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Obama's Policy On ISIS And Syria Set To Implode

The New York Times | Posted 11.28.2014 | Politics

American and Syrian warplanes screamed over the Syrian city of Raqqa in separate raids this week, ostensibly against the same target, the Islamic Stat...

McCain: Obama's Iraq Strategy Reminds Me Of Vietnam

The Huffington Post | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) reflected on his days of service in the Vietnam War in a radio interview on Tuesday, Veterans Day. McCain, a former naval a...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Obama Syria Strategy In Tatters As U.S.-Backed Rebels Lose To Al Qaeda

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Moderate U.S.-backed Syrian rebels seemed weaker than ever on Monday after a weekend of major defeats in the northwestern region of the...

Howard Fineman

Remember The Fresh Promise Of Barack Obama? What Happened To That Guy?

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While traveling recently, I’ve been asked the same question in Beijing, Auckland and Rome: “What happened to Barack Obama?” Thi...

Joe Biden Dings Leon Panetta For 'Inappropriate' Criticisms Of Obama's Syria Strategy

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden took a shot at former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday night for his 'inappropriate" criticisms in a ...

GOP Congressman Urges U.S. Generals To Resign In Protest Of Obama

The Huffington Post | Amanda Gutterman | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics

As U.S.-led airstrikes continue Friday near the Syrian border with Iraq, it's hard to imagine what would make the situation worse than the military su...

Amanda Terkel

Dennis Kucinich Blasts Congress For Lack Of War Vote: 'We Have A Constitutional Crisis'

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama had little trouble convincing Congress -- even Republicans who usually fight tooth and nail against his policies ...

Jennifer Bendery

Calm Settles On Washington As U.S. Bombs Syria

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

The Real Reason We Are Bombing Syria

Dennis J. Kucinich | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Dennis J. Kucinich

Nothing better illustrates the bankruptcy of the Obama administration's foreign policy than funding groups that turn on the U.S. again and again, a neo-con fueled cycle of profits for war makers and destruction of ever-shifting "enemies."

Sam Stein

Dem Senator: Congress Has Opened The Door To The 'Cheney Pre-emptive War Doctine'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As bombs dropped over Syria Monday evening, marking the beginning of a U.S.-led effort to eradicate the Islamic State in that country, m...

Obama On Syria Airstrikes: 'This Is Not America's Fight Alone'

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama spoke on the airstrikes launched Monday night by the U.S. and five Arab countries against Islamic State targets in eastern Syri...

U.S. Begins Airstrikes In Syria, Pentagon Says

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR and ROBERT BURNS | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Combined U.S.-Arab airstrikes on the Islamic State group's military strongholds in Syria achieved their aim of showing the extremi...

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 11.18.2014 | 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 11.17.2014 | 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 11.17.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 11.11.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...