The president has reason to be frustrated that one sentence ripped out of context can paint a picture of a directionless approach to the world.
If revanchism seems far-fetched, even old-fashioned, consider the passions at work today in familiar trouble spots.
Does the threat of ISIS justify expanding military involvement in Iraq? Obama faces a decision he set out to avoid.
Gates saw himself as a manager working to get things done. But managerial skills used in the service of getting the wrong things done is of little help to anybody.
If you doubt the cost of indulging in political pieties rather than political organizing, compare the influence of Occupy Wall Street with the Tea Party.
A fear that the United States not only has decisively lost its power in the region, but is also responsible for why everything seems to be going wrong.
'The Irony of American History' shines a klieg light on the so-called war on terror and the current debate over the operations of our “national security state."
It is ever more important that transparency and accountability be built into the government’s antiterrorism efforts.
Many Syrian Christians who wouldn’t deny Assad’s record of repressing political opponents would rather put up with that than live under the rule of Islamists.
Even if everything the government does to combat terrorism is technically legal, not everything legal is prudent, wise, or morally justified.
It's not an all-or-nothing debate: We can be far more mindful of privacy than we have been without gutting the government's ability to stop future attacks.