| Sep 11, 2014
| 8:22 AM
Secretary of State John Kerry pressed Arab leaders on Thursday to back President Barack Obama's new military drive against Islamic State, calling for tighter curbs on funding for militants and fewer extremist messages in Arab media.
Meeting Arab leaders...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 7:10 PM
As the United States pivots back onto a war footing in the Middle East, President Obama's strategy is rooted in at least three basic assumptions, all of them highly questionable.
In his prime-time speech Wednesday, Obama envisioned the emergence of a...
| Sep 12, 2014
| 2:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- The strategy President Obama has laid out to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the new Middle East terrorist peril reveals him as a man divided between combating the immediate threat and persevering in his determination get this country of "a...
| Sep 15, 2014
| 3:00 AM
The strategy President Barack Obama has laid out to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the new Middle East terrorist peril reveals him as a man divided between combating the immediate threat and persevering in his determination get this country off "a...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 10:50 AM
President Barack Obama plans to address the nation tomorrow to lay out his strategy for defeating ISIS, the radical Islamist group whose gruesome beheadings and mass killings have terrorized tens of thousands of Iraqi and Syrian civilians in the areas...
| Sep 10, 2014
| 6:00 AM
U.S. leaders hope the government approved by Iraqi lawmakers this week can unite the country’s fractured ethnic and religious communities against the extremist group known as Islamic State.
Secretary of State John F. Kerry was quick to applaud the...
| Sep 3, 2014
| 12:30 PM
The United States plans to fight Islamic State until it is no longer a force in the Middle East and will seek justice for the killing of American journalist Steven Sotloff, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday.
He added destroying the militant group...
| Sep 3, 2014
| 9:13 AM
It's a little hard to figure out the Islamic State's strategy following its second videotaped execution of an American citizen in less than a month. Over the last two years, the group has shown impressive strategic acumen, growing into the world's...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 4:03 PM
Although one is tempted to put the disastrous rule of former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in the rearview mirror, we must study it and learn from his mistakes if Iraq's new leadership — with no small measure of U.S. assistance — is...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 1:54 PM
Baghdad called President 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.
They did. He responded.
With the support of U.S....
| Aug 22, 2014
| 12:57 PM
Days after the grisly killing of American journalist James Foley revived debate about whether the U.S. government should pay ransoms to terrorists, Sen. Barbara Boxer defended its “very clear” policy.
“We don’t negotiate with...