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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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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...

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...

Obama's Foreign Policy Shortcomings - David Ignatius, Washington Post

When Attorney General Eric Holder says that the Islamic State that has taken root in Iraq and Syria poses a "deadly" threat, and that he has "extreme, extreme concern" about its bo...

Is Obama's Strategy on Iran Sound? - Walter Russell Mead, American Int.

While other items on President Obama’s foreign policy agenda have come and gone, his drive to coming to some kind of agreement with Iran over nuclear weapons has been remarkably ...

Another Foreign Policy Strikeout for Obama - Dana Milbank, Wash Post

President Obama has described his foreign-policy doctrine as an attempt to hit singles, doubles and the occasional home run. But at this stage of the game, it looks as though he ha...

Rick Perry's Stale Foreign Policy Arguments - Daniel Larison, AmCon Mag

Perry’s argument is the usual hawkish combination of threat inflation, fear-mongering, lazy references to “isolationism,” and stale Reagan nostalgia. He talks about a “prof...

What Would Reagan Do in Iraq? - Peter Beinart, The Atlantic

In today’s Republican Party, the most coveted endorsement a presidential candidate can receive is posthumous: from Ronald Reagan. Thus, it’s no surprise that potential ...

Generals Sour on Obama's Afghan Plan - Rogin & Dozier, The Daily Beast

The idea of pulling nearly all American troops out of Afghanistan in 2016 suddenly seems like pretty lousy, after so much of Iraq has collapsed under a similar scenario....

A Close Call, and a Warning, in Afghanistan - Max Boot, Commentary

The UN’s top representative in Kabul called it “not just a top-notch diplomatic achievement [but] close to a miracle.” But the only reason that miracle occurred is that, with...

Who's to Blame for Iraq? - John Bolton, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Iraq's descent into chaos has sparked a fierce, high-decibel debate over who is responsible, a debate that unfortunately overshadows the one we truly need about how to protect A...

Why the U.S. Spies on Germany - David Francis, The Fiscal Times

Lost in the controversy over American espionage on German targets is whether the spying is justified. Germany is an ally, but on a number of key issues, Germany’s foreign p...

Guatemalans Aren't Just Fleeing Gangs - Saul Elbein, New Republic

As Central Americans have begun streaming across our border seeking asylum, I've followed press accounts with an increasing sense of queasiness. There are, in the opinion pieces,...

Obama's Germany Syndrome - Edward Luce, Financial Times

When the president makes a promise, people are no longer inclined to take him at his word....

American Delusions Down Under - Joseph Stiglitz, Project Syndicate

Australia should be proud of its successes, from which the rest of the world can learn a great deal. It would be a shame if a misunderstanding of what has happened in the US, combi...

The U.S. Empire Is a Basket Case - Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch

From world empire to imperial basket case....

U.S., Russia and the Last Straw - Dmitri Trenin, Russia in Global Affairs

The Ukraine crisis was not an isolated spat or a tragic misunderstanding, but rather the last straw—for both sides. The failure to achieve an acceptable post–Cold War s...

Vietnam's Overdue Alliance with America - Tuong Lai, New York Times

The fundamental issue facing Vietnam today is to choose the right strategic partners. Japan, and to a lesser extent South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and other smaller Asian nations o...

Europe's Free Ride on the U.S. Gravy Train - James Joyner, Nat'l Interest

Recent Russian moves in Ukraine were the latest wake-up call for NATO's oldest members that they face real security threats. Will they step up to the plate?...

America's European President - Matthew Continetti, National Review

Like old Europe, we are aging, our birthrates are falling, our economy is sclerotic, our church attendance is declining, our discourse is undermined by sectarian and ethnic and rac...

Blame Obama for Border Influx - Charles Krauthammer, National Post

Why do they come? The administration pretends it’s because of violence and poverty. Nonsense. When has there not been violence and poverty in Central America? Yet this wave of c...

Why ISIS' Rise Should Worry Americans - Michael Mukasey, NY Daily News

Restoring the caliphate has been on the list of things to do for Islamists virtually from the fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1916. It was then that two European diplomats - Mark Syk...

Obama Must Take One for Tehran - James Traub, Foreign Policy

Why President Obama needs to stand up to the warmongers who want to kill the Iranian nuclear deal....

America's Dangerous $5 Trillion Bet - Harry Kazianis, National Interest

Over $5 Trillion dollars of goods move across the hotly disputed waters of the South China Sea on an annual basis—and China seems focused on turning the area into its special sph...

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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 ...