When 66 percent of the American people do not approve of a president's foreign policy, something is awfully wrong with 1) the policy; 2) the selling of the policy; 3) the staffers formulating the policy. Betting on the remaining 34 percent who approve -- the isolationist fringes of both parties -- represents a dangerous sliver on which to bank a national security legacy.
After months of temporizing analysis, President Barack Obama re-engaged militarily in the fading colonial construct known as "Iraq." That he has done so in limited fashion is to be commended, though the air strikes he has ordered so far are mere pinpricks.
believed that change we could believe in meant a true progressive in office. Obama once famously said, "I'd rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president." Yet save for some miracles in his final two years, mediocre, and many times worse, is exactly what kind of a president he has been.
One way or another, the United States owes its service members the ride home. They may face military court, or simply return to their lives, but leaving anyone behind is not right. But questions over Bergdahl's motivations and actions are not what embarrasses Obama.
Ahmed al-Jarba, the president of the Syrian National Coalition, and Brig. Gen. Abdul-Ilah al-Bashir, the top man of the opposition Supreme Military Council, are currently engaged in the most important foreign delegation of their lives.
It has become more and more clear that today's Republican party is truly opposed to, well, everything that President Obama and the Democratic party have proposed.
Many seem to have forgotten the volatile time we faced as a nation leading up to the strike on the consulate in Libya.
Obama and his advisors have the primary task to define and assert the American national interest. Afghanistan is not the place. What have we gained after more than 12 years?
So Obama, beset by other problems, is heading out to the Asia-Pacific again on a big trip in April. National Security Advisor Susan Rice, not nearly as identified with the Asia-Pacific Pivot as predecessor Tom Donilon, made the announcement in a speech Wednesday at Georgetown University reaffirming the country's commitment to the Pivot.
The U.N.) says the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the world's deadliest since World War II. The Congo catastrophe, however, has gone largely unnoticed by the world's media, and global leaders have placed the crisis on the back burner.
The truth is that Putin is as much messing with Obama with this New York Times piece as he is trying to sell himself to the American public. Putin showed he knows how to reach the American people. But how believable is he?
As the administration calls attention to the terrible killing of children in Syria, I call upon them to acknowledge the killing of children by U.S. drones, and to immediately halt our drone attacks in Pakistan, Yemen and Afghanistan.
Let me be plain: on Tuesday, when the president addresses all of us to explain his ultimate decision, his decision will be AGAINST military intervention.
One of the oddest aspects of Barack Obama's presidency is its sometimes quite strange mix of the ultra-politically correct and the anti-politically correct. They've led to some of the most crashingly boneheaded things this White House has done.
Where women succeed, communities prosper -- from Texas to Thailand. This is the basic premise that Planned Parenthood and civil society organizations around the world have brought to the table in the global conversation around how best to reduce poverty and foster sustainable development.
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