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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 U.S. Is the Indispensable Peacemaker in Ukraine - George Bovt, MT

When pragmatic negotiators in Minsk left two days free before the start of the cease-fire in Ukraine, both sides exploited that opportunity to continue the fighting. Pro-Russian se...

Obama's Five Mideast Blunders - Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

By 2011, the U.S. had cut way back its dependence on Middle Eastern gas and oil imports, which in turn gave American diplomats a measure of immunity from petro-blackmail, and the...

The Jewish Diaspora Contracts - Joel Kotkin, Orange County Register

Recent anti-Semitic events – from France and Belgium to Argentina – are accelerating the relentless shrinking of the Jewish Diaspora. Once spread virtually throughout t...

A False Choice Between Force and weak Diplomacy - Will Marshall, The Hill

Thanks to determined diplomacy by Germany and France, Russia agreed Wednesday to a new cease-fire in Ukraine, to begin Sunday. But German Chancellor Angela Merkel was anything but ...

Countering Putin's Grand Strategy - Robert Kaplan, Wall Street Journal

With Europe weak and distracted, and Mr. Putin stoking nationalism in the midst of an economic crisis at home, only the U.S. can be the organizing principle for strengthening the I...

Islam and the West at War - Roger Cohen, New York Times

Over the more than 13 years since Al Qaeda attacked America on 9/11, we have seen trains blown up in Madrid, the Tube and a bus bombed in London, Western journalists beheaded, the ...

Obama Stumbled into the Right Syria Policy - Ian Bremmer, FT

America’s values demand that Washington offer what it can to help those who need assistance. American interests require that Washington keep its distance from wars it can&rsq...

Can Obama Succeed Where Carter, Ford Failed? - S. Purcell, The European

On December 17, 2014, President Barack Obama announced that he had made an executive decision to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba. The stated reason for his reversal of mor...

Obama Fears Netanyahu's Plain Talk - Washington Times

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells it like it is, clear and plain with the bark on, and sometimes says things that politicians in Israel and other places know is true ...

Obama the Appeasement Crusader - Charles Krauthammer, National Review

His secretary of defense says “the world is exploding all over.” His attorney general says that the threat of terror “keeps me up at night.” The world bears...

The Weak ISIS War Obama Would Fight - New York Sun

To judge by the early reports President Obama’s declaration of war against the Islamic State is going to be a disappointing document. He doesn’t want to stand on princi...

Obama's Expansive War Authorization Request - New York Times

Nearly five months after launching a war against the Islamic State, in Iraq and Syria, the Obama administration has gotten around to requesting formal authorization from Congress t...

Realism in the Fight Against ISIS - M. Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations

Just as Presidents Bush and Obama previously vowed to “eliminate” or “destroy” several militant or terrorist organizations, and failed completely each time,...

Why America Lacks Europe's Islamism Problem - James Poulos, The Week

Allow me to stereotype Americans for a moment. Unlike Europeans, we think we live in what's still a very "new" world. It's unburdened by the past in a way Europe can't be. Our hist...

Islamist Terror Is not Random - David Harsanyi, The Federalist

Acknowledging who the victims of Islamic terrorism are means acknowledging its motivations...

We Can Only Guess at Obama's Goal in Iran Talks - Jerusalem Post

Mead, Doran, and others may or may not be right. There is very little to go on. What we do know is that during negotiations with Iran, the P5+1, led by America, has shown a worryin...

Obama's Foreign Policy Puts Ideology over Strategy - E. Abrams, Mosaic

resident Obama’s foreign policy cannot be understood or defended as an effort to advance American national interests as they are normally understood. By any usual definition—s...

Obama's Propaganda Victory for Islamists - Marc Thiessen, Wash. Post

President Obama was not the only one excoriating the Crusaders last week. “The criminal Crusader coalition aircraft bombarded a site outside the city of ar-Raqqah today at ...

This Administration Doesn't Get It - Shia Altman, Times of Israel

It is Rice and her boss who are missing the sense of perspective. So in other words, unless there is some country or force that can possibly physically destroy the US, nothing els...

Obama Gives ISIS a Propaganda Boost - Marc Thiessen, Washington Post

President Obama was not the only one excoriating the Crusaders last week. “The criminal Crusader coalition aircraft bombarded a site outside the city of ar-Raqqah today at noon w...

Strategic Patience Has Limits - Kori Schake, Foreign Policy

The White House released its long-overdue National Security Strategy (NSS) on Friday. Criticisms of the administration’s leadership failures have clearly gotten under the White H...

Can U.S. and China Redefine Great Power Relations? - K. Rudd, HuffPo

EIJING -- I have watched carefully the evolution of China's concept of a "New Type of Great Power Relationship." This has been a core element of President Xi Jinping's foreign poli...

What Cuba Has Cost the World - Carlos Alberto Montaner, RealClearWorld

Cuban leader Raul Castro has presented to U.S. President Barack Obama a set of conditions to re-establish diplomatic relations. Among those conditions, Castro demands compensation ...

Obama Has no Red Lines on Iran - Abraham Ben-Zvi, Israel Hayom

It seems U.S. President Barack Obama wants an agreement with Iran as a "legacy achievement," which he could use as evidence to claim that he stabilized, at least partially, the tur...

Obama: We Will Continue to Move Slow - Gopal Ratnam, Foreign Policy

Critics of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy have for years assailed his administration for responding too slowly to crises ranging from Syria to Russia. In a far-reach...

German-Americans: The Silent Minority - The Economist

ON A snow-covered bluff overlooking the Sheboygan river stands the Waelderhaus, a faithful reproduction of an Austrian chalet. It was built by the Kohler family of Wisconsin in the...

Remember the Stakes in Israel-U.S. Relations - Nimrod Noy, Jerusalem Post

The constant talk of a political horizon, the demand to take political initiative, and the development of feelings of guilt that we haven't done enough are all Western ailments tha...

The Rape of Ukraine - Rich Lowry, New York Post

In his State of the Union Address, President Obama touted his Ukraine strategy as a demonstration of “the power of American strength and diplomacy.” Word of this stirring suc...

Obama Does Have a Strategy - Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Far from being chaotic, current U.S. foreign policy is consistent, logical, and based on four pillars of belief....

Democrats Rebel Against Obama's Foreign Policy - Jackson Diehl, WaPo

For more than two years, a breach has been opening between President Obama and the foreign policy establishment of the Democratic Party. Last week, as Russia pressed a new offensiv...

The State of the U.S. Pivot to Asia - Curtis Chin, JoongAng Daily

The critical point remains: America matters to Asia, but Asia also matters to America....

How Netanyahu and Obama Fell Out - Michael Crowley, Politico

Israel and the United States call themselves the strongest of allies, and in many ways they are. But the White House’s latest rebuke of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netany...

America's Anti-Israel President - Peter Wehner, Commentary

But the problem goes much deeper than a personality clash. President Obama is, quite simply, anti-Israel. In every conceivable situation and circumstance, the president and his aid...

World to Obama: Are You Listening? - J. DeMint & J.J. Carafano, RCWorld

It's safe to assume that many, if not most, world leaders were quite curious to hear what the leader of the free world had to say, and our nation's friends and allies must have tur...

Obama Cozies Up to the Saudis - Fred Kaplan, Slate

President Obama’s hasty trip to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday—cutting short his time in India and summoning an unusually large entourage, including his secretary of state and...

China's Period of Strategic Opportunity Ends - K. Brown, The Diplomat

Three-quarters of the way into this era of “strategic opportunity,” and we might argue that this period has already come to an end. Economically and geopolitically, the China o...

Obama Turns a Page in a Book of Fairy Tales - W. Kristol, Weekly Standard

Otto von Bismarck may never have said what’s often ascribed to him: “There is a special Providence for drunkards, fools, and the United States of America.” But he...

The Top 5 Mistakes in Obama's Cuba Policy - CA Montaner, RealClearWorld

What Obama thinks will be part of his legacy - full and cordial relations with a military dictatorship - might turn into a nightmare. For now, it is a terrible mistake, one that no...

Dear President, Iran Will Only Break your Heart - Aaron David Miller, FP

It’s probably too early to be thinking about Valentine’s Day. But here’s a half-serious romantic musing for you: Is U.S. President Barack Obama sweet on Tehran? L...

Draghi Opens the Money Tap - Kaj Leers, RealClearWorld

But can the effort succeed without that other important element, the stimulus spending? While Draghi finally pulls out the ECB bazooka to restart borrowing with a bang, he is looki...

White House: "Netanyahu Spat in our Faces" - Times of Israel staff

US says PM to pay a price for spat over Congress address; sources close to Kerry say his enthusiasm for defending Israel is waning....

Obama's Foreign Policy Muddle - Fred Kaplan, Slate

In such a strong, forthright speech as President Obama’s next-to-last State of the Union address Tuesday night, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the foreign policy section was b...

Republicans Trying to Break U.S. Foreign Policy - Max Fisher, Vox

House Speaker John Boehner has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to a joint session of Congress in February, on the topic of Iran. On the surface, this mig...

Neither Russia Nor the US Can Win in Ukraine - Vasily Kashin, Moscow Times

A little more than 100 years ago, the assassinations carried out by a Serbian terrorist and the subsequent Austrian ultimatum to Serbia led to the start of World War I. However, th...

Obama's Mission Unaccomplished - Kate Brannen, Foreign Policy

President Barack Obama has long used State of the Union addresses to boast that he has fulfilled a central promise from his 2008 campaign: ending what he once derided as a “dumb ...

Obama Refuses to Call Islamic Terror by Its Name - T. Friedman, NYT

I’ve never been a fan of global conferences to solve problems, but when I read that the Obama administration is organizing a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism for Feb. 18, i...

If Only the U.S. Had such Power - Richard Morningstar, Atlantic Council

More and more conspiracy theorists believe that the United States has so much power that it can wield its insidious hand to dictate everything from world oil prices to fomenting un...

Iran's End Game in Nuclear Talks - Heiser & Fakhravar, RealClearWorld

As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif met in Geneva last week to discuss ways to expedite negotiations over Iran's nuclear program...

British Hypocrisy on Terror and Freedom - Freddy Gray, National Interest

The British, like the Americans, have good reasons to doubt the sincerity of their leaders’ commitment to free speech. In the hours following the attack on the satirical Fren...

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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

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Longoria promises 'no empty chairs'

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