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Oct. 16 2014 4:52 PMSins of OmissionCitizenfour is a fine documentary. Too bad the director glossed over some important details—and Edward Snowden didn’t gloss over more.
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Sept. 23 2014 4:04 PMThe Right TargetWhy Obama’s airstrikes against ISIS may be more effective than people expect.
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Sept. 11 2014 12:29 AMObama at WarThe president outlined a reasonable strategy for attacking ISIS. What could go wrong?
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Aug. 27 2014 5:49 PMObama Shouldn’t Bomb ISIS in SyriaWe have no strategy for intervening there, and no reason to think it will work.
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Aug. 12 2014 6:56 PMThe Case for Helping the KurdsA thriving Kurdistan is necessary for a democratic Iraq.
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July 21 2014 5:39 PMPutin’s FingerprintsVladimir Putin is responsible for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. His next move will matter most of all.
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July 11 2014 5:51 PMRIP, Charlie HadenThe jazz great loved a gorgeous song.
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July 1 2014 8:48 AMISIS’ Leader Just Declared Himself CaliphWhy that might actually mean that the militia is sputtering.
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June 16 2014 6:16 PMWhy Iran Is America’s Best New Partner in the Middle EastSometimes we must form alliances with unpleasant nations to prevent something worse.
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June 2 2014 5:47 PMWhat People Don’t Understand About the Bergdahl DealAmerica negotiates with terrorists. These were not terrorists. And this could be the start of something big. 
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May 26 2014 9:28 PMDid Peace Just Break Out in Ukraine?Why the standoff with Vladimir Putin may have ended.
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May 14 2014 1:54 PMThe Right Goal in UkraineDon’t be distracted by Putin and his antics. The real test is stabilizing Ukraine.
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April 23 2014 5:04 PMObama’s Trip to Asia Has Been Hijacked by the Crisis in Ukraine
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March 28 2014 4:38 PMThe Alarmist Claims That NATO Can’t Defend Europe From Russia Are Preposterous
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March 7 2014 5:36 PMFalse WarningsPresident Obama has bungled his negotiations with Vladimir Putin.
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Oct. 8 2014 6:18 PMA Creeping SensationIf he’s not careful, President Obama is about to be sucked into a wider war in the Middle East.
Politics
Sept. 17 2014 5:21 PMDon’t Worry, Obama Isn’t Sending U.S. Troops to Fight ISISBut the next president might. 
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Sept. 4 2014 12:06 PMEastern Contradictions There is an enormous gulf between what President Obama is saying about Ukraine and what he appears willing to do.
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Aug. 20 2014 7:01 PMObama’s Next MoveThe president just described ISIS as a threat to civilization. Now he must back up those words with action.
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July 23 2014 5:17 PMAmerica’s Flight 17The time the United States blew up a passenger plane—and tried to cover it up.
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July 17 2014 5:12 PMIsrael’s Deadly Gambits  The Israeli government has lost the ability to think strategically.
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July 11 2014 4:25 PMAngela Merkel Is Very AngryIn expelling the CIA station chief in Berlin, she’s sending a serious message to Obama.
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June 25 2014 6:04 PMIt’s Not Our WarThe United States should help others crush ISIS, and not much else.
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June 11 2014 5:18 PMAfter MosulIf jihadists control Iraq, blame Nouri al-Maliki, not the United States.
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May 28 2014 4:29 PMObama Lays Siege to His CriticsAt West Point, President Obama defends a foreign policy vision based on more than U.S. military might.
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May 21 2014 2:33 PMWhy Did the Justice Department Indict Five Chinese Military Officers?Obama wants Beijing to know how much we know.
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April 28 2014 6:21 PMThe Sanctions IllusionObama has chosen to go after Putin’s cronies. But do sanctions ever really work?
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April 14 2014 6:21 PMWhy Putin May Stand DownKiev is offering the Russian strongman what he wants, without his having to send in the tanks.
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March 19 2014 6:45 PMHow to Stop Putin in His TracksHe knows he’s weak. The West must show we know it, too.
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March 4 2014 6:11 PMHow to Punish PutinIgnore him. He’s running a regional power and isn’t half as smart as Cold Warriors think.

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