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Obama: Putin Is Not 'Challenging' My 'Leadership'

The Huffington Post | Kelly Chen | Posted 10.12.2015 | Media

President Barack Obama exchanged testy words with "60 Minutes" correspondent Steve Kroft on Sunday over Russian President Vladmir Putin and ...

The Pentagon Plan For Syrian Rebels Failed. That Doesn't Mean Everyone In Syria Is An Extremist.

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 10.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Obama administration officials announced Friday that they're significantly reshaping a controversial $500 million Pentagon program ...

With Putin Bombing Rebels, Should Obama Bomb Assad?

Cody Cain | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Cody Cain

Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, is making trouble. Big trouble. The United States has been leading a military coalition of some 60 countries in conducting bombing missions inside of Syria against terrorist groups such as ISIS.

Praise for Putin Is Misplaced, and Dangerous

Cody Cain | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Cody Cain

It seems fashionable in some circles to praise Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, for being some sort of a hero for world peace and justice.

Obama Accuses Russia Of Strengthening ISIS

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 10.04.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama on Friday criticized Russia's recent airstrikes over the Syrian city of Homs as a dead-end strategy that will ulti...

Syria Can Be Resolved by International Action

Cody Cain | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Cody Cain

The world community possesses the ability to end the abominable war in Syria. The only question is whether it possesses the will to do it.

Ryan Grim

Saudi Arabia, Turkey Discussing Unlikely Alliance To Oust Syria's Assad | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Turkey and Saudi Arabia, two nations with a long history of rivalry, are in high-level talks with the goal of forming a military allianc...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Assad Interviewer Finds Syrian Dictator Too 'Delusional' To End War, Work With U.S. | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Foreign Affairs magazine may have just given Syrian dictator Bashar Assad his biggest opportunity to promote himself in recent months, but...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Springtime For Assad: Syria Dictator In Spotlight As Potential U.S. Ally Against ISIS | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Syrian President Bashar Assad, unpopular at home, suddenly appears to have many fans in the U.S. Assad, who has killed thousands in h...

Obama's Policy On ISIS And Syria Set To Implode

The New York Times | Posted 11.28.2014 | Politics

American and Syrian warplanes screamed over the Syrian city of Raqqa in separate raids this week, ostensibly against the same target, the Islamic Stat...

McCain: Obama's Iraq Strategy Reminds Me Of Vietnam

The Huffington Post | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) reflected on his days of service in the Vietnam War in a radio interview on Tuesday, Veterans Day. McCain, a former naval a...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Obama Syria Strategy In Tatters As U.S.-Backed Rebels Lose To Al Qaeda | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Moderate U.S.-backed Syrian rebels seemed weaker than ever on Monday after a weekend of major defeats in the northwestern region of the...

Howard Fineman

Remember The Fresh Promise Of Barack Obama? What Happened To That Guy? | Howard Fineman | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While traveling recently, I’ve been asked the same question in Beijing, Auckland and Rome: “What happened to Barack Obama?” Thi...

Joe Biden Dings Leon Panetta For 'Inappropriate' Criticisms Of Obama's Syria Strategy

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden took a shot at former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday night for his 'inappropriate" criticisms in a ...

GOP Congressman Urges U.S. Generals To Resign In Protest Of Obama

The Huffington Post | Amanda Gutterman | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics

As U.S.-led airstrikes continue Friday near the Syrian border with Iraq, it's hard to imagine what would make the situation worse than the military su...

Amanda Terkel

Dennis Kucinich Blasts Congress For Lack Of War Vote: 'We Have A Constitutional Crisis' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama had little trouble convincing Congress -- even Republicans who usually fight tooth and nail against his policies ...

Jennifer Bendery

Calm Settles On Washington As U.S. Bombs Syria | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Monday night marked the beginning of another U.S. war in the Middle East -- one with no specified time frame, no estimated price tag, li...

The Real Reason We Are Bombing Syria

Dennis J. Kucinich | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Dennis J. Kucinich

Nothing better illustrates the bankruptcy of the Obama administration's foreign policy than funding groups that turn on the U.S. again and again, a neo-con fueled cycle of profits for war makers and destruction of ever-shifting "enemies."

Sam Stein

Dem Senator: Congress Has Opened The Door To The 'Cheney Pre-emptive War Doctine' | Sam Stein | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As bombs dropped over Syria Monday evening, marking the beginning of a U.S.-led effort to eradicate the Islamic State in that country, m...

Obama On Syria Airstrikes: 'This Is Not America's Fight Alone'

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama spoke on the airstrikes launched Monday night by the U.S. and five Arab countries against Islamic State targets in eastern Syri...

U.S. Begins Airstrikes In Syria, Pentagon Says

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR and ROBERT BURNS | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Combined U.S.-Arab airstrikes on the Islamic State group's military strongholds in Syria achieved their aim of showing the extremi...

Top U.S. General Says Training Syrian Rebels Could Take 12 Months

AP | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

PARIS (AP) — Moderate Syrian rebels, once made battle-ready by a U.S.-led coalition, may be asked to help restore the border between Syria and Iraq ...

The Islamic State Is Obama's Rubik's Cube

Michael Brenner | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Michael Brenner

Obama officials used to be fond of saying that, in Afghanistan, "we will know success when we see it." So, too, with IS. Unfortunately, our angle of vision may be a supine one.

Obama Insists U.S. Forces 'Do Not And Will Not' Have Combat Mission In Iraq

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama reaffirmed Wednesday that he does not intend to send U.S. troops into combat against the Islamic State gro...

Fear Of ISIS Triggers Double Threat To Checks And Balances

Hina Shamsi | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Hina Shamsi

We now have a Congress so anxious to avoid tough votes that it is ducking any decision on whether to go to war in Iraq and Syria, and a president who is grabbing unprecedented power to take the country to war all on his own.