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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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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'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....

Want to Fix Border Crises? Empower Women - Marisol Ruiz, Yale Global

A common denominator in most proposals is that they lack a gender perspective or simply ignore the concerns of women and girls. A long-term solution is to urge Central American gov...

Putting America First Isn't Always Best for U.S. - Michael Young, National

If their desire is an American withdrawal from the world, similar to the mood prevailing in the country after the First World War, then they have to measure the consequences. For t...

Questions from the Syria Blame Game - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

Hillary Clinton recently reignited the who-lost-Syria debate when she suggested that President Obama made a mistake in not intervening more forcefully early in the Syrian civil war...

Ambivalence About America - Roger Cohen, New York Times

The pendulum always swings too far. Obama the restrainer has been the great corrective to Bush the decider. Far from the magician imagined back in 2008, Obama has been the professi...

Ferguson Is Not Iraq - Charles C.W. Cooke, National Review

The intention of these linguistic games is typically twofold. The first is reasonable: To point out that domestic coverage of foreign politics is often hopelessly simplistic. (One ...

What if Ferguson Happened in Another Country? - Max Fisher, Vox

[Satire] Violence could spread to oil-producing regions such as Oklahoma or even disrupt the flow of American beer supplies....

Canada to the Rescue! - Diane Francis, The American Interest

Most proposals about unifying the United States and Canada are based on economic complementarity and cultural affinity. Here’s one based on institutional necessity....

How Germany Spies on Its Friends - Der Spiegel

For more than a year now, German officials have criticized the US for the NSA's mass spying on Europeans and even Chancellor Angela Merkel. Now, embarrassing revelations show that ...

Latin America Can Help Save the Yazidis - Carlos Montaner, Miami Herald

The Yazidis know what awaits them and are trying to emigrate to the United States, Canada and Europe. Nobody talks about Latin America. Why not? If the Latin Americans were really ...

Sham U.S. 'Concern' over Syria and Iraq - The Daily Star

American officials periodically speak of their “concern” over events in Iraq and Syria, whether the horrific human toll in lives, or the threats to regional and international s...

Is American Foreign Policy for Sale? - Daniel Drezner, Washington Post

Last week Peter Beinart threw down a pretty provocative argument about the hawkish foreign policy rhetoric coming from the crop of potential 2016 presidential candidates, particula...

Can U.S. and India Become Real Partners? - Sourabh Gupta, TNI

The US-India strategic partnership is either the most under-performing bilateral relationship in the world or its most overrated....

U.S. Living in the Past over Cuba - Global Public Square

Remember last December when President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raúl Castro at Nelson Mandela's memorial service, and got a lot of criticism for it? In t...

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Insurance Commissioner urges health

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger says the state needs to decide soon what health benefits...

Biden will head to Ohio's Appalachi

Vice President Joe Biden will campaign this weekend in Ohio's Appalachian region, an area loaded wit...

Lingle, Hirono meet in first debate

Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle and U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono are facing each other in the first of fiv...

Pine Bluff election in question due

Pine Bluff Mayor Carl Redus Jr. has filed a lawsuit that seeks to stop the November mayoral election...

Longoria promises 'no empty chairs'

Actress Eva Longoria says her speech to the Democratic convention will be very different from Clint ...