Obama's back-to-work challenge

Washington - It's "back to school" week for President Obama, after what a CNN analyst called "the vacation from Hell." So perhaps it's a good time to examine what's been going wrong for Obama recently and whether he can fix it. The common complaint of late is that Obama is "disengaged." This has always been somewhat of an issue... weiter


Mulling a Ukraine policy

Aspen, Colo. - At the public kickoff of a discussion here about U.S. policy toward Russia and Ukraine, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates joked that his favorite definition of diplomacy was "petting a dog and saying 'nice doggie' until you can find a rock." Sometimes U.S. global strategy can be as haphazard as that... weiter


Confronting a new enemy

Washington - When Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his terrorist Islamic State, he ignored a warning from Osama bin Laden that jihadists should be cautious about establishing a caliphate too quickly. In torching a firestorm in Iraq and Syria, Baghdadi has united his enemies and given them a target to attack, just as bin Laden predicted... weiter


Time for Netanyahu to make peace

Washington - Now it's Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's turn to show that he has the vision and leadership to build a durable cease-fire that could empower moderate Palestinian moderates and begin building a pathway from the hell on earth that is Gaza. Many people, including me, sharply criticized U.S... weiter


John Kerry's big blunder

Washington - Secretary of State John Kerry has made a significant mistake in how he's pursuing a Gaza cease-fire - and it's not surprising that he has upset both the Israelis and some moderate Palestinians. Kerry's error has been to put so much emphasis on achieving a quick halt to the bloodshed that he has solidified the role of Hamas... weiter


Rebuilding a spy partnership

Washington - 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 NSA on surveillance activities. But after a high-level meeting in Berlin this week, this long-standing but veiled cooperation may have a firmer legal and... weiter

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