Empty ThreatsWhy even a Republican-controlled Congress will give President Obama the authority to wage war.
The Best DefenseAshton Carter may be the right person to lead the Pentagon, but why was the shortlist of candidates so short?
Jaw-Jaw With IranWe are likely going to blow the deadline in the Iranian nuclear negotiations. But why not just keep talking?
Sins of OmissionCitizenfour is a fine documentary. Too bad the director glossed over some important details—and Edward Snowden didn’t gloss over more.
Eastern Contradictions There is an enormous gulf between what President Obama is saying about Ukraine and what he appears willing to do.
Obama’s Next MoveThe president just described ISIS as a threat to civilization. Now he must back up those words with action.
ISIS’ Leader Just Declared Himself CaliphWhy that might actually mean that the militia is sputtering.
The Muddled MissionThe president’s foreign policy message was wise, even if the actual execution has often confused means and ends.
Rouhani’s Big GambleIran’s president is squaring off against his country’s hard-liners. We better hope he succeeds.
There’s No Way Bush and Cheney Didn’t KnowThe Senate Intelligence Committee suggests that the White House knew everything about the CIA’s torture program but the details.
Let’s Make a DealChina’s Xi Jinping seems to understand that with great power comes at least some responsibility.
A Creeping SensationIf he’s not careful, President Obama is about to be sucked into a wider war in the Middle East.
Obama Shouldn’t Bomb ISIS in SyriaWe have no strategy for intervening there, and no reason to think it will work.
Putin’s FingerprintsVladimir Putin is responsible for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. His next move will matter most of all.
Angela Merkel Is Very AngryIn expelling the CIA station chief in Berlin, she’s sending a serious message to Obama.