Ideas

Fight the Islamic State in Iraq? Sure. In Syria? Not So Much

There’s consensus in Washington about fighting the Islamic State in Iraq, but when it comes to Syria, things get messy. By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Ideas

‘No Boots on the Ground’ Doesn’t Mean No Combat in Iraq

President Obama is vowing not to send 'boots on the ground' in Iraq but they’re already there. By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Ideas

Obama Insiders Frustrated Over Reluctance to Attack Syria and Iraq

The rise of the Islamic State group was not inevitable and the deaths they are causing could have been prevented. By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Ideas

The White House Must Delegate More National Security, Officials Say

To manage the many conflicts happening at once, the White House is urged to loosen its grip. By Gayle Tzemach Lemon

Ideas

‘You Have to Kill Them’ Says Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq

America can ‘twiddle our thumbs’ no longer, say former U.S. ambassadors in the region. By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Ideas

It's the Afghan War, Not Bergdahl, That America Has Forgotten

It took the murky circumstances regarding a POW's return to remind us we are a nation at war. By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Ideas

Conditions on the Ground, Not Deadlines, Should Dictate Afghan Withdrawal

President Obama may want to end the war in Afghanistan, but ignoring the conditions on the ground while he’s packing up is a mistake. By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Ideas

Searching for the Obama Doctrine

In scolding his critics who want more military action, President Obama is overlooking his own supporters who want him to do more. By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Threats

Gen. Allen: It’s Time Obama Commits To Staying in Afghanistan

Former war commander Gen. John Allen says the successful vote in Afghanistan shows why the U.S. can’t abandon the country now. By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Threats

After Afghan Election, Debate Over Post-2014 Troops Continues

Military and diplomatic officials worry that the gains in Afghanistan will be lost if U.S. and NATO forces pack up and leave. By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Ideas

Iraq’s Do-Nothing Legacy

The 11th anniversary of the Iraq invasion finds U.S. leaders paralyzed and gun-shy to intervene anywhere in the Mideast. By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Ideas

Obama’s Foreign Policy Reality Check

The president who wants to shutter America’s wars finds that new conflicts keep opening for business. By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Policy

For Obama, Few Options in Syria

President Obama said there is no military solution for Syria, but sources say counterterrorism ops and direct arms are back on the menu of lousy options. By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Ideas

Military Force vs. Diplomacy: Can You Have One Without the Other?

Obama says the U.S. is entering a new era of reliance on diplomacy over military force. By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Ideas

Why It Matters that Gates Questions Obama’s Will in Afghanistan

Bob Gates’ memoir confirms what many long knew – the Obama administration has not embraced its own Afghanistan policies. By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Ideas

Obama’s Syria Policy in Disarray, Is Counterterrorism Next?

Syria’s opposition imploding “is a big problem,” warns Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Are U.S. counterterrorism operations inevitable? By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Ideas

A Return to Stoning Won’t Help the Effort to Rebrand Afghanistan

Ryan Crocker, Peter Bergen, Steve Coll and other key national security figures are banding together to keep hope alive for Afghanistan's finale. Karzai isn't helping. By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Policy

Shutdown Creates Training ‘Gap’ for Afghanistan-Bound Troops

Commanders halt training for National Guard units deploying to Afghanistan next year, amid shutdown's pay freeze. By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Business

Shutdown Shame: Denying Troop Death Benefits

The families of U.S. troops killed in combat during the shutdown will have to wait for an end to Washington’s gridlock to get emergency death benefits. By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Business

Inside Obama’s Syria Deliberations: ‘The Promise of More Discussion’

Insiders detail a reluctance to engage in military action, and a disconnect between the president and the national security options prepared for his review. By Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

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