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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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Obama and His Generals Are at Odds - Eli Lake & Josh Rogin, Daily Beast

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...

Ukraine's Lonely Existential Struggle - Judith Miller, City Journal

In Donetsk and other towns and villages in the war-torn east, some 450 miles from the capital, fighting continued between Ukrainian-government and Russian-backed rebel forces, desp...

Obama's Reluctant Rush to War - Jonah Goldberg, National Review

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&...

U.S. Boots Are Already on the Ground Against IS - David Ignatius, WaPo

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...

U.S. on a Slippery Slope to War - New York Times

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...

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...

Republicans Can Win ISIS Debate With Bluster - Kevin Sullivan, The Week

While terrorism remains, according to Gallup data released this week, a relatively low priority for most Americans as compared to issues like the economy and immigration, its menti...

Tehran Keeps Chasing Nukes - John Bolton, Pittsburgh Tribune

ran's nuclear weapons program, now operating largely outside Barack Obama's attention span, is still making steady progress....

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...

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...

Cambodia's Foreign Policy Grand Strategy - Heng Sarith, The Diplomat

Cambodia needs to step up its foreign policy if it is to play a more active role in the region....

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's Next Move Againt Islamic State - Bloomberg

In his nationally televised speech last night, U.S. President Barack Obama had two main tasks: Describe clearly the threat from Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, and la...

Obama vs. Obama - New York Post

Critics on both the left and the right will pick apart the portions of the speech they dislike. But the most daunting challenge to the president’s new way forward does not come...

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...

Tough on Isis? Iran Senses Weakness - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

After weeks of indecision, President Obama is finally, albeit in a limited manner, mustering U.S. strength to respond to the challenge from ISIS terrorists. But at the same time,...

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...

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's ISIS Strategy Buoys Iran - Fabio Rafael Fiallo, RealClearWorld

In his May 28 speech at West Point, President Obama emphasized the need of “thinking through the consequences” when engaging in acts of war. That commendable precept, however, ...

The End of Obama's Half-Heartedness? - Leon Wieseltier, TNR

Obama has failed in his attempt to slip away from history and its viciousness. The arc has snapped back in his face. It will not let him alone. And so the president is going into...

ISIS Strategy Needs to Hit Syria - Roger Zakheim, National Review

On Wednesday, President Obama will address the nation to outline his long-delayed strategy to defeat the Islamic State. Here’s what we can reasonably predict about it: The pres...

Can Obama's Foreign Policy Be Saved? - David Rothkopf, Foreign Policy

In seeking to sidestep the pitfalls that plagued Bush, Obama has inadvertently created his own. Yet unlike Bush, whose flaw-riddled first-term foreign policy was followed by impo...

Obama's Military Options Against ISIS - Mark Thompson, Time

“You are no longer fighting an insurgency,” the masked killer belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria said in the video purporting to show the beheading of U.S. jour...

Obama Fighting a 2-Front War, Like Rome - Michael Auslin, Politico

For many years, the world’s greatest power faced two grave external threats: from irregular groups of non-state actors and from large, newly empowered, rising states that wan...

Could IS Bring Russia, U.S. Together? - Roland Dannreuther, MT

The start of a fragile cease-fire in Ukraine opens up the potential for some limitation of the dangerous escalation in tensions between Russia an...

Obama's Anti-ISIS Coalition No Sure Thing - D. Francis, Fiscal Times

President Obama is dispatching Secretary of State John Kerry to the Middle East to recruit Sunni nations there to join the fight against ISIS, a tall order in a part of the worl...

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 ...

What Syria Fiasco Means for Iran, Gaza - Seth Mandel, Commentary

To say President Obama badly needed a foreign-policy win is an understatement. And there were decent odds he’d eventually get one: as sports fans tend to say about a batter in ...

Does Obama Have the Goods to Beat ISIS? - Linda Chavez, Boston Herald

President Obama, in the past, has demonstrated a way with written words, and he’s done so again, this time in a joint op-ed with British Prime Minister David Cameron for the Lond...

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 ...

Pushing Back Against Putin - John Bolton, Weekly Standard

Vladimir Putin’s efforts to establish hegemony over Ukraine may now have reached a decisive point both for the balance of power in Central and Eastern Europe and for the NATO all...

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...

Why They Still Hate Us, 13 Years Later - Fareed Zakaria, Wash. Post

Watching the gruesome execution videos, I felt some of the same emotions I did after 9/11. Barbarism is designed to provoke anger, and it succeeded. But in September 2001, it also ...

North Korea Is Ready to Talk - Seattle Times

Kenneth Bae and two other Americans remain trapped in North Korea, but new prison interviews represent an opportunity for diplomacy and the easing of tensions in the region....

Obama Stronger on Terror Than He Sounds - J. Goldberg, Bloomberg

To acknowledge that Obama's rhetoric, and the all-over-the-map statements made lately by members of the U.S. national security apparatus, have not inspired awe, is not to say tha...

Obama's Big Commitment to Eastern Europe - David Frum, Atlantic

President Obama forcefully assured Estonians—and all NATO’s new allies—that waging war on them meant waging war on the United States. “[T]he defense of Tallinn and Riga and...

This Is What Happens When U.S. Doesn't Act - John Podhoretz, NYP

This is what it looks like in a vacuum: Slaughter. Mayhem. Chaos. This is what it looks like when the Leader of the Free World decides America would be better off if the United St...

Big Holes in Obama's Mideast Strategy - Washington Post

  President Obama again appeared to dismiss the conflicts of the Middle East at a fundraiser Friday, saying the region has “been challenging for quite a while” and that “t...

Whatever U.S. Does, Arabic Twitter Hates It - Joshua Keating, Slate

Is anti-Americanism motivated by specific U.S. policies or a more generalized antipathy to American culture? Do people who hate U.S. foreign policy also hate Americans?...

Obama in Denial on Terror Threat - Benny Avni, New York Post

President Obama calls the Islamic State “cancer.” Yet, as he told reporters Thursday, “we don’t have a strategy yet” to combat the malignancy. And it isn’t just IS. W...

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...

Don't Cede Ukraine - Washington Post

Mr. Obama has publicly ruled out — again, with gratuitous clarity — using force to defend Ukraine, and some European members of NATO balk at supplying lethal aid. But Russia...

How Obama's Non-Strategy Works - Leon Hadar, American Conservative

Foreign-policy experts and pundits in Washington are up in arms, ready to go to war—that is, send someone else to fight in the Middle East—and cannot believe that Presi...

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Longoria promises 'no empty chairs'

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