As we do every year, we are pre-empting our regular "Friday Talking Points" column, in order to bring you our "best and worst of 2015" list.
Let's downgrade them from "joined at the hip" to "pretty good friends." This will enable us to pursue a more aggressive policy against ISIS, because the main constraint against doing so in the past has been our closeness to Saudi Arabia and Turkey, which have opposed an aggressive policy against ISIS.
BEIRUT -- Washington may be coming to the understanding that neither Russia nor Iran nor Hezbollah believe for one second the U.S. narrative that if Assad stepped down, somehow ISIS would melt away, and that responsible rebels would turn against ISIS to finish them off.
Paris has been as close as it gets to a home away from home for Kerry and his tireless staff. Kerry was here just three days after the attacks to show a "shared resolve" and to pay respects at the makeshift shrine of flowers and candles at the base of the statue in Place de La République near where the attacks took place.
Civil society can complain and consider this agreement as a betrayal, or it can celebrate this as a major step forward.
A peace deal in Libya would open the way for someone--presumably a national unity Libyan government of some sort--to permit foreigners to bomb areas controlled by the Islamic State (ISIS), the terror group and militia which has taken root in parts of the country.
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The United States and its closest allies, and apparently most of the world's governments, are celebrating that the text says they will try to "limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C." But why celebrate if there are no pledges, let alone binding commitment, to make that even remotely possible?
When you think about all the taxpayer money going to for-profit colleges that scam students and taxpayers, the $800 million we have committed to fight global climate change starts to look pretty small.
Once the cheering, perhaps as much a matter of relief for at last having the beginnings of a real agreement as anything else, dies down, a process of years-long pressuring, prodding, chivvying, and inspiring will take place. Or, perhaps better put, it had damn well better take place if this planet is going to remain habitable for humanity.
In the past few days here in Paris, there's been excitement about the possibility of including mention of a 1.5 degree Celsius temperature limit in the COP21 agreements, a shift from the historical limit of two degrees endorsed by most developed nations.
Look how the political discourse of the country has shifted following recent terrorist attacks and the one-upmanship xenophobia of the Republican presidential primary. Who is confident that whoever wins the Republican primary would not try to lead the country into a ground war in Syria?
As the Paris climate summit enters its final days, the aviation industry is working overtime to get its skyrocketing carbon pollution exempted from the international agreement aimed at averting global warming's worst dangers. Shipping companies are pulling the same trick.
Secretary Kerry's speech had many of the right nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Now let's see the right numbers to back them up: 0% fossils, 100% renewables, by 2050.
In today's radio report: Crunch time in Paris at COP21 United Nations climate talks agreement; Sen. Bernie Sanders proposes a national carbon tax; Goldman Sachs predicts 'exponential growth' in renewable energy and more.
In one unique area of foreign policy -- the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief -- the United States has shown that Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives can work together, save lives and enhance our security -- all by doing good.