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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's Dainty Syrian Moves Are Dangerous - Washington Times

The Obama administration’s determination to stay clear of the civil war in Syria, understandable but dangerous, is a tale of red lines drawn and then ignored as if they had n...

Only 3 Countries Have No Relations with U.S. - M. Schiavenza, Atlantic

On Wednesday, the United States and Cuba announced that they would reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, thus restoring diplomatic relations for the first time...

China Tramples Another Obama "Red Line" - M Thiessen, Washington Post

Remember how President Obama failed to enforce his “red line” in Syria? Well, it’s happening again — this time in cyberspace....

Reassessing Obama's Leadership - David Rothkopf, Foreign Policy

Perhaps right now, he is the president the United States needs — and with luck, his successor will fix what he could not....

What if U.S. Never Invaded Iraq? - Robert Farley, The National Interest

Every player of the popular video game Civilization knows to hit the save button before engaging in the risky, stupid invasion of foreign country. In the case of the 2003 invasion...

Only Two Issues Can Derail Iran Deal - Fred Kaplan, Slate

The Iran nuclear talks are about to be declared a success or a failure. Tuesday is the deadline for the negotiators to sign a deal. Officials on the various sides will play up each...

Obama's Critical Mistake on Ransom - Washington Post

PRESIDENT OBAMA’S wide-ranging review of U.S. policy toward the taking of hostages abroad has resulted in some useful adjustments in government organization and procedure, an...

U.S. Falls in World Happiness Rankings - Rachael Rettner, Live Science

Panama tops the rankings of the world's happiest countries for the second year in a row, according to a new report....

Pakistan: Lessons From U.S.-India Nuke Deal - Saira Bano, Diplomat

During the seventh round of the U.S.-Pakistan Security, Strategic Stability, and Nonproliferation (SSS&NP) working group earlier this month, Pakistan again demanded an India-styl...

What's Most Dangerous Threat to America? - Mark Katz, National Interest

In formulating its defense policy, the United States has to face four separate security challenges simultaneously: China, Russia, Iran, and Sunni jihadism. This is very different f...

Oren Agonistes - David Rothkopf, Foreign Policy

Israel's former ambassador to Washington has ignited a firestorm of controversy over his criticism of Barack Obama. Has he gone too far...or have his critics?...

Wake Up, Obama. Iran Is Not Rational - Michael Oren, Los Angeles Times

The question of whether Iran, run by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his ayatollahs, is a rational state goes to the very heart of the debate over its nuclear program and the negot...

How the Middle East Stomped on Obama's Heart - Michael Oren, FP

Days after jihadi gunmen slaughtered 11 staffers of the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a policeman on January 7, hundreds of thousands of French people marched in solidarity against Is...

Don't Blame Obama for ISIS - Tom Switzer, Lowy Interpreter

From presidential candidates to conservative pundits to centre-right think tanks, the argument goes like this: when George W Bush left office in 2009, Iraq was largely at peace. Bu...

Line U.S. Shouldn't Cross in South China Sea - Haotian Qi, TNI

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter recently proposed more-assertive military options for the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea (SCS). The new policy would dispatch U.S....

Can Obama Even Decide Who Our Allies Are? - Dana Rohrabacher, WSJ

If the president must lead from behind, could he at least get behind someone who wants to win the war against Islamic extremism?...

Stage Set for an Obama Foreign Policy Triumph - David Rothkopf, FP

While national security policy continues to flounder, real progress is being made on the economic front....

U.S. Hegemony Is Here to Stay - Salvatore Babones, National Interest

IS RETREAT from global hegemony in America’s national interest? No idea has percolated more widely over the past decade—and none is more bogus. The United States is not headed ...

What American Tourists Look Like to Foreigners - Jessica Phelan, GP

Dear America, Hi. It’s the rest of the world here. You’ve probably heard of us. The 38 percent of you who have a passport might even know us, at least a little....

Obama Leaves US Defenseless in Cyberspace - John Bolton, LA Times

The recent cyberattack on U.S. government personnel records shows Washington remains unprepared in cyberspace....

Why Does Obama Want This Trade Deal So Bad? - W Finnegan, New Yorker

The political battle over the enormous, twelve-nation trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership keeps getting stranger. President Obama has made the completion of the ...

U.S. Can't Import Scandinavian Model - Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View

Ah, Scandinavia, Nordic paradise. Nowhere else seems to so easily combine a very progressive welfare state with high levels of growth. It's no surprise, then, that it is the darlin...

Russia & America: Toward a New Detente - Leslie Gelb, TNI

WITH THE Cold War’s demise, the menacing Russia that long loomed over Europe seemed to vanish. The Russia of 1992 was just a fragment of its historic self in military punch a...

Obama Confronts the Reality of ISIS - Mark Thompson, Time

President Obama rattled off a list of what has gone wrong in the U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria during a wrap-up press conference Monday followi...

Obama's Deadly Middle Eastern Modesty - Economist

America has learnt the hard way that it cannot fix the problems of the Middle East. But Barack Obama’s deliberate neglect risks making them all worse....

Obama Dithers, the Worst Befalls Syria - Noah Rothman, Commentary

In a wild tactical shift, Bashar al-Assad’s air force is reportedly conducting raids in support of ISIS. As the Islamic State’s forces advance on the anti-Assad rebel-h...

U.S. & Germany Must Rebuild Trust - Donfried & Ischinger, Der Spiegel

Germany and the United States have close relations politically, but ties between our people are drifting as a result of NSA spying, the report on CIA torture and the planned T...

Obama Bets It All on the Mullahs - Jonathan Alter, Daily Beast

The president looks to secure his legacy with a deal that would prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power. But can he stave off the hawks both here and in Tehran?...

Avoiding Conflict in the South China Sea - Joseph Nye, Proj. Syndicate

When a US Navy P8-A surveillance aircraft recently flew near Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, it was warned eight times by the Chinese Navy to leave ...

Why Principles Have no Place in Foreign Policy - Musa al-Gharbi, WQ

“Grand Strategies” are great for winning elections, but they’re terrible for governing....

Obama Got China Right, But It's Too Late - Andrew Peek, Observer

For all the complaints about Barack Obama’s leadership of the free world—that he’s too hesitant, too risk-averse, too passive in the face of danger—he has n...

Sorry, But Obama Did Not Lose Iraq - Lawrence Korb, National Interest

Here are the men that did......

Obama Even Defends Anti-Semitism to Spin Iran Deal - T. Badran, NOW

It's not every day that you hear President Barack Obama explain away rank bigotry. But in a recent interview, he did just that. "The fact that you are anti-Semitic," Obama said of ...

Obama's Policy Will Keep the Sirens Blaring in Israel - Ben Avni, NY Post

Perhaps the Ayatollah’s vows to “cure” the “cancer” that is Israel will stop, too. Obama believes so. As he told Goldberg, “The fact that the su...

If You Want a Dominant Iran, Back Obama - Michael Doran, Mosaic

The president’s address last week to Congregation Adas Israel as “an honorary member of the tribe” was something other than it seemed....

In Germany, Anti-Americanism Goes on Display - Alex Berezow, RCW

I will never forget my first trip to Germany. My father-in-law was at the wheel as we drove across the Polish border into the German state of Brandenburg. The countryside highway ...

China in South China Sea: A U.S. Response - J. Randy Forbes, TNI

For decades, Chinese leaders have followed Deng Xiaoping’s strategy of “hiding one’s capacities and biding one’s time.”  Since Xi Jinping came to...

How Badly Can U.S.-Israel Ties Fray? - Aaron David Miller, RealClearWorld

Rarely have I seen a pair of leaders who, for reasons of personal and policy differences, seem so unable to work out a consistent and functional way of cooperating. This duo has bi...

Obama, Anti-Semitism, and Iran - Walter Russell Mead, American Interest

In a long and searching interview with President Obama that appeared in the Atlantic over the weekend, Jeffrey Goldberg asked President Obama whether the virulent and frequently ex...

Will Obama Be Churchill or Chamberlain? - Bob Feferman, Jerusalem Post

It was a grave mistake for the P5+1 to disconnect Iran's belligerent behavior from the negotiations over its nuclear program....

Obama's Foreign Policy Has Been, Well, Fine - M. O'Hanlon, Brookings

By the standards he has set out for himself, President Barack Obama's foreign policy has fallen considerably short of expectations and aspirations. By the standards of his critics,...

Obama's Deep Concerns over Iran, Israel - Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic

On Tuesday afternoon, as President Obama was bringing an occasionally contentious but often illuminating hour-long conversation about the Middle East to an end, I brought up a pers...

How David Cameron Shrunk the Kingdom - Jon Foreman, Politico EU

During the British general election Ed Miliband scored a hit that few noticed. In a speech at Chatham House he accused David Cameron of pursuing an “isolationist” foreign pol...

Iraq Is Not Iran, and This Is Not 2003 - Bobby Jindal, National Review

Instead of rehashing the Iraq War, let’s face today’s much more serious threat from Iran....

Other People's Armies and How Obama Uses Them - David Rothkopf, FP

In 1914, Louis D. Brandeis produced a collection of essays called Other People’s Money And How the Bankers Use It. It was an attack on the financial power elite that helped p...

Ramadi's Fall, Obama's Strategy, Iraq's Future - Bloomberg View

Islamic State's capture of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Sunni Muslim heartland, may well lead to the unraveling of President Barack Obama's Iraq strategy. More important, however,...

Worrying Rise of Anti-China Sentiment in U.S. - D. Chen, Diplomat

There is no doubt that U.S.-China relations are entering a new period of tensions given reports that the United States is considering the possibility of sending nava...

Why Cubans Are Still Fleeing to America - The Economist

A CURIOUS asymmetry exists across the 90-mile (150km) Straits of Florida that divide Cuba from the United States. This month American businessmen won permission from their governme...

Obama the Nuclear Proliferator - Jerusalem Post

centerpiece of US President Barack Obama’s foreign policy agenda has been nonproliferation. But with Saudi Arabia more than just threatening to acquire nuclear capability &ld...

U.S. Allies Know Obama's Word Is Worthless - New York Post

Arab leaders seemed less than impressed with President Obama’s pledge of an “ironclad commitment to the security of our Gulf partners.”...

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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

Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle and U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono are facing each other in the first of fiv...

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Pine Bluff Mayor Carl Redus Jr. has filed a lawsuit that seeks to stop the November mayoral election...

Longoria promises 'no empty chairs'

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