Liberals from other nations will continue to lobby Washington to advance their home countries' interests. No surprise there. But they shouldn't complain if American liberals choose priceless domestic peace and prosperity over costly international charity and conflict.
Bernie Sanders successfully differentiated himself between Clinton's hawkish foreign policy and failures. Sanders is indeed the true front runner, and wins in Iowa and New Hampshire will undermine the groupthink that has so many pundits and observers worshiping at the altar of ever-changing polls.
Policy implementation in the Middle East, especially in fighting the burgeoning threat of ISIS, depends on the trust of the citizens of these nations. Iraq and Libya may have taught our policy makers to be more cautious, but regime change in Syria continues to be our policy.
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.
When the Qaddafi regime fell in 2011, centralized power quickly dissipated and Libya fell into chaos. A wide range of armed groups asserted control ov...
Islamic State is not being contained. It has now expanded to 35 international affiliates. It is zeroing in on North Africa in general, and on Libya in particular, in an attempt to create, on a far vaster scale, an even bigger Islamic State on the very edge of Europe's doorstep.
The Arab World has reached a point where the youth are at a record-breaking proportion to adults in the region's history. The forth-coming decade i...
The terrorist attacks on Paris, a nerve centre of European culture, was a déjà vu moment. Nearly 15 years ago, 9/11 had evoked similar sentiments: shock, disbelief and confusion.
In the wake of a failed policy (to create a unified and empowered Middle East fighting ISIS), Washington and its allies now must find a new approach. Arabs want governments that respect personal dignity, protect their individual liberty and provide them economic opportunity. The old tactics of dictators insinuating fear and division to preserve stability and prevent terrorism no longer works.
The unrepentant caricaturist was hospitalized, eventually recovered and left his homeland, but continued to draw -- his pen and tongue as sharp as ever.
We need to separate from the Palestinians. Not for them, for us. But that separation needs to be based on strict security measures and take into account the worst case scenarios.
Western governments that loose the dogs of war should stop assuming that their own people will not be bitten. Being a liberal democracy does not turn bombing and killing into an act of immaculate conception. Instead of pretending that their nations enjoy immunity from the inevitable horrors of war, Western officials should make the case to their people that the likely costs are worth the benefits. In this case that includes the possibility, perhaps likelihood, of terrorist attacks at home. There are no certainties even for America, which has done surprisingly well since 9/11. Which brings up the obvious question, why are the U.S. and its European allies involved "over there" -- and, in fact, currently intensifying their intervention?
My twelve-year-old son posed this question to me over the long weekend after hearing the public radio accounts of Assad's iron grip in Syria, Israeli-Palestinian intractability and ISIS reaching their tendrils across the Middle East. His solution: Just kill the bad guys. His "fix" is in good company. But it's not mine.
Photos of the debris of a Russian airliner scattered across the Sinai reminded many of another plane that also came apart at 31,000 feet, more than a ...
News of Libya is often mired in stories about violence. Positive updates are tough to pick out; yet, a non-violent, hopeful story has developed, as Li...
As many Americans sang "La Marseillaise" and expressed solidarity with the French after the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, Republicans rushed to seize political advantage.