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Containment-plus: Obama's real Syria strategy

Containment-plus: Obama's real Syria strategy

September 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — Late, hesitant and reluctant as he is, President Barack Obama has begun effecting a workable strategy against the Islamic State. True, he's been driven there by public opinion. Does anyone imagine that without the broadcast beheadings we'd be doing anything more than pinprick strikes within Iraq? If Obama can remain steady through future fluctuations in public opinion, his strategy might succeed.

  • Obama's uncertain trumpet

    September 13, 2014

    — In his recent Islamic State speech, President Barack Obama said many of the right things. Most importantly, he finally got the mission right: degrade and destroy the enemy.

  • Obama spouts lame refrain as Putin bullies Ukraine

    September 8, 2014

    At his first press briefing after the beheading of American James Foley, President Barack Obama stunned the assembled when he admitted that he had no strategy in Syria for confronting the Islamic State. Yet it was not nearly the most egregious, or consequential, thing he said.

  • The best way to keep companies in U.S.

    August 31, 2014

    The Obama administration is highly exercised about "inversion," the practice by which an American corporation acquires a foreign company and moves its headquarters out of the U.S. to benefit from lower tax rates abroad.

  • Obama's weak case for strong action

    August 24, 2014

    Baghdad called President Barack Obama's bluff and he came through. He had refused to provide air support to Iraqi government forces until the Iraqis got rid of their divisive sectarian prime minister.

  • Clinton's right — Obama has no direction

    August 18, 2014

    "Great nations need organizing principles, and, 'Don't do stupid stuff,' is not an organizing principle."

  • Amnesty as impeachment bait

    August 11, 2014

    President Obama dangles amnesty for illegal immigrants as impeachment bait. Read his own words on why he can't do that unilaterally in a "nation of laws."

  • Clueless Kerry plays into hands of Hamas

    August 4, 2014

    Bungling Kerry plays into Hamas' hands at expense of Israel and moderate Arab states

  • Can the Obama administration be trusted?

    June 17, 2013

    — Thirty-five years ago in United States v. Choate, the courts ruled that the U.S. Postal Service may record "mail cover," i.e., what's written on the outside of an envelope — the addresses of sender and receiver.

  • Obama leading U.S. into irrelevance

    June 3, 2013

    "This war, like all wars, must end. That's what history advises …"

  • Barack Obama: The fall

    May 6, 2013

    — Fate is fickle, power cyclical, and nothing is new under the sun. Especially in Washington, where after every election the losing party is sagely instructed to confess sin, rend garments and rethink its principles lest it go the way of the Whigs. And where the victor is hailed as the new Caesar, facing an open road to domination.

  • The Obama budget and the appearance of reform

    April 15, 2013

    — Well, at least we're starting to get the procedure right. Washington has rediscovered the beauty of the boring. It's called "regular order," using the normal, routine, constitutional process to arrive at, for example, a budget.

  • What Obama really said in Israel

    April 1, 2013

    "I honestly believe that if any Israeli parent sat down with those (Palestinian) kids, they'd say, 'I want these kids to succeed.'"

  • Obama must codify the drone war

    March 18, 2013

    — In choice of both topic and foil, Rand Paul's now legendary Senate filibuster was a stroke of political genius. The topic was, ostensibly, very narrow: Does the president have the constitutional authority to put a drone-launched Hellfire missile through your kitchen — you, a good citizen of Topeka, Kan., to whom POTUS might have taken a dislike — while you're cooking up a pot roast?

  • From Obama: Hail, Armageddon

    March 4, 2013

    WASHINGTON — "The worst-case scenario for us," a leading anti-budget-cuts lobbyist told The Washington Post, "is the sequester hits and nothing bad really happens."

  • In defense of Obama's drone war

    February 18, 2013

    — The nation's vexation over the morality and legality of President Barack Obama's drone war has produced a salutary but hopelessly confused debate. Three categories of questions are being asked. They must be separated to be clearly understood.

  • Call Obama's sequester bluff

    February 11, 2013

    WASHINGTON — For the first time since Election Day, President Barack Obama is on the defensive. That's because on March 1, automatic spending cuts ("sequestration") go into effect — $1.2 trillion over 10 years, half from domestic (discretionary) programs, half from defense.



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