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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 Asia Won't Sanction Russia for MH17 - Zachary Keck, The Diplomat

The U.S. is pushing Asian nations to join it and the European Union in sanctioning Russia for the shooting down of MH17. It’s unlikely to have much success....

What Does $104B Buy You in Afghanistan? - Elias Groll, Foreign Policy

The Marshall Plan has now been knocked off its pedestal as America's most expensive nation-building project. Afghanistan now reigns supreme, having gobbled up $104 billion in Ameri...

A Place for Imperialism in U.S. Foreign Policy? - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

The point is to get away from abstractions and deal in the concrete world at the ground level. Journalists and historians are generally better at this than political scientists and...

The Cost of American Indifference - Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

The Obama administration often either denies any responsibility for the current global chaos or claims that it erupted spontaneously. Yet most of the mess was caused by, or made wo...

Don't Fear Jihadists Returning from Syria - Zaougui & Ostaeyen, NY Times

Highly organized, ISIS recruits foreign fighters via Twitter, publishes glossily produced propaganda videos, provides social services in the areas it controls and even issues annua...

Will the U.S. Really Defend Japan? - Paul Sracic, The Diplomat

If the unthinkable happens, and the dispute in the East China Sea between Japan and China over the Senkaku islands (called the Diaoyu islands by the Chinese) escalates into a milit...

Did NSA Snooping Hurt U.S. Image? Not So Much - Bruce Stokes, GPS

It is conventional wisdom among many pundits and opinion leaders that recent revelations of spying by the U.S. National Security Agency have deeply scarred America’s reputati...

Obama's Disastrous, Poll-driven Foreign Policy - Michael Young, National

Mr Obama’s pattern of avoidance in the world, his clear intention to put most of his energies into domestic American concerns, above all the economy, has come with a hefty pr...

U.S. in Mideast: Malice or Incompetence? - Adam Garfinkle, American Int.

John Kerry’s ceasefire proposal for Gaza has probably destroyed what remained of the United States’ influence in the Middle East, at least for the duration of this administrati...

Obama Plays Golf While the World Burns - Max Boot, Los Angeles Times

Nero fiddled while Rome burned. On Saturday, President Obama played golf while his foreign policy, and that of the nation he leads, was going up in smoke. Literally....

Europe's Nightmare: U.S. vs. Russia ... Again - Dmitri Trenin, Nat'l Interest

Russia is learning to live in a new harsh environment of U.S.-led economic sanctions and political confrontation with the United States. More than five months after the change of r...

Barack Obama Is Not Israel's Enemy - Haaretz

One can argue about the degree of sophistication the president has displayed during the current crisis, but there is no reason to doubt his friendship and desire to bring an end to...

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...

Why Is the World Becoming Such a Nasty Place? - V.D. Hanson, PJ Media

The U.S. looks at the current global violence and then looks away, after a call for a “pivot” or a flash card calling for Boko Haram to give back the girls it has enslaved. O...

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...

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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 ...