| Aug 14, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Early in 2007, with Iraq embroiled in sectarian violence, American diplomats in Baghdad tried to persuade a key Shiite Muslim lawmaker to support the easing of a ban on the Sunni Arab-dominated Baath Party.
At a meeting at the U.S. Embassy, the...
| Aug 18, 2014
"Great nations need organizing principles, and, 'Don't do stupid stuff,' is not an organizing principle."
Hillary Clinton, The Atlantic, Aug. 10
Leave it to President Barack Obama's own former secretary of state to acknowledge the fatal flaw of his...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Frontline's "Losing Iraq" is, in essence, the foreign-policy companion to the PBS news program's recent domestic-surveillance treatise "United States of Secrets," offering an evenhanded approach to a topic where reason is often drowned out elsewhere by...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 6:01 PM
WASHINGTON — President Obama became progressively more pessimistic about prospects for a successful ending to the war in Afghanistan, goaded by inexperienced White House advisors and a dislike of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, according to his...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 4:30 PM
What more than a decade ago was believed by Americans to be the omnipotence of the United States in the Middle East and Central Asia (the "Greater Middle East" as the Bush administration called it) is today being replaced by a fear that the United...
| Mar 31, 2014
| 4:00 AM
FT. MEADE, Md. — In nearly nine years as head of the nation's largest intelligence agency, Gen. Keith Alexander presided over a vast expansion of digital spying, acquiring information in a volume his predecessors would have found unimaginable....
| Mar 18, 2014
| 5:31 PM
His first day on his new job was the day of the LAX shooting, and it's been lights and sirens ever since. James G. Featherstone, Los Angeles' interim fire chief, hasn't unpacked his books or hung framed inspirational works like a Frederic Remington...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 2:30 AM
So who lost Iraq?
The blame game mostly fingers incompetent Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Or is Barack Obama culpable for pulling out all American troops monitoring the success of the 2007-08 surge?
Some still blame George W. Bush for going into...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Another day, another country left to the tender mercies of terrorists. Going by his own arbitrary, purely political deadline, this president and now only nominal Leader of the Free World has been intent on pulling American troops out of one country...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 9:05 PM
As Islamic militants pushed closer to Baghdad, President Obama on Friday ruled out sending American ground troops into Iraq or engaging in any long-term military campaign, saying, "We're not going to allow ourselves to be dragged back in."
Obama said he...
| Jun 19, 2014
Last fall, as President Obama weighed airstrikes against Syria, deliberations followed a clear pattern: The president solicited scores of options, planners returned with possibilities, and, according to people involved, Obama would reply with the same...