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Obama and His Generals Are at Odds

Eli Lake & Josh Rogin, Daily Beast

Obama's Reluctant Rush to War

Jonah Goldberg, National Review

The White House is seeking to gloss over the rift between the president and his top general, but it is clear that just below the waterline Obama is not on the same page as the comm...(full article)

By all means, let’s destroy the Islamic State, but let’s talk about it first. We are in a very strange place right now. President Obama is rushing into a war he doesn&...(full article)

Here’s a national-security riddle: How can President Obama provide limited military support on the ground to help “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State without f...(full article)

If there is any lesson to be taken from recent military conflicts, it is how easily the country can slip into an intractable war, with consequences that cannot be fully foreseen, a...(full article)

Sitting in a gilded room at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Paris, Kerry sounded irritated at the media’s focus on air strikes and ground forces. “The military...(full article)

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Iraq Is Becoming America's Gaza - Leon Hadar, The American Conservative

During Israel’s recent war with Hamas, which took place at the same time as the Islamic State was conducting its barbaric campaign in Mesopotamia and the Levant, Prime Minist...

Iran and U.S. Are Allies But Can't Admit It - Joshua Keating, Slate

We are in an era of unacknowledged invasions. In military operations ranging from Russia’s incursion into eastern Ukraine to the activities of Iranian military advisers in Iraq...

Beating ISIS Requires U.S. Combat Troops - John Bolton, NY Post

It’s time to confront the unambiguous reality that destroying ISIS — which even Obama says is (ultimately) his goal — urgently requires American combat troops on the ground...

More than Shock and Awe Needed in Iraq - T. Karon, The National

If Mr Obama’s declaration of limited war sounded a little unconvincing, it fits with a theme: the days when US megaphone diplomacy might prompt an adversary to think twice ar...

Obama Needs Consent of Congress for War - Albert R. Hunt, Bloomberg

Dismantling and destroying the well-funded jihadist group that controls large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria won't be easy or quick. As dysfunctional as Congress is, such da...

Are We at War? - Amy Davidson, The New Yorker

The executive branch seems to believe that it can ignore restraints on pursuing what looks very much like a war by denying that it is one, while avoiding checks on constitutionally...

After Beheading, Britain Must Keep Its Cool - The Guardian

The killing of Mr Haines was not an act of revenge. It was an act of provocation. Like the two murders of the American journalists, it was designed to frighten and to inflame....

An Alliance With Assad Is Grim but Needed - Simon Heffer, Daily Mail

Of course, Assad is a monster, but such is the threat of the Islamic State to this country’s security, with jihadis returning here intent on murder and mayhem, that we should...

Barack Obama's Stunning Turnaround - The Economist

When he proudly declared in 2011 that America’s war in Iraq would soon be over, Mr Obama can hardly have imagined that, three years later, public opinion would oblige him to ...

Three Numbers That Show Difficulty of Beating IS - Zack Beauchamp, Vox

Obviously, there are quite a few things that make the crisis in Iraq and Syria complicated. But there are three really important features of the ISIS crisis that make it especially...

U.S. Must Force Assad Out of Power - Fred Hof, New Republic

The essential problem that has permitted the Islamic State to roam freely in parts of Iraq and Syria amounting in size to New England is state failure in both places....

The Real Anti-IS Coalition - Verda Ozer, Hurriyet Daily News

Since the foundation of a “core coalition” including Turkey was announced at the NATO Summit last week, we are all wondering what this “coalition” means, wh...

The Long Battle Against the Islamic State - John McLaughlin, Ozy

The crisis with the Islamic State is just beginning. This is the main conclusion to take away from President Barack Obama’s speech to the nation Wednesday night. The next pha...

America Doesn't Need Another Dumb War - Rosa Brooks, Foreign Policy

According to the latest Washington Post poll, 59 percent of Americans think that IS poses a "very serious threat to the vital interests of the United States." They didn't think thi...

Obama, the Reluctant Leader - David Brooks, New York Times

The defining characteristic of a reluctant leader is that he is self-divided. He feels compelled to do things he’d rather not do. This self-division can come in negative and ...

Beware of Empowering Iran in IS Fight - David Ernst, The Federalist

The arguments for enabling the Shia Axis to do what must be done in the Middle East through a deft maneuver of Machiavellian-like statecraft are ostensibly compelling; unfortunatel...

IS Looks to Istanbul - Alev Scott & Alexander Christie-Miller, Newsweek

The Islamic State has sunk its tendrils deep into Turkey, a country that may now be in its firing line after being named as part of a Nato alliance to combat the jihadist group....

U.S. Needs to Get the Politics Right Against IS - Zack Beauchamp, Vox

There's a big problem with President Obama's new war against the Islamic State: it can't be defeated by military means alone. And the more Obama escalates, the more he runs the ris...

We Shouldn't Be Scared of ISIS - Nick Gillespie, The Daily Beast

As we prep for the next “smart war” engineered by Obama (he’s against “dumb wars,” remember, and lives by the credo “don’t do stupid shit”), it’s worth acknowle...

Obama's ISIS Strategy: What Could Go Wrong? - Fred Kaplan, Slate

There’s an air of tragedy about President Obama. He wants to chart a new course—pivot to the Pacific, end the long decade of war, do nation-building at home—but the old wor...

Obama Realizes: No Way Out of Mideast - Jeffrey Goldberg, Atlantic

President Obama—who will tell the country tonight that the U.S. is taking its air war against the psychotic, end-of-days Islamist terrorists of ISIS directly to their safe have...

Obama Offers Cheney-Lite - Jacob Heilbrunn, The National Interest

This was scarcely the speech that President Obama wanted to deliver. But it was a speech that he had next to no choice about delivering. Faced with the surging ISIL forces in Iraq ...

The President and the 'Wimp Factor' - Micah Zenko, Foreign Policy

More than ever, Americans think that President Barack Obama lacks toughness. He is "not tough enough" on foreign policy and national security, according to 54 percent in a Pew Rese...

Mr. Obama's Strategy - Washington Post

The twin crises in Ukraine and the Middle East are perhaps the most serious President Obama has faced. He has been spurred into action, but still hopes to balance his show of lead...

Obama Strategy Has No Chance of Success - Kagans, Weekly Standard

President Obama just announced that he is bringing a counter-terrorism strategy to an insurgency fight. He was at pains to repeat the phrase “counter-terror” four times in a...

Islamic State Is Reshaping Foreign Policy - E.J. Dionne, Washington Post

The emergence of the Islamic State and its barbaric beheadings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff have shaken public opinion again....

ISIS Threat Is to Middle East, Not U.S. - Joshua Keating, Slate

President Barack Obama is arguing for the necessity of destroying ISIS without making a strong case that it poses a threat to the U.S....

Obama Gives Bush Legacy New Life - Alan Philps, The National

The speech made by Barack Obama on Wednesday evening was one he hoped he would never have to make. Until now he had clung to the idea that his legacy in foreign affairs was simple:...

Against Terrorists, Less Is More - Joshua Rovner, The National Interest

The U.S. military is back in Iraq. The Obama administration is currently conducting airstrikes against ISIS militants and is slowly increasing the number of troops on the ground. ...

Hopes for Iraq's New Government - New York Times

The Iraqi Parliament put in place an important building block of an anti-ISIS strategy on Monday when it approved, in record time, a new power-sharing government led by Prime Min...

Confronting the ISIS Threat - New York Times

President Obama will need to explain to the nation with specificity how airstrikes against ISIS in Syria fit into a broader strategy; how they could be successful; how they might...

Resuming the 'Long War' - Michael Gerson, Washington Post

As the United States pivots back to the Middle East—in belated recognition that its enemies never pivoted from their intention to establish a territorial expression of radical ...

The Saudis Can Crush ISIS - Nawaf Obaid & Saud al-Sarhan, NY Times

As ISIS continues to grow, many commentators have been pointing to Saudi Arabia as the source of the group, and most assume that the United States is the only force that can stop ...

Destroy the 'Islamic State' - Washington Post

President Obama and top aides are now employing the “D” word — “destroy” — to describe U.S. objectives regarding the fanatical Middle Eastern force known as the Islamic...

Iraq's Kurdish Firewall - Michael Totten, World Affairs

I doubt the Kurds will get sucked into a war with Iraq’s Shia population, but it’s possible. What’s more striking about this and other recent developments is that Iraq’s ...

The Mideast's Black ISIS Humor - Siobhan O'Grady, Foreign Policy

In Lebanon, the popular, satiric Ktir Salbe Show recently released a sketch where a taxi driver picks up a jihadi and offers to turn off the air conditioning because it wasn't av...

Obama's Coalition of Frenemies - Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

The hardened rhetoric — and, more important, the expanded commitment it promises — came after the Islamic State beheaded two American journalists in Syria and brazenly dared ...

We Don't Know How Many Americans Are in ISIS - Eli Lake, Daily Beast

Senior officials have been giving wildly disparate estimates of how many Americans are fighting for ISIS—because U.S. intelligence doesn’t really know the answer to the...

Iran's Possible Role in Anti-IS Coalition - Joshua Keating, Slate

Any open acknowledgment of cooperation between the United States and Iran with regards to ISIS would likely make the U.S. Congress, hardliners in Tehran, and the Israeli government...

U.S.-Russia Split Aids Jihadists - Allison Quinn, Moscow Times

The Islamic State may practice a seventh-century version of Islam and have disavowed the Western lifestyle, but they're watching Russia and the U.S. engage in empty posturing over ...

The Approach That Can Defeat ISIS - Robert Scales, Washington Post

President Obama may be developing a strategy to confront the apocalyptic horrors of the Islamic State, but he already has a method, a gift of sorts from soldiers who have been figh...

Lightweight Leaders and a World in Crisis - Daily Mail

This was the week the free world’s most powerful leaders met in Britain, at a time of intense global instability – and decided there was little they were prepared to do...

Congress Demands a Vote on ISIS War - Josh Rogin, The Daily Beast

The latest apparent ISIS atrocity against an American citizen added to the congressional anger at the Obama administration for what many critics call an incomplete and unclear pl...

U.S.-Iran 'Strategic Relationship' a Bad Bargain - Kim Holmes, TNI

One of the lessons of statecraft is that mistakes tend to compound themselves. Good options disappear and bad ones proliferate. The hole is dug deeper because desperation convinc...

Stuck in the Dark Ages with No Way Out - Laila Ahmed, The Guardian

Since the fighters of Islamic State (Isis) swept into our city on 10 June, we have been living in a state of fear and limbo – fear of the brutality of Isis, and in limbo not kn...

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