For the Middle East, ISIS represents a past that it desperately wants to leave behind.
When 66 percent of the American people do not approve of a president's foreign policy, something is awfully wrong with 1) the policy; 2) the selling of the policy; 3) the staffers formulating the policy. Betting on the remaining 34 percent who approve -- the isolationist fringes of both parties -- represents a dangerous sliver on which to bank a national security legacy.
In my youth, when trouble occurred, the Lone Ranger would ride into town and punish the bad guys. Today, when facing calamity, John Kerry rides into town and asks the bad guys to compromise.
From here on in, you can assume that, in the Israeli media's view, violence against Israel is the result of American fumbling.'
As retired military, I tremendously appreciate all Williams did for our troops and that he was my favorite actor and comedian -- a beautiful person whom I'll terribly miss.
Ukraine. Gaza. Syria. Yemen. Pakistan. If it feels like the United States is always at war somewhere, that's because it is. Not just Iraq and Afghanistan - the two wars we all know about. Why? The official line varies.
After months of temporizing analysis, President Barack Obama re-engaged militarily in the fading colonial construct known as "Iraq." That he has done so in limited fashion is to be commended, though the air strikes he has ordered so far are mere pinpricks.
On the 100 year anniversary of the start of World War I, with children dying in the streets of Gaza and the world still blowing up at discordantly frequent intervals, I was thumbing through a book of poems by Wilfred Owen.
The simplistic narratives spinning around the war about Gaza only make things worse for its victimized citizenry. For Israelis and for those truly interested in a positive future for Gaza, it is essential to understand that Hamas and the Palestinians who live there are not one and the same.
The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is arriving in Myanmar's capital Nay Pyi Taw on August 9 for a three-day visit. The U.S. government should use its economic and political or even its military leverage for a smooth democratic transition and for the consolidation of democracy in Myanmar
Compare the "let's have tea" depiction of American foreign policy to the classic image of President Theodore Roosevelt's "big stick" diplomacy and it's clear that something is terribly wrong with America's approach to crises around the world.
I am hopeful that India will rise from being the U.S.'s 11th-largest trading partner to among the top seven in the next decade. This requires both governments to work diligently to reduce real and hidden trade barriers and let companies and entrepreneurs from each country interact and benefit from their counterparts.
Israel has been sharply criticized for civilian casualties in Gaza, so I imagined how Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would address the issue if ask...
Ironically, there is another transatlantic transport with the name 'St. Louis' whose story is one of the nadirs of America's storied past. Though little known, perhaps no other moment since the Emancipation Proclamation might well have burdened America's conscience as much.
How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.
The Qataris, in particular -- who never met a radical Islamist group they did not like -- fully understand the value of the abduction of a soldier to Hamas, and will do little or nothing, regardless of Kerry's pleas.