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U.S. Foreign Policy: React to Fear or Lead with Love?

Jin In | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact
Jin In

Rather than continuing to react to fear, how about we develop a foreign-policy strategy that is based on a long-term vision rooted in love?

Obama Gets Mixed Ratings For His Record On Iraq

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics

Looking at the chaos in Iraq, Americans are still more likely to point the finger at George W. Bush, according to a Quinnipiac survey released Thursda...

Frank Underwood, von Clausewitz, Rumsfeld and Yogi Berra

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

This past week, to absolutely no fanfare whatever, the last declared chemical weapons left Syria. (Isn't it interesting how the drums of war earn endless media coverage, but the dove of peace flies unnoticed?)

Iraq Militants Strike Air Base, Seize Oilfields

Reuters | Posted 06.25.2014 | World

* Mortars hit "Camp Anaconda" * 40 U.S. special operations personnel in Iraq * Government troops battle fighters for con...

U.S. Forces Begin Arriving In Baghdad To Assess Iraqi Troops

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR and BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly half of the roughly 300 U.S. military advisers and special operations forces expected to go to Iraq are now in Baghdad and ...

Western Officials See Bleak Outlook For Iraqi Military

The New York Times | Posted 06.23.2014 | World

BAGHDAD — As Iraqi Army forces try to rally on the outskirts of Baghdad after two weeks of retreat, it has become increasingly clear to Western offi...

Iraq: The Way Ahead Requires Understanding the Past

Joseph C. Wilson | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Joseph C. Wilson

The decision to abandon the policy of aggressive containment, and launch a war to overthrow Saddam has led us to the precipice of what we had been attempting to avoid for a quarter of a century -- the breakup of Iraq, and dangerous instability for the foreseeable future, including the distinct possibility of a terrorist safe haven in the Sunni tribal lands. And, whether we agree with it or not, the U.S. will forever be blamed for all of the negative consequences. Relitigating the past is obviously painful for those who were so terribly wrong, and whose actions led to what is arguably the most egregious foreign policy error in the history of our country. But it is necessary as we consider the way ahead.

Everyone Agrees We Can't Do 'Nothing' In Iraq

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 06.20.2014 | Comedy

If the ongoing media coverage of the crisis in Iraq is making you feel insane, you're not alone. There seems to be universal agreement on two things: ...

How ISIS Is Redrawing Iraq's Map

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.25.2014 | World

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a hardline jihadi group blasted by al-Qaeda for being too extreme, launched a surprise offensive in Iraq earlier ...

Iraq: A Desperate Flight From ISIS's Advance

Human Rights Watch | Posted 06.19.2014 | World
Human Rights Watch

The Obama administration and its allies need to make sure that any military support or action does not further human rights abuses, and to press Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to create a genuinely inclusive government -- a key to weakening the allure of groups like ISIS.

Sam Stein

Obama Tells Congressional Leaders He's Concerned About Iraq Airstrikes

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama expressed skepticism about launching airstrikes on terrorist targets in Iraq during an meeting with congressional...

Iraq Calls On U.S. To Launch Air Strikes Against Militants

Reuters | Posted 06.18.2014 | World

By Ghazwan Hassan and Phil Stewart BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON, June 18 (Reuters) - Iraq has asked the United States for air support in counte...

CIA Facing Gaps In Iraq As It Hunts For Militants

AP | JULIE PACE and DONNA CASSATA | Posted 06.18.2014 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and congressional leaders believe he does not need authorization from Congress for some steps he might take...

Sophia Jones

ISIS Takeover Wreaks Havoc On Iraqi Businesses

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.25.2014 | World

ERBIL, Iraq -- Kosrit Maged has thrived as the owner of a small fabric store in this northern Iraqi city for the past 18 years. On a good week, he is ...

Fox News Knows EXACTLY What Obama Should Do

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 06.17.2014 | Comedy

If you're feeling confused and frustrated by the crisis in Iraq with ISIS, you're not alone. But on Monday, Stephen Colbert helped bring a little clar...

Iraq, Syria: the Way Ahead Is Limpidly Clear

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

The legacy of President Obama is that he got us out of wars. Let's keep it that way. The perceived weakness of Barack Obama is largely a reflection that the American body politic is adjusting to the fact that it no longer wants to be the world's gendarmerie, involved in and trying to settle every conflict.

A Few Thoughts on Possible US-Iran Collaboration in Iraq

Trita Parsi | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Trita Parsi

Reality is that Iran and the US need each other. And both of them need to recognize the other's ability to play a stabilizing role. Few things have been as destabilizing for the region than the US-Iran enmity.

Militants Post Gruesome Images Of Mass Killing

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 06.15.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic militants who overran cities and towns in Iraq last week posted graphic photos that appeared to show their gunmen massacr...

The Man Behind The Extremists Dominating Iraq

The Washington Post | Posted 06.14.2014 | World

On the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, a 36-year-old Jordanian who called himself “the Stranger” slipped into the suburbs of Baghdad arm...

Iraqi Military Says It Has Slowed Rebels' Advance

Reuters | Posted 06.14.2014 | World

By Ahmed Rasheed and Raheem Salman BAGHDAD, June 14 (Reuters) - An offensive by insurgents that threatens to dismember Iraq seemed to ...

The Bad News From Iraq Is Getting Worse

T. Boone Pickens | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics
T. Boone Pickens

Now people are calling for us to step in again to protect Iraq -- to spend more money and risk more of our soldiers lives... for what?

ISIS: What Does It Mean for Israel?

Ronald Tiersky | Posted 06.13.2014 | World
Ronald Tiersky

With Syria and now Iraq in flames, Israel's security is not at the top of any country's agenda other than Israel itself. But Israel's security should always be a concern for Washington and other governments as well as Jerusalem.

'Our Final Destination Will Be Baghdad'

Reuters | Posted 06.13.2014 | World

By Raheem Salman and Isra al-Rubei'i BAGHDAD, June 13 (Reuters) - Iraq's most senior Shi'ite Muslim cleric urged followers to take up ...

Iran May Be Open To Working With U.S. To Help Baghdad Fight Militants

Reuters | Posted 06.13.2014 | World

By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA, June 13 (Reuters) - Shi'te Muslim Iran is so alarmed by Sunni insurgent gains in Iraq that it...

Iraqi Kurds Seize Oil-Rich City Of Kirkuk

Reuters | AHMED RASHEED AND ISABEL COLES | Posted 06.16.2014 | World

By Ahmed Rasheed and Isabel Coles BAGHDAD/ARBIL, Iraq, June 12 (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish forces took control of the nor...