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Irrational Fear of Iran

A Gallup poll issued this month says that 99 percent of the American public now has become convinced that Iran's civilian nuclear program will threaten "the vital...

North Africa Next?

PARIS -- I watched some of the Washington Sunday political talk shows this week on international television. The participants' main foreign preoccupation seemed to...

Change at the Pentagon

During his first term, President Barack Obama steered a middle course that displeased people on both extremes of the political spectrum. His health-care law...

Reagan Is Obama's Touchstone

To understand how Barack Obama sees himself and his presidency, don't look to Franklin Roosevelt or Abraham Lincoln. Obama's role model is Ronald Reagan -- and that...

Hide & Seek

If you knew only the plots of Argo and Zero Dark Thirty, you might conclude that they are sibling movies. Both are based on actual events—respectively, the rescue...

Second Act

Barack Hussein Obama can begin his second term liberated by the confidence that he is already a landmark figure in American history. His task is not to manufacture...

Imperial Illusions

On the morning of October 9, 2009, Barack Obama learned that he had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. That afternoon, in an irony that would probably not have...

Syrian Chemical Weapons Threat: Eerily Familiar?

Since the beginning of December, military gas (sarin, a nerve agent) has claimed a major place in discussion of the civil war in Syria. The Syrian government has...

Obama and Drones

It is no secret that President Barack Obama has conducted a very aggressive—and by many measures effective—campaign of targeted killings against Al Qaeda and the...

Illegal Tactic, Unending War

It is a profound but nearly universal mistake among Americans (and others) to think that the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan in 2013 or 2014 will end...

How the Right Wing Lost in 2012

The right wing has lost the election of 2012.The evidence for this is overwhelming, yet it is the year's best-kept secret. Mitt Romney would not be throwing...

Unclear Choice, Troubling Policies

The third American presidential debate was of negligible interest as a test of the qualities of the candidates, whatever it did or did not do to the presidential...
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Book Reviews

Kill Chain

May 18, 2015 | 1 comment

The Young T.E. Lawrence

April 30, 2015 | 0 comments

Born from the Gaze of God

January 12, 2015 | 0 comments

Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms

December 17, 2014 | 0 comments

Defensive Secretary

May 14, 2014 | 7 comments

Outside the Law

April 22, 2013 | 1 comment

Imperial Illusions

January 14, 2013 | 0 comments