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Obama Bravely Ignores the Warmongers with Iran Deal -- Surely, His Finest Moment

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 07.20.2015 | World
Jeffrey Sachs

Most Americans struggle to recognize or understand their country's permanent security state, in which elected politicians seem to run the show, but the CIA and the Pentagon often take the lead -- a state that inherently gravitates toward military, rather than diplomatic, solutions to foreign-policy challenges. Viewed through the lens of history, the main job of U.S. presidents is to be mature and wise enough to stand up to the permanent war machine.

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Explains Why He Doesn't Use The Term 'Radical Islam' For Islamic State, Al Qaeda | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he refuses to describe the Islamic State and al Qaeda as groups fueled by "radical Islam" bec...

Jennifer Bendery

Democrats Introduce Bill To Repeal Sweeping 2001 War Authorization | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic senators unveiled legislation Friday night to repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force, a sweeping 9/11-er...

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Wanted To Stop Endless Wars. He'll Leave Office Waging One. | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama made waves this week by sending a proposed Authorization for Use of Military Force to Congress for its considerat...

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Wants ISIS War Authorization But Won't Say If He'll Send Language To Congress | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address on Tuesday night to urge Congress to pass legislation authorizing the ongoing...

Jennifer Bendery

Bob Corker Ready To Give Another Push To ISIS War Authorization | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's been five months since the U.S. began bombing Iraq and Syria in the war against the Islamic State, or ISIS. It's also been five ...

How the President Who Pledged to Banish Nuclear Weapons Is Enabling Their Renewal

James Carroll | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
James Carroll

Because of decisions likely to be taken this year and next, nuclear weapons will become a normalized and permanent part of the 21st-century American arsenal, and therefore of the arsenals of many other nations; nuclear weapons, that is, will have become an essential element of the human future -- as long as that future lasts.

Michael McAuliff

Pelosi: Congress Should Return To Vote On War | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress should return from its long election break and vote on President Barack Obama's authority to go to war against extremists in Ir...

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...

Michael McAuliff

Conflicted Congress Passes Obama's New War Funding | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate added its conflicted stamp of approval to President Barack Obama's request to arm and train Syrian rebels against the Islamic...

Sam Stein

Top Obama Adviser: The President Didn't Change, ISIS Did | Sam Stein | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As he embarks on a new, more aggressive approach to confront the rise of the Islamic State, President Barack Obama is being hit from all...

Michael McAuliff

Bill Would Authorize War On ISIS, But End Endless War On Terror | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Even as it declares war on the so-called Islamic State, a bill proposed in Congress would also try to extricate the United States from t...

Sam Stein

Obama's Strained And Battered Brand Of Foreign Policy Realism | Sam Stein | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is keen on portraying the president's general bent on foreign policy as a derivative of realism. He isn't a ske...

For Obama, Fresh Questions About How Wars End

AP | By JULIE PACE | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — From the Rose Garden, President Barack Obama outlined a timetable for the gradual withdrawal of the last U.S. troops in Afghanista...

Sam Stein

Obama Administration Not Putting Formal Price Tag On Afghan Policy Yet | Sam Stein | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's proposal to keep 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan next year was the product of lengthy deliberations. Th...

America’s Secret War in 134 Countries

Nick Turse | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Nick Turse

The Obama presidency has seen the U.S. military's elite tactical forces increasingly used in an attempt to achieve strategic goals. But with Special Operations missions kept under tight wraps, Americans have little understanding of where their troops are deployed, what exactly they are doing, or what the consequences might be down the road.

War Weary Public Rejects Attacking Syria

Erik Ose | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Erik Ose

To those who would slam Obama for bowing to public pressure on Syria, it's worth remembering that when George W. Bush was in the White House, public opinion didn't count for squat.

Obama Claim Rings Hollow

RealClearPolitics | Richard Benedetto | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics

As the debate over whether to launch a military strike against Syria rages on, one of the most common phrases sprinkled throughout arguments for and a...

Obama Will Launch a Huge Propaganda Blitz -- And May Attack Syria Even If He Loses the Vote in Congress

Norman Solomon | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Hell hath no fury like war-makers scorned. Simmering rage will be palpable from political elites who do not want to see Congress set an unprecedented precedent: thwarting the will of a president who wants Pentagon firepower unleashed on another country.

FLASHBACK: Obama, Biden Remind That Military Action Requires Congressional Approval

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics

As President Barack Obama weighs a response to what his administration has deemed a large-scale chemical attack on innocent civilians by Syrian Presid...

Pentagon Says Obama Hasn't Made Big Decision On Afghanistan

Reuters | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 9 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has not yet decided how many troops to keep in Afghanistan after 2014, but a total pullout is ...

The Bellicosity of a Democrat's Second Term

Anthony Gregory | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Anthony Gregory

In the last hundred years, starting when early 20th-century progressivism began shaping the ideology of the modern Democratic Party, the trend seems clear: Democrats seem to become more bellicose in their second term.

King: I Have a Dream. Obama: I Have a Drone.

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

After his inaugural speech in January 2009, Obama has pursued policies that epitomize King's grim warning in 1967: "When scientific power outruns moral power, we end up with guided missiles and misguided men."

President Obama's Inauguration and the Legacy of Dr. King

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

Slain by an assassin's rifle bullet, Martin Luther King, Jr., who would have been 84 today, is America's apostle of non-violence. Accordingly, the greatest tribute President Obama can give is to do whatever it takes to reduce the spread of the disease of gun violence in our country.

A 'Little America' With Big Consequences

George Mocharko | Posted 12.04.2012 | Books
George Mocharko

Little Americais a masterful work of reportage, exploring the conflict in Afghanistan after the 2009 troop surge. Embedded with a platoon, the author skillfully conveys a strong sense of empathy for what the troops on the ground are facing.