| May 3, 2014
To understand how President Obama feels about the frustrations of foreign policy in an uncooperative world, just look at his testy response to a question from a Fox News reporter last week.
Are critics wrong, the reporter asked, to say that America's...
| Mar 30, 2014
Russian troops are massing menacingly on Ukraine's eastern border. The civil war in Syria is still raging, and 33,000 American troops fight on in Afghanistan. So where is Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel headed this week? To Hawaii — for a meeting with...
| Mar 26, 2014
Michael McFaul was a scholar from Montana when he made his first trip to the West's Cold War enemy, the Soviet Union. Thirty years later, he was President Obama's chief Russia expert, then the United States ambassador in Moscow. He left the ambassadorship...
| Jul 20, 2014
| 2:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- On the day that saw the double whammy of the downing of a Malaysian Airlines over Ukraine and the Israeli invasion of Gaza, President Obama seemed at first conspicuously unengaged for a man customarily regarded as the leader of the "free...
| May 27, 2014
| 5:16 PM
Let us now praise Vladimir Putin.
Yes, Russia's president is a cold-hearted autocrat. And yes, he rules through a network of nasty oligarchs bent on squeezing profit from their country's oil riches. If he covets a piece of territory, he's liable to...
| May 29, 2014
| 2:40 PM
It is fitting that the day before President Barack Obama gives his grand West Point address defending the wisdom and prudence of his foreign policy, his government should be urging Americans to evacuate Libya.
Libya, of course, was once the model...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 2:30 PM
The Russian aggression against Ukraine seems unsurprising to critics of President Obama, including the crusading editorial board of The Washington Post. An editorial this week blamed the unrest in Donetsk and other eastern cities on the administration's...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 7:23 PM
Red lines haven't been kind to President Obama. When he warned Syria's Bashar Assad against using chemical weapons, Assad used them anyway. When he warned Russia against seizing Crimea, Vladimir Putin went ahead and annexed the place.
But there was...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 9:54 AM
The world of high-tech hype was thrown on its ear over the weekend by the news that a computer had passed the "Turing Test" for the first time. The idea was that a machine had finally breached a threshold distinguishing human intelligence from...
| Feb 27, 2013
| 3:04 PM
You've doubtless pondered the role that chance plays in life — who wins, who loses, who lives, who dies. “Everything is Illuminated,” the moving new play on offer at the Next Theatre in Evanston, ponders an especially intriguing piece of...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Last weekend when British Prime Minister David Cameron was insisting, once again, this time to FranÃ§ois Hollande, that the European Union will have to consent to remake itself before 2017 if it expects to keep Britain from quitting the Union,...