Best of 2019: Politics

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech at an event in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019.

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech at an event in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019.

A look back at some of the top political stories of the year.

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Ankara?

Katie Bo Williams: The question is not “Can we live with a rogue Turkey?” but “Do we have a choice?” said one U.S. official.

The US Might Have Warded Off Turkey’s Syria Invasion, Says DOD’s Outgoing Mideast Policy Chief

Katie Bo Williams: U.S. and Turkish officials were shoring up a joint-patrol deal when Trump scuttled it.

The US Literally Doesn’t Know How Many ISIS Fighters Have Escaped In Syria

Katie Bo Williams: “We just have less eyes on the ground to know for sure what is happening,” said one senior defense official.

Pentagon Caught In The Middle Of Trump’s Ukraine Scandal

Katie Bo Williams: Some presidential allies want to hang the security-aid freeze on the Defense Department. There’s no evidence for that.

Trump Officials Meet With Libyan Politician Aligned With Opposition ‘Strongman’ In Potential Policy Shift

Katie Bo Williams: US support for the UN-recognized Libyan government is in question after a series of quiet meetings with an enterprising presidential hopeful.

Guantanamo Is Becoming a Nursing Home for Its Aging Terror Suspects

Katie Bo Williams: The Pentagon is required to give Gitmo detainees the same medical care as U.S. troops. How’s that going to work?

Graham: I Told Turkey They Can Avoid Sanctions If They Don’t Activate Russian Radar

Katie Bo Williams: Sen. Lindsay Graham says President Trump asked him to make the call.

One Theme Unites 2020 Dems: Rein in President’s War Powers

Katie Bo Williams: Many voted to repeal the old AUMFs; Buttigieg proposes a 3-year sunset.

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