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Kerry Should Avoid Overstating What Syria Attacks Can Achieve

Paul Abrams | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

It is easy to overstate what a mission, even if undertaken for the noblest and most honest of reasons, can achieve.

It's Just the Beginning

James Zogby | Posted 09.19.2013 | World
James Zogby

Two events jolted the Israeli/Palestinian arena this past week. There will be difficult days ahead. Getting the parties to "Go" is just the start, since, as Secretary Kerry has noted, the hard work has just begun.

Time For Some American Shock and Awe in Syria

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 06.29.2013 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

The clamor among the hawkish segment of Washington lawmakers to get the United States involved militarily in Syria gets louder by the day.

Former Secretaries Of State Will Lead Delegation To Thatcher Funeral

AP | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has asked former Secretaries of State George Shultz and James A. Baker III to lead a delegation to former British...

Christina Wilkie

Debt Lobbying Group Has Major Conflicts of Interest

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The multi-million dollar lobbying campaign to fix the national debt opened a new front this week, when a group of retired foreign policy...

Powell: There Is a 'Bias' Against Diplomats in Washington

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 12.08.2012 | World
Nicholas Kralev

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says many in Washington -- his fellow Republicans in particular -- are biased against diplomats, because of a wrong perception that diplomats are indecisive and want to compromise at all cost.

Select Few Advise Romney On Key Issue

AP | KASIE HUNT | Posted 09.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney mitigates his lack of formal foreign policy experience with advice from people who do &ndash...

Robert Zoellick: "Getting Stuff Done" at the World Bank and Beyond

Mark V. Vlasic | Posted 07.10.2012 | World
Mark V. Vlasic

Last Friday was Robert B. Zoellick's last day as president of the World Bank Group. While he may leave many legacies behind, perhaps one that stands out is embodied in his commencement address for RAND Graduate School: "Getting Stuff Done."

The Texas Politics (and Tennis) Tour

Jake Silverstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Jake Silverstein

If you are planning a trip to Texas, consider stopping at these seven places where defining political moments happened.

Live from Sundance 2011: Day 4

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Images -- political and otherwise -- often have only the most tenuous relationship with reality. As it happened, that idea was a significant factor in several of the films I saw at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on Sunday.

Kyl Stops START -- A Rhyming Rant

Jim Parry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Parry

You know Senator Kyl -- he is out to kill START 'Cause the GOP thinks it would be really smart For Obama to lose once again. No success for the Pres! ...

Time for Obama to Throw a Hard Left

Jim Neal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Neal

On Saturday, the president answered a question regarding Republican intransigence on ratification of the START Treaty by rambling on and never delivering a punch. "God," I thought, "is he really going to continue down this path?"

You Can't 'Smile Israel Into Peace'

Greg Barrett | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Greg Barrett

The solution to the Middle East is so simple that only talking heads and heads of state can muck it up. It goes like this: Follow the rules. That's it.

George W. Bush as One of the Greatest Presidents of All Time?

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

It's easy to reflect back and consider just how close George Bush came to historical greatness, yet how far he swung away from that unparalleled opportunity to instead be considered one of the worst presidents ever.

A Security Test for the GOP

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

America's military is solidly behind the new security treaty that cuts Russia's nuclear weapons. Is the Republican Party? The test comes Thursday when senators have to choose: Back the military or play politics?

No Tea Parties for "Bibi"

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's arrival in Washington shortly after President Barack Obama's victory on health care reform had both symbolic significance and practical implications for the Likud leader.

Lobo Reverses Stance on Honduran Coup

Daniel Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Altschuler

Last week, Honduran President Porfirio Lobo Sosa publicly acknowledged that the expulsion of President Manuel Zelaya from the country on June 28, 2009...

Dems, Running Scared

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Quimbley D. Democrat is looking over his shoulder. This makes doing his job rather more difficult than it ought to be.

Tea Partier Takes Texas Governor's Race By Storm

Jackson Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jackson Williams

Two weeks ago, I wrote that the top Republican candidates for governor of Texas actually lost their nationally televised C-SPAN2 primary debate to a t...

Freeze the Settlement Freeze

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Israelis understand that the only reality in politics is the reality on the ground. So long as Israeli soldiers control the occupied territories, the idea of a settlement freeze will not take root. I

Obama Should Remember James Baker When In Cairo: Roger Cohen

nytimes.com | ROGER COHEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NEW YORK -- I hope President Obama has been reading James Baker in preparation for his speech Thursday to the Muslim world. It was in the time of the ...

James Baker Backs Reinstating The Draft

US News And World Report | Paul Bedard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Charlie Rangel, Congress's lone champion of reinstating the military draft, can count on another Korean War-era vet for support: Republican James...

Obama's Rugged Week

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Is Geithner's plan another bailout to Wall Street? Or is it needed pragmatism to work with a deeply troubled, farcically entitled though still necessary private financial sector?

James Baker Punches George Bush in the Face with New War Proposal

Jackson Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jackson Williams

James Baker has joined his nemesis in recommending a stunning new piece of federal legislation -- a law designed to rein in future presidents who want to go to war half-cocked.

Obama Meeting James Baker And Warren Christopher, Chairmen of War Powers Commission

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Barack Obama will meet tomorrow with Warren Christopher and James Baker, the chairmen of the War Powers Commission, according to a release sent out by...