Bad News

The danger lurks that with congressional and public opinion out for blood – the poll found 90 percent believing ISIL to be a threat to the vital interests of the U.S. – too much military force will be used, too many violations of human rights will be incurred, and too little international support will be mustered if the U.S. acts unilaterally. September 09, 2014

Iran Postponed

Nuclear talks with Iran resume September 19, and the Obama administration is correct in stating that a breakthrough is unlikely. It is baffling why it is not widely known that the U.S. cannot conclude a deal before the November mid-term elections. Doing so would bring a congressional veto. After the mid-terms, the administration will face less bipartisan and Israeli opposition – at least not a vociferous as one before. September 18, 2014

Open Season on Obama's Foreign Policy

September 18, 2014

It is no surprise that, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll, 56 percent of Americans disapprove of the president’s handling of international affairs. Foreign policy experts in Congress, which includes almost every one, and in the media, which includes almost every one, have been beating the drum about Obama’s feckless, weak, soft, indecisive, non-strategic approach to a highly dangerous world.  ...more

Discord over Strategy Seems Clear

September 19, 2014

The military has some concerns about Obama's strategy. The apparent disconnect between how the military sees the current conflict and how to resource it and the White House's vision of the same is defining the mission in these early days. The WaPo's Craig Whitlock: "Flashes of disagreement over how to fight the Islamic State are mounting between President Obama and U....more

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