It was a lot like one of those holiday family get-togethers.
You know, one of those annual gatherings that are well-intentioned expressions of love and affection but are simultaneously pregnant with tensions built up over the years among the attending relatives.
When that trying day of togetherness at Grandma’s house ends without the expected fusillade of familial…
There’s a lot of confusion about the announcement by the White House late last week about the upcoming deployment of U.S. special operations forces to Syria, especially after President Obama repeatedly promised — going back to 2013 — no “boots on the ground.”
If you’re perplexed by the news, don’t feel bad, there’s no shortage of people who are mystified by Team…
When President Obama said at the United Nations on Tuesday that “ ... defeating ISIL requires — I believe — a new leader,” I thought for a brief moment I’d finally found something on which he and I could agree.
Then I realized he wasn’t talking about his own leadership.
The president was actually talking about the regime of Bashar Assad, the Syrian dictator Team…
You have to admit it’s quite curious.
I’m talking about the elaborate state visit that President Obama is hosting this week for Chinese President Xi Jinping, replete with a star-studded, formal White House state dinner and a 21-gun salute on the South Lawn tomorrow.
Those are honors not given to many foreign heads of state.
I mean, isn’t this the leader of the…
A year ago today in a nationally televised address, President Obama spoke to the nation about his intention to “degrade” and “ultimately destroy” the Islamic State (aka ISIS) in Iraq and Syria.
Current U.S. strategy consists of an air campaign against the Islamic State, training the Iraqi army to fight ISIS at home, and the development of a Syrian rebel force to battle…
Oh to be a fly on the wall inside the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s meeting today with the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano on the Iran nuclear “side deals” that deal with the IAEA.
Yes, it turns out that there are secret — bilateral — side deals between the IAEA and Iran that accompany the broader nuclear deal…
Tired of the bantering about the deeply-flawed Iran nuclear deal? No worries, there are plenty of other scary scenarios to mull over during your morning coffee beyond the ayatollahs splitting atoms.
For instance, what’s our plan for when the regime of Syria’s Bashar Assad falls? Yes, I said “falls.”
If you haven’t noticed, things are looking pretty darned bleak for…
It turns out the Iran nuke deal is a lot like the guy or gal you spy across the room at a dimly-lit party who from afar seems quite alluring — that is, until you get closer and realize the object of your affection isn’t what you had hoped for.
Not by a long stretch.
For instance, the original idea of a nuclear agreement with Tehran started out with the goal of Iran…
One of the most troubling elements of the Iranian nuclear deal is the financial lifeline it throws to Tehran by lifting the punitive economic sanctions slapped on it because of bad behavior on atomic affairs.
While estimates vary, we’re talking about Tehran pocketing well north of $100 billion — as a start — on “implementation day,” the point at which Iran meets its…
From watching the nuclear negotiations between Iran and six world powers (United States, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia), it seems that in Obama World a “deadline” with Iran is a “deadline,” except when it isn’t.
A lot like a “red line” with Syria over chemical weapons.
Washington’s threats of walking away from the nuclear talks (or inflicting punishment…
With the deadline pushed off until July 7, I’m betting that an Iran nuke deal actually will be trumpeted over the July 4 holiday weekend, since the best time to put out controversial news in Washington, D.C., is near or over a break.
Well, most Americans will be distracted by festivities of fireworks, food and family, giving Team Obama plenty of time to get…
I hate to roust you from your well-deserved summer snooze, but I continue to get a sinking feeling about the threat of the Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) here in the homeland.
Understandably reluctant to lift your head from the hammock in the heat, you ask, “Why?”
Well, pass me your beach shovel and I’ll scribble some statistics here in the sand while you wipe…
The unfolding political, humanitarian and security disaster involving Iraq, Syria and the Islamic State is like watching a slow-motion train wreck.
You desperately want to look away, but you can’t.
While President Obama has been tagged with not having a “complete strategy” for dealing with the Islamic State, based on his own G-7 summit comments this week, the fact is…
The storm clouds of confrontation continue to form over East Asia — even since I scribbled about it in these pages last month (see my May 1 Herald column, “U.S. should up its game to protect Asian interests”).
Like a threatening weather pattern stalled ominously over the region, the chances of the dark gray thunder clouds of conflict clearing out anytime soon isn’t…
One of the unhappy truths of life is that you can get a pretty good idea of your power and popularity by the number of invited — even more so, uninvited — guests who show up at your personal party.
The same might be said of international diplomatic meetings.
So you can imagine how Team Obama must feel about the news that this week’s U.S.-Gulf Cooperation Council summit…
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