| May 10, 2015
| 8:00 AM
As Iraq's government attempts to reclaim territory seized by the extremist group Islamic State, it has accepted military aid from two rival powers, the United States and Iran. It is a difficult balancing act.
U.S. officials were troubled by the role...
| May 9, 2015
| 5:00 AM
This week, President Obama will gather kings, emirs and sheiks from the oil-rich monarchies of the Persian Gulf at Camp David for a summit aimed at bolstering the U.S. alliance with their Sunni Muslim government.
It's an uncomfortable marriage of...
| May 8, 2015
| 5:47 PM
Unions had a purpose back in the 1920s, but the only thing they do now is increase the prices that we pay for goods and services to the benefit of a small percentage of Illinois workers. When unions push for more money for their members, guess who ends up...
| Apr 8, 2015
| 2:48 PM
My own heritage is fifty shades of blah, and I have never embraced an ethnic identity. But keeping these traditions alive is part of what make the United States vibrant, so I personally see nothing unpatriotic in celebrating Syrian Independence Day with a...
| May 7, 2015
| 5:49 PM
After numerous delays, the U.S. military has started training dozens of Syrian fighters to help confront Islamic State militants inside the war-torn country, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Thursday.
U.S. officials have vetted and cleared more than...
| Mar 5, 2015
| 12:30 PM
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Congress on Tuesday to warn Americans of the anti-Western threats from theocratic -- and likely to soon be nuclear -- Iran.
Netanyahu came to the U.S. to outline the Iranian plan to remake the Middle...
| Mar 4, 2015
| 5:00 AM
When Benjamin Netanyahu accepted an invitation from House Republicans to address Congress on Iran, some expected the Israeli prime minister to offer damning new details about the nuclear agreement that appears to be taking shape. In fact, his speech...
| Mar 4, 2015
| 7:10 AM
Science just served up a double coupon for the argumentative: A new study suggests that climate change is driving a Middle East conflict that brought the Islamic State to prominence.
Climate change contributed to the severity of a record-setting drought...
| Mar 3, 2015
| 2:20 PM
So it finally happened. After weeks of acrimony and politicking, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered his speech before Congress.
Netanyahu spoke Tuesday along the script most anticipated, inveighing against the existential threat that...
| Mar 2, 2015
| 5:51 PM
Thousands of Iraqi troops backed by Iranian-trained Shiite Muslim militias pushed north Monday toward Tikrit, Iraq, marking a major offensive to wrest control of the strategic and heavily symbolic city from the militant group Islamic State.
| Feb 17, 2015
| 3:09 PM
Most presidential campaigns focus mostly on domestic issues such as the economy, taxes and health care, not foreign policy. But the 2016 presidential campaign is already shaping up to be an exception to that rule.
For one thing, the world is a mess. The...