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'Scandal' deflects substantive issues of Benghazi

Remember the scandal of "the 16 words"? If not, the quick version is this: A former ambassador named Joseph C. Wilson IV charged in 2003 that President George W. Bush had included in his State of the Union address a (16-word) allegation about Iraq that his top aides knew to be false - that S…

May 14, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Indecisive Obama shares blame for Mideast chaos

A year ago Barack Obama described the epic wave of revolution that had begun in Tunisia and Egypt as "a historic opportunity" for the United States "to pursue the world as it should be." He said America must promote "change that advances self-determination and opportunity." And he asserted t…

June 26, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

In China, talk of political reform is gaining force

The worrying news from China is that the country appears headed toward an economic and political crash sometime in the next five years, if current trends continue. The somewhat better news is that a large part of the elite grasps that danger, and is talking fairly openly about the far-reachi…

May 29, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Obama's foreign-policy initiatives have faltered

The political writers tell us that President Obama's foreign affairs record will be one of his strengths with voters in the 2012 campaign. The logic is pretty simple; Obama himself summed it up in 11 words at the Pentagon recently: "We've ended our war in Iraq. We've decimated al-Qaida's lea…

January 10, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

US envoy has it right: Afghanistan hard, not hopeless

Ryan Crocker sounds very far from Washington - and not only because he is talking over an uncertain phone line from Kabul.

September 13, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

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