If you were to isolate the single most striking, if little discussed, aspect of American foreign policy in the first 15 years of this century, it might be that Washington's inability to apply its power successfully just about anywhere confirms that very power; in other words, failure is a marker of success.
At the check-in line at San Francisco International Airport, we handed over our driver's licenses and waited for the airline ticket agent to find our flight and reservation. Suddenly, she got a funny look on her face. "There's something wrong with the computer," she said. "I need to talk to my supervisor."
Approximately 13 percent of the U.S. population is foreign-born, of which about six percent are naturalized U.S. citizens. Given the image associated with immigrants, one would assume that all Americans in the U.S., natural born or naturalized, have equal worth as citizens. This, however, is not necessarily the case.
If the Republican circus of presidential candidates manages to persuade -- by the regular repetition of inadequate and ill-informed talking points -- that the route to future U.S. economic prosperity and national security is through ever more military belligerence abroad, then we are on the way to yet more wars.
These ambassadors join the overwhelming majority of former diplomats and national security officials who have come out in favor of the deal to block all of Iran's pathways to a bomb. There is fierce opposition to the agreement, but most is from political figures and neoconservative groups, with few former senior officials backing them.