example, tho...

Airport Screening Won't Stop Ebola - Economist

Some governments are dusting off measures that were previously used to combat the spread of bird flu and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome....

Eastern Europe Is Siding with Putin - Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

To grasp how Vladi­mir Putin is progressing in his campaign to overturn the post-Cold War order in Europe, it’s worth looking beyond eastern Ukraine, where the Kremlin is...

The U.S. Needs to Respond to IS's Success, Now - John Nagl, Politico

ISIL has had a really good year, which is very bad news for U.S. interests in the Middle East....

Lessons for America from Britain's Imperial Troubles - G. Rachman, FT

Britain was directly or indirectly involved in the fighting in many of these wars during the years 1919-1920. Their locations sound familiar: Afghanistan, Waziristan, Iraq, Ukraine...

New Weapons to Fight Ebola - Boston Globe

One tool that could help is a little-discussed law that allows the FDA to issue a voucher to speed drug development. Proposed by David Ridley at Duke University and colleagues, and...

To Help Ukraine Win a War, Elect a GOP Congress - P.R. Gregory, Forbes

The growing gap between the administration and Congress on Ukraine has turned the mid term elections into a referendum on U.S. policy towards Ukraine and Putin’s aggression....

A Chance to End the Cuba Embargo - New York Times

Scanning a map of the world must give President Obama a sinking feeling as he contemplates the dismal state of troubled bilateral relationships his administration has sought to tur...

The United States Doesn't Care About Syria - Michael Weiss, NOW Lebanon

The anti-ISIS coalition has one goal: save Iraq....

India Is Growing Bolder on the Seas - C. Raja Mohan, Indian Express

Given India’s growing trade and its increasing dependence on the sea for the import of vital energy resources, India’s interests are similar to those of the US, the wo...

Kobani Undermines Obama's Entire Policy - New York Post

Even in the teeth of US airstrikes, ISIS continues to advance on this Syrian town near the Turkish border....

Obama Underestimated Ebola - Los Angeles Times

Preventing unnecessary anxiety is good, but not if it means failing to address valid concerns. Now the president and the CDC must consider not only which safety measures to invoke ...

Don't Forget Canada and Mexico - Nicholas Burns, Boston Globe

In an unusually far-sighted report issued last week, two of our country’s most impressive global strategists - David Petraeus, former CIA director and head of US Central Comm...

Obama Has no Strategy - Malcolm Fraser, The Guardian

Air power alone will not make a difference in Iraq. Barack Obama, and his allies, have the worst strategic understanding possible of what they claim is an existential threat....

Obama's Galling anti-Israel Outburst - Isi Leibler, Jerusalem Post

The exceptionally vicious US condemnation of Israel with regard to housing construction in the Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem is not merely misguided, but also reflects irration...

Waiting for the Iranian Godot - Derek Davison, The Nation

The P5+1 must stop defining the success of a comprehensive deal purely on metrics and instead consider the intrinsic value that such a deal will bring with it....

The Failing Air Campaign Against ISIS - Washington Post

Two months after the United States began airstrikes in Iraq, and two weeks after they were extended into Syria, the forces of the Islamic State are still advancing....

Obama Ignores Panetta's Warning - Marc Thiessen, Washington Post

Say this much about President Obama: He does not engender a lot of loyalty from his inner circle....

Why We Should not Pay Ransoms - Shashank Joshi, Telegraph

Ransoms are not the answer. Such payments not only sustain the market for future kidnappings, but – worse still – help groups like Isil prosper, grow, and kill thousand...

Western Leaders Don't Grasp Voters' Vulnerability - C. Moore, Telegraph

For six or seven years now, voters in the West have realised that capitalism was disastrously captured by those who operated it, so that it stopped benefiting the rest of us. No le...

Even if U.S. Defeats ISIS, It Will Lose - Andrew Bacevich, Washington Post

As America’s efforts to “degrade and ultimately destroy” Islamic State militants extend into Syria, Iraq War III has seamlessly morphed into Greater Middle East Battlefield X...

The Damage Netanyahu Has Wrought - Haaretz

One after the other, the masks are being torn off. Netanyahu is not (and apparently never was) aiming for a two-state solution; his actions prove it....

India-U.S. Defense Cooperation Is Growing - Ankit Panda, The Diplomat

The statement isn’t revolutionary on security matters; it is rather evolutionary, signaling the broad contours of where U.S.-India cooperation on security might head in the M...

Obama's Betrayal - Andrew Sullivan, The Dish

We elected Obama precisely to be calm and sane enough to be able to resist what he has now done. He betrayed us. His policy, such as it is, is utterly incoherent and as free from a...

If Pakistan Doesn't Counter Militants, Others Will - Dawn

Pakistan's drift towards international isolation is only matched by the state’s denial of this truth....

Netanyahu's Gross Ignorance - The Daily Star

Meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday, Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu said that, given shared concerns, it was time Arab countries allied with Israel....

Stop the Hype over Returning Jihadists - Byman & Shapiro, Foreign Affairs

The threat presented by foreign fighters has been exaggerated, just as it was during several other conflicts in recent years. Over the last decade, the Iraq war in particular promp...

Why War Is Good - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Morris recounts the sheer dreadfulness of Rome's conquests over the northern tribes of Europe. "Rome had made a wasteland and called it peace," went the famous adage. But that wast...

Both Sides Think They Can Win a New Cold War - John Allen Gay, TNI

Mutual miscalculation is one of the most dangerous errors in foreign policy. Deliberately escalating a crisis does, after all, sometimes work: when you’re better able to en...

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Longoria promises 'no empty chairs'

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