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Peggy Noonan on Torture

Steven Shiffrin | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Steven Shiffrin

In her Saturday Wall Street Journal column, Peggy Noonan insists that the Senate torture report should not have been published, but instead reserved for public officials. She apparently regrets that the world will think less of us. Nonetheless, Noonan is ultimately right to maintain that the Senate document is partisan.

Friday Talking Points -- Don't Panic

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

That headline, of course, quotes the cover to the fictional Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: "Don't Panic." This week, it seems like timely advice, as the news media and American politicians go into full-blown panic mode over one death and two illnesses within the United States.

David Ignatius: Obama's Policy On The Islamic State 'Has Been Correct'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics

Washington Post columnist David Ignatius came to the defense of President Barack Obama's approach to Islamic State militants in an opinion piece publi...

Is the Turkish-Israeli Rapprochement for Real?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The two states' shared economic and security interests have created an unusual dynamic that permits both to extend an open hand, as well as a clenched fist.

Turkey Is Not Turning Away From the West

Harun Yahya | Posted 10.24.2013 | World
Harun Yahya

Turkey exports love instead of hatred, union instead of division and reconciliation instead of enmity to the region and in this way, it will continue to maintain its place in the region.

Turkey Telling on Israeli Mossad Agents: No Loyalties in the Intelligence Cesspool

Haggai Carmon | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Haggai Carmon

Did Turkey give Iran the names of Israeli Mossad agents allegedly operating in Turkey? If true -- and the public is unlikely to find out any time soon -- then Turkey breached one of fundamental unwritten rules of ethics in the lawless no-rules game of espionage.

David Ignatius And Barham Salih On The Future Of Democracy In The Middle East

Posted 06.27.2013 | Impact

TIME: 4:40p-5:40p EST The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg speaks in conversation with the Washington Post’s David Ignatius and Barham Salih, the fo...

David Ignatius, Civics Expert

Barry Eisler | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics
Barry Eisler

We should oppose torture because it's wrong, but it's irrelevant whether it's illegal? And "President Obama was right to ban torture"? Well then, shouldn't the president also ban rape, murder, arson, and embezzlement?

What Happens When They Get Drones?

Steve Clemons | Posted 08.01.2012 | Books
Steve Clemons

David Ignatius' latest novel, Bloodmoney: A Novel of Espionage, has recently appeared in paperback and should be required reading for wannabe strategists who want a glimpse of how messy and convulsive the future is probably going to be.

Michael Calderone

Iran Nuclear Coverage Echoes Iraq War Media Frenzy | Michael Calderone | Posted 02.21.2012 | Media

NEW YORK -- Military strikes expected! Weapons inspectors called in! A murky al Qaeda connection! And Cheney says time's up for Ira... Wait. Haven'...

So You Want a Career in Intelligence: The Real Reading List

Alma Katsu | Posted 11.21.2011 | DC
Alma Katsu

Intelligence work has its own particular demands and a unique culture. I often thought aspirants would be better served if we could give them a taste of what the job was really like.

The Terrorist and the Terror Watch List

Cliff Schecter | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

It is perversely ironic that the same week we finally got our man in Pakistan, we learned that 90% of those on the Terror Watch List since 2005 have successfully purchased guns.

David Ignatius: Obama 'Seriously Considering' New Middle East Peace Plan

Washington Post | David Ignatius | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Despite recent turbulence in U.S. relations with Israel, President Obama is "seriously considering" proposing an American peace plan to resolve the Pa...

Afghanistan -- Not Necessary

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sen. Fritz Hollings

Are we to ask GIs to lay down their lives for "an improvement in governance" in Afghanistan? Is this kind of war necessary? After eight years of trying?

Did President Obama's Outreach 'Embolden' Iran's Hardliners?

Matthew Duss | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matthew Duss

The steady takeover of key Iranian state institutions by the hardline faction that supports Ahmadinejad, and is favored by Khamenei, has been occurring for over a decade.

Erdogan, Peres, and the Soufflés of Davos

Sandy Tolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sandy Tolan

In conclusion, allow me to emphasize that if your nation wants to join the ranks of the civilized (read: European Union, with Israel as a kind of honorary member), it would be incumbent upon you to observe the rules of engagement in future Davos fora.

What the CIA Doesn't Need You to Know

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Keith Thomson

CIA Director Michael Hayden is taking significant steps to soften critics of the CIA's overclassification and other obfuscations -- and perhaps even to rekindle America's confidence in the Agency.

David Ignatius Presents the Fable of John McCain

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Cenk Uygur

McCain was a POW, and he showed extraordinary courage and perseverance, and was a hero at that time. The way he has run his campaign at this time is not heroic -- it is downright despicable.