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  • Fight With Islamic State Requires Persistence

    What happens when an American plan for limited war against the Islamic State meets the savage reality of combat, as happened this week when the extremists pounded Kurdish fighters just inside Syria's border with Turkey? The cry rose in Washington and...
  • Is America speeding headlong into new Middle East morass?

    "I don't oppose all wars," said Barack Obama, then an Illinois state senator, in 2002. "What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war." Few would describe Obama's use of military force against the Islamic State as rash, given...
  • Catalogue of woes puts Washington in the doldrums

    WASHINGTON -- Baseball lore recalls that legendary manager Casey Stengel, when running the hapless 1962 New York Mets, forlornly asked his charges: "Can't anybody here play this game?" It's an appropriate question right now in the nation's capital...
  • Turkey Playing Double Game With Kurds

    During the 1944 Warsaw uprising, Stalin ordered the advancing Red Army to stop at the outskirts of the city while the Nazis, for 63 days, annihilated the non-Communist Polish partisans. Only then did Stalin take Warsaw. No one can match Stalin for...
  • Disorganized Proxy War Creates Syrian Chaos

    Disorganized Proxy War Creates Syrian Chaos
    The squabbling factions that make up the Syrian "moderate opposition" should get their act together. But so should the foreign nations — such as the United States, Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Jordan — that have been funding the chaotic...
  • ISIS is prompting moderate Muslims to speak up

    ISIS is prompting moderate Muslims to speak up
    One of the main talking points for people who want to tarnish all Muslims with the behavior of violent radicals is that peaceful Muslims don't condemn the violence being committed in the name of their religion. I just saw another Morning Call letter...
  • President Obama will go out with a war cry

    Anyone who wondered how Barack Obama was going to spend the last two years of his presidency got an answer last week: He'll be fighting a war. When the president talks about his new offensive against the extremist group that calls itself Islamic State,...
  • Timing a debate on war-making

    WASHINGTON -- Now that President Obama has laid his case before the United Nations for a concerted international war on the emerging Islamic State, if and when should the argument be debated in Congress? Obama legal experts have insisted that the...
  • Containment-plus: Obama's real Syria strategy

    Containment-plus: Obama's real Syria strategy
    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...
  • Rachel Marsden: General Assembly an exercise in message-shaping

    World leaders, some of whom are taking their shady human-rights records and diplomatic immunity out for some exercise, have descended upon New York City this week for the United Nations General Assembly. In this celebrated display of self-flagellation,...
  • Libya's only a part of Mideast equation

    The eyes of the world are on the battle for Libya. It's undeniably a compelling drama: Spirited but untrained rebels, plus NATO airstrikes, pitted against an eccentric dictator with a cinematic wardrobe. But it's the wrong drama to worry about. The...