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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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What Happens When America Disengages - Fred Hiatt, Washington Post

Obama’s determination to gear down in Europe and the Middle East, regardless of circumstances, guaranteed that the United States would not respond strategically to new opport...

WWI and the Mighty Combustion of Small Events - Rex Murphy, Nat'l Post

People looking at the world today are, I think rightfully, seeing something of a parallel with confusions of a century ago. In the last weeks and months, what a crowding and a tang...

The World Mess Obama Didn't Make - Steve Chapman, Chicago Tribune

It's easy to forget that planet Earth has always been a turbulent locale. During the Reagan administration, often fondly recalled as a golden age, there was endless strife hither a...

A Bright Spot in Obama's Foreign Policy: Iran. Yes, Iran - Matt Duss, TAP

Despite the outcry from the hawks, there are encouraging signs the president has continued support for diplomacy. Speaking at the progressive Netroots Nation conference last weeken...

Smart Aid for the World's Poor - Matt Ridley, Wall Street Journal

In September next year, the United Nations plans to choose a list of development goals for the world to meet by the year 2030. What aspirations should it set for this global campai...

Putin's War (of Ideas) on Europe - Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail

This is, above all else, a war of ideas. Along with countless shells and missiles, what Russian President Vladimir Putin has lobbed into Ukraine is a set of ideological challenges ...

The Real Failure in Central America - Jose Miguel Cruz, Miami Herald

The failure to manage the crisis of Central American child refugees at the Mexican border is not only about the inability to enact a comprehensive immigration policy reform. The re...

Cowardly West Enables Tsar Putin - Tim Stanley, Daily Telegraph

Here’s the problem with the West’s handling of Russia: we talk the talk but we don’t walk the walk. And strongmen like Vladimir Putin respect action. Dialogue is ...

How America Started the Border Crisis - Eleanor Clift, The Daily Beast

The kids fleeing to our southern border are escaping criminals who learned their deadly trade right here in the U.S. Two aid workers explain the roots of Central America’s de...

Central America's Apology Tour - Michael Shifter, Politico Magazine

As the U.S. Congress decides what to do about President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion funding request to deal with the recent influx of unaccompanied children from Central Amer...

An Unwelcome Echo of the Cold War in Ukraine - Los Angeles Times

International outrage over the downing of a Malaysian passenger plane over Ukraine on July 17 does not appear to have affected either the actions of pro-Russia forces in that count...

Why Britain Should Follow the Kansas Model - Jeremy Warner, Telegraph

To help find solutions to these challenges, I’ve been taking a look at a fascinating experiment in fiscal policy being played out in the state of Kansas. There, two years ago...

Don't Use MH17 as Excuse to Punish Russia - Simon Jenkins, The Guardian

For Britain – or America – to try and lay down the law along Russia’s extensive borders is barking mad; to use a tragic plane accident as casus belli equally so. It is nothin...

When U.S. Downed a Plane and Tried to Cover It Up - Fred Kaplan, Slate

Fury and frustration still mount over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and justly so. But before accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of war crimes or dismissing th...

Why U.S. Has Most Pro-Israel Foreign Policy - Zack Beauchamp, Vox

Everyone knows the United States is Israel's best friend. The US gives Israel billions of dollars in aid annually, consistently blocks UN Security Council resolutions condemning Is...

Europe's Refugee Crisis Far Worse than U.S. - Joshua Keating, Slate

Reading my colleague Emily Bazelon’s much-needed excoriation of the Democratic governors who have refused to provide help in sheltering the thousands of unaccompani...

Can the U.S. Leave Afghanistan Without Leaving Chaos? - Dawn

WHILE much of the focus when it comes to Afghanistan is rightly on ensuring that the recent presidential election produces a result that is nationally acceptable and politically vi...

U.S. & Germany: Rebuilding a Spy Partnership - David Ignatius, Wash Post

Given recent German indignation about the National Security Agency, it has been easy to overlook the fact that for decades the German government has cooperated extensively with the...

Israel Provoked This War -- Obama Must End It - Henry Siegman, Politico

The notion that it was Israel, not Hamas, that violated a cease-fire agreement will undoubtedly offend a wide swath of Israel supporters. To point out that it is not the first time...

Europe Must Deal with Russia on Its Own - Mary Dejevsky, The Guardian

In the new multipolar world, with the US sometimes on the sidelines, EU unity is essential for its approach to Russia....

Shooting an Elephant in Burma - Shannon Gormley, Ottawa Citizen

Just as Burma posed a threat to the British colonial psyche in the last century, it poses one to the United States and allies today. But the Obama administration isn’t saving...

As the World Burns, America Shrugs - Robert Fulford, National Post

The world’s governments no longer worry as much as they once did about what Washington wants, partly because Washington doesn’t know what it wants. U.S. policy has become errat...

Bill de Blasio and the Two Italys - Alexander Stille, New York Daily News

Bill de Blasio won the mayoralty on a promise to attack New York City’s income inequality. Although the main purpose of his trip to Italy is to relax with family, he should k...

How the Mideast Peace Plan Died - Birnbaum & Tibon, New Republic

Kerry concocted a grand bargain. Under the deal, Israel would release the fourth tranche, free another 400 prisoners of its choosing, and halt all new settlement announcements thro...

The Price of Inaction in Ukraine - Garry Kasparov, Time

Obama and Europe chose not to stand up to Vladimir Putin -- now we're seeing the terrible toll....

We Are Living in Putin's World Now - Matthew Continetti, National Review

The heralds of the “post-American world” devote most of their songs to the wonders of the BRIC economies, the rise of a globally conscious, technologically savvy youth ...

The Kids Americans Left Behind in Philippines - Sauras & Lill, Narratively

Decades after they left the Philippines, shadows of the U.S. military loom over the misfit “Amerasian” offspring of long-departed servicemen and forgotten prostitutes....

America's War for the Greater Middle East - Andrew Bacevich, ND Mag

Since 1980, back when President Jimmy Carter promulgated the Carter Doctrine, the United States has been engaged in what we should rightfully call America’s War for the Greater M...

Does Obama Realize the Stakes in Gaza? - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

So long as Hamas thinks it can count on Israeli caution and pressure from the U.S. and the international community to ensure that it remains in control of the strip, the fighting w...

Downing of Jet Could Escalate Ukraine Crisis - Karen DeYoung, Wash Post

The downing of a Malaysian commercial airliner flying at 33,000 feet over Ukraine could dramatically broaden the Ukrainian crisis, even before it is determined who bears responsibi...

Obama's Incoherent MH17 Statement - Bryan Preston, PJ Media

Obama called for a cease-fire in the war in Ukraine. He also called for the crash site to be left intact so that evidence is not tampered with. The latter is already a dead lette...

Why Tehran Loves Iran Hawks - Zachary Keck, The Diplomat

However well-intentioned, Iran hawks in the U.S. threaten to advance Tehran’s nuclear agenda....

What's Happening to American Power? - John McLaughlin, Ozy

Power: It’s what Americans instinctively associate with their country’s role in the world. In fact, most Americans have grown up assuming that the United States is the ...

How the World Sees Obama - Bruce Stokes, Global Public Square

Beleaguered at home, U.S. President Barack Obama remains beloved in many nations abroad. And he is far more popular than his predecessor George W. Bush. But the bloom is definitely...

The West Has Drifted from Israel -- and Itself - Douglas Murray, Spectator

What I am coming to is that it seems to me — from many visits there, and seeing the country in peace and war — that it is Israel that remains the truly western country. It is I...

A New Iraq and a New Middle East - Hillel Fradkin & Lewis Libby, RCWorld

The Islamic State is murderously hostile to all its neighbors: Turkey, Syria, Baghdad, KRG, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Iran. As the newly proclaimed caliphate, it regards their regim...

Germany Goes Hunting for American Spies - Der Spiegel

The latest revelations of US spying on Germany have unleashed unprecedented levels of distrust in Berlin. The government has already expelled the CIA's chief here and may soon be p...

America, Let's Talk About War - Robert Kagan, Washington Post

U.S. needs a discussion on when, not whether, to use force...

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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 ...