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The lessons of Iowa

Washington - Who will win the Republican and Democratic nominations is still anyone's guess, but the Iowa caucus voters defined three themes that are likely to roll through the rest of this year's campaign: alienation, disruption and resilience. Let me unpack those words. Our political system has been shaken by the anger of middle-class voters who... weiter




ruthless adversary

Defeating the Islamic State will be a long war

Tampa, Fla. - There's a scary disconnect between the somber warnings you hear privately from military leaders about the war against the Islamic State and the glib debating points coming from Republican and Democratic politicians. The politicians fulminate about defeating the terrorists, but they don't talk much about the costs or sacrifices that... weiter




Russian-American cooperation

Our awkward alliance with Russia1

Washington - Russia is emerging as an essential diplomatic and security partner for the U.S. in Syria, despite the Obama administration's opposition to Moscow's support for President Bashar al-Assad. Russian-American cooperation on Syria now includes regular diplomatic, military and intelligence contacts... weiter





regional tensions

Saudi Arabia's fragile state1

Washington - "Fragile" is the word that journalist Karen Elliott House used to describe Saudi Arabia in her 2012 book about the country. "Observing Saudi Arabia is like watching a gymnast dismount the balance beam in slow motion," she wrote. The world holds its breath wondering if the Saudis "will nail the landing or crash to the mat... weiter




anti-Muslim diatribes

Trump's rhetoric will live in infamy

Atlanta - Nobody knows where Donald Trump will stand six months from now in this bizarre Republican presidential campaign. But you can predict with some confidence how his recent anti-Muslim diatribes will look in a decade or two, unless Trump manages to rewrite the Constitution itself. American politics, like most things... weiter




Arab world

The big hole in Obama's Islamic State strategy

Washington - At the center of President Obama's strategy for dealing with the Islamic State is an empty space.  It's supposed to be filled by a hypothetical "Sunni ground force," but after more than a year of effort, it's still not there. Unless this gap is filled, Obama's plan won't work. Otherwise... weiter





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