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U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr.

Obama May Have to Send Troops

President Obama is adamant that the war against the Islamic State will not escalate to the use of U.S. ground troops. But the more I see and hear of his strategy, the more I fear that “mission creep”—even if the president resists it—is baked in from the start.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 READ MORE



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What If This Doesn’t Work?

President Obama has committed the United States to another open-ended Middle East war in which the potential for doing harm rivals the possibility of doing good.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Air National Guard/Master Sgt. Scott Thompson

Bombs, Boots and Bluster Won’t Work

President Obama’s strategy against the Islamic State may be hard to pin down—maddeningly so, some complain—but it is likely to work far better than anything his bellicose critics advocate.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Our Challenge With Islam

Destroying, degrading or containing the Islamic State—whichever goal President Obama chooses—will be the easy part. Finding ways for fundamentalist Islam to express itself peacefully is a bigger, tougher and more important project.

Posted on Sep 5, 2014 READ MORE



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The GOP Wave Has Failed to Materialize

Meanwhile, back at the ranch—as foreign events hog the spotlight—why haven’t Republicans sealed the deal on the coming election?

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/MC3 Chris Cavagnaro

Have We Gone to War Again?

I’d like to know whether the United States is at war with the Islamic State.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 READ MORE



When Mistakes Become Deadly

To be young, male and black in America means not being allowed to make mistakes. Forgetting this, as we’ve seen so many times, can be fatal.

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Spousal Secrets No More

How far would you go to stay out of jail? Would you publicly humiliate your wife of 38 years, portraying her as some kind of shrieking harridan? Would you put the innermost secrets of your marriage on display, inviting voyeurs to rummage at will?

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE



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The Ones Left Behind

The fire this time is about invisibility. Our society expects the police to keep unemployed, poorly educated African-American men out of sight and out of mind. When they suddenly take center stage, illuminated by the flash and flicker of Molotov cocktails, we feign surprise.

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Our Selective Outrage

The killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown has rightly provoked widespread outrage, drawing international media attention and prompting a comment from President Obama. The same should be true—but tragically is not—of the killing of 3-year-old Knijah Amore Bibb.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Paying for the 2003 Invasion

As President Obama struggles to deal with the crisis in Iraq, it’s useful to remember who gave the world this cauldron of woe in the first place: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 READ MORE



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What ‘War on Whites’?

If there really were a “war on whites,” as a Republican congressman from Alabama ludicrously claims, it wouldn’t be going very well for the anti-white side.

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Time to Tame the Monster

The CIA now admits that it spied on a Senate investigation into the agency’s shameful program of secret detention and torture. Do we need any more proof that the spooks are out of control?

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 READ MORE



Give Kerry a Break

Secretary of State John Kerry was right to push for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza earlier this week.

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Republican Lawmakers on Strike

The Republican Party’s paralysis on immigration is so complete—and so utterly irresponsible—that President Obama has no choice but to act on his own.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Losing the Moral High Ground

The civilian death toll in Gaza from Israel’s latest incursion is appalling. The right to self-defense is inalienable, but it is not free from moral constraints.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 READ MORE



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The Downside of Giving Weapons

The bodies and debris that rained from the Ukrainian sky offer a cautionary lesson about the danger of giving heavy weapons to non-state actors.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Nobody Really Wants to Make Peace

Israelis and Palestinians may someday make peace. But the assumption should be that it won’t happen soon—perhaps not in our lifetimes.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Republicans Do Nothing but Rant

Apparently there’s a contest among Republicans to see who can be more shameless and irresponsible in criticizing President Obama’s foreign policy. So far, Chris Christie is winning.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE



Ron Reiring (CC-BY)

An Overriding Need for Reform Now

There’s no objective need for President Obama to visit the Texas-Mexico border and see the immigration crisis firsthand, but he shouldn’t have claimed that “I’m not interested in photo ops.”

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE



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NSA’s Misguided Mission

Even those who believe the National Security Agency’s vacuum-cleaner surveillance of electronic communications does not trample privacy rights should be troubled by this practical implication: If you try to know everything, you end up knowing nothing.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Hillary Is Not Finished

In politics, as in many endeavors, it helps to be underestimated. In this sense, Hillary Clinton is doing great.

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 READ MORE



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The Drone Dilemma

In our growing reliance on armed drones as instruments of war, how slippery is the slope we’re sliding on?

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 READ MORE



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Calamity on an ‘Ungrateful Volcano’

Iraq is shattered and 300 U.S. military advisers can’t put the pieces back together. So now what? An old saying about the Middle East comes to mind: Things can always get worse.

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE



Crystian Cruz (CC-BY-ND)

The Joy of the World Cup

Henry Kissinger was wrong to dismiss Chile as “a dagger pointed at the heart of Antarctica.” On Wednesday, the South American nation was a scalpel that excised the soul of Spain.

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Overdosing on Tea

The Republican Party’s reliance on tea party support is like an addict’s dependence on a dangerous drug: It may feel good at first, but eventually it eats you alive.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Hillary’s Pre-Campaign Campaign

The curse of inevitability isn’t likely to ruin Hillary Clinton’s presidential ambitions, assuming she has them. Not this time.

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 READ MORE



Six Points Concerning Bergdahl

Bringing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl home was the right thing to do, and President Obama did it in a mostly reasonable way.

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Saving the World One Coal Plant at a Time

Even for people who don’t believe in it, climate change just got real. It’s about time.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Sending Drones Not Divisions

In the post-Cold War era, it was possible to hold grand illusions and chase utopian dreams. As President Obama understands, and his foreign policy critics fail to grasp, that time is past.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

The Times When Race Matters

When Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., remarked last week that some of the opposition to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is “maybe he’s of the wrong color,” he was just saying out loud what many people believe.

Posted on May 26, 2014 READ MORE



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GOP Still Swallowing the Tea

What’s happening in the Republican primaries is less a defeat for the tea party than a surrender by the GOP establishment, which is winning key races by accepting the tea party’s radical anti-government philosophy.

Posted on May 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Clinton Gets the GOP Treatment

Republican panic at the prospect of facing Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race has suddenly reached Godzilla-nearing-Tokyo proportions.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Showtime on Benghazi

Before asking a question at the coming show trial, each self-righteous congressional inquisitor should be required to correctly locate Benghazi on an unlabeled map.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Lawrence Jackson

The Consequential Obama

In both the domestic and foreign spheres, Obama has had transformational impact. And there is more to come.

Posted on May 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Time for Some Happy Talk

Despite Republican claims to the contrary, things are definitely looking up. Democrats ought to be clicking their heels and spreading the good news.

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE



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No Humane Way to Die

No one who supports the death penalty should have the slightest problem with the way Clayton Lockett died.

Posted on May 2, 2014 READ MORE



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The Racists Among Us

Let’s not pretend that deadbeat rancher Cliven Bundy and basketball team owner Donald Sterling are the last two racists in America. They have company.

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 READ MORE



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The Court Stacks the Deck

Affirmative action has opened doors for disadvantaged minorities and made this a fairer, more equal society. The Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts apparently wants no more of that.

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 READ MORE



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Where Macondo Came Alive

Years before I met him, Gabriel Garcia Marquez changed my life.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 READ MORE



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On Climate, Business as Usual

Despite mounting evidence that global warming is an urgent crisis, emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases grew faster between 2000 and 2010 than over the previous three decades, according to an authoritative new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Posted on Apr 18, 2014 READ MORE



A Victory Lap for Obamacare

All the naysaying in the world can’t drown out mounting evidence that the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature domestic achievement, is a real success.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE


Share the Torture Report

Torture is immoral, illegal and irreconcilable with this nation’s most cherished values. If defenders of the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program disagree, they should come out and say so. Instead, they blow smoke.

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Paul Ryan’s Excuse to Do Nothing About Poverty

Blaming poverty on the mysterious influence of “culture” is a convenient excuse for doing nothing to address the problem.

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Malaysia Airlines: Into the Twilight Zone

Let me go out on a limb: The Malaysian airliner did not get sucked into a black hole, vanish over the Indian Ocean equivalent of the Bermuda Triangle or crash-land on the spooky island from “Lost.”

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 READ MORE



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A Midterm Imperative

Here is what Democrats should learn from their party’s loss in a special House election in Florida last week: Wishy-washy won’t work.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 READ MORE



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The CIA Is Out of Line

We now have even more proof that our burgeoning intelligence agencies, which were given unprecedented latitude to wage war against terrorists, are dangerously out of control.

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 READ MORE



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The American Story of Slavery

Hollywood has finally taken an unflinching look at slavery. It’s past time for the rest of the country to do the same.

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Before Crimea There Was Iraq, Afghanistan, Panama, Grenada and So On

Even as Washington condemns Moscow for its outrageous aggression, we reserve the right to fire deadly missiles into Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and who knows where else.

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

A Helping Hand for Young Men of Color

“My Brother’s Keeper” has a much nicer ring than “Stop and Frisk.” It also promises to be a more effective, less self-defeating way to address the interlocking social and economic crises afflicting young men of color.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE


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