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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 09.18.2014 | 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 09.17.2014 | 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.

8 Reasons Why Congress Should Vote No On Training And Funding Syrian Rebels

Dennis J. Kucinich | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Dennis J. Kucinich

Today Congress will vote on the McKeon Amendment, a piece of legislation most Americans haven't heard of. But the consequences of the vote today are grave: funding Syrian "rebels" will precipitate a new and wider war in the Middle East.

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...

Sam Stein

White House Denies Truce Between Syrian Rebels And ISIS | Sam Stein | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House on Monday disputed reports that a group of moderate Syrian rebels -- part of the larger coalition that President Barack ...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Reports: ISIS Strikes Deal With Moderate Syrian Rebels | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 09.14.2014 | World

As the United States begins to deepen ties with moderate Syrian rebels to combat the extremist group ISIS, also known as the Islamic State, a key comp...

Will The U.S. Get Caught Up In A Morass Of Rebel Rivalries

AP | ZEINA KARAM and DIAA HADID | Posted 09.11.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — In expanding its airstrikes into Syria against Islamic State extremists, the U.S. could find itself entangled in a morass of jihadis, ...

Why Obama Has Picked the Worst Allies for His War on ISIS

Rami G. Khouri | Posted 09.11.2014 | World
Rami G. Khouri

Fighter jets and jails are the problem that shattered the modern Arab world, and they cannot be its solution. Quick military actions will certainly slow down and roll back ISIS in many areas, and the immediate danger is likely to be blunted. But if history since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and the U.S. in the Gulf and Iraq since 1991 is any guide, chaos looms again.

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...

Politicians Respond To Obama's ISIS Speech

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama addressed the nation Wednesday night, outlining a plan to take on the Islamic State, the militant group formerly known as ISIS ...

Elise Foley

Ted Cruz On Islamic State Militants: 'Take Them Out' | Elise Foley | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Sunday that President Barack Obama "has not demonstrated that he’s taking ISIS seriously" and that he should quickly as...

The U.S. Needs To Define Its Objective, Enlist International Support In Fight Against ISIS Threat

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 09.05.2014 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

The ISIS challenge is, at its core, a war of ideas. We need to recognize that while it is possible to destroy an ideology, doing so is not easy, and it cannot be done without an effective, fully supported counter message.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Would The U.S. Have To Partner With Assad To Eliminate ISIS In Syria? | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As President Barack Obama weighs airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State (ISIS), he may soon have to grapple with the possibility...

Obama Foreign Policy In 'Free Fall,' Republican Says

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics

The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said on Sunday that President Barack Obama's foreign policy is in "absolute free fall" in ...

Jason Linkins

Barack Obama And The Misery Of His Augusts, Ranked | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics

There was definitely a time in President Barack Obama's life in which he looked forward to August. He was, after all, born on Aug. 4. And Hawaii seems like it's maybe the best part of America in which to spend an August.

Why Obama Backed Off More ISIS Strikes

The Daily Beast | Josh Rogin | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics

After a week of talk of eliminating the "cancer" of ISIS, President Obama said Thursday that he was not planning to significantly expand the war again...

Obama On Islamic State: 'We Don't Have A Strategy Yet'

AP | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama played down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying "we don't have a str...

Obama Once Again Faces The Congress Question On Syria

AP | By JULIE PACE | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — One year ago, President Barack Obama was barreling toward airstrikes in Syria when he abruptly announced that he first wanted appr...

Obama: 'Justice Will Be Done' for Islamic State Killers

Reuters | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics

By Mark Felsenthal and Phil Stewart CHARLOTTE, N.C./WASHINGTON Aug 26 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama vowed "justice will be do...

Obama Reportedly Backs Surveillance Over Syria

AP | By JULIE PACE | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. has begun surveillance flights over Syria after President Barack Obama gave the OK, U.S. officials said, a move t...

Sam Stein

Counterterrorism Experts: U.S. Partnership With Assad May Be Necessary To Take Out ISIS | Sam Stein | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two former top military and counterterrorism officials said on Sunday that the United States should be prepared to start working with th...

Amanda Terkel

Lindsey Graham: If Obama Doesn't Go On Offense, Terrorists Are 'Coming Here' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) doesn't think the public has been sufficiently frightened about what is going on in the Middle East. On Sun...

Obama: Battle-Hardened Militants Pose Threat To U.S.

AP | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is concerned that battle-hardened militants who have spent time in Syria and Iraq could present a rising th...