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  • Iraq is broken, we can't fix it and there's no good reason to try

    Iraq is broken, and we can't fix it. At this point, there's no good reason to try. There's a lot of political finger-pointing on who's responsible for losing Iraq. That's the wrong question because we never “had” Iraq to lose. Nevertheless, both presidents George W. Bush and Obama must be...

  • America's enemies are emboldened by Obama's reluctance to use its power

    George W. Bush never claimed to be prescient, but here he is in 2007, warning us what would happen if the United States prematurely pulled its troops out of Iraq before Iraqi forces were sufficiently trained, equipped and motivated to defend the country we gave back to them after the ouster of...

  • No intervention in Iraqi civil war without congressional authorization

    On Jan. 12, 1991, with 370,000 U.S. troops already deployed near Iraqi-occupied Kuwait, and a U.N. deadline for Saddam Hussein to withdraw from that country only three days away, the U.S. Congress voted on whether to authorize President George H.W. Bush to use force to reverse Iraq's annexation...

  • Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney form group to 'reverse President Obama's policies'

    The Cheneys are back.

  • Poll watch: Hispanics help drive President Obama's approval rating to a fresh low

    President Obama's approval rating has slipped to a fresh low of 41 percent amid a myriad of scandals involving mismanagement and alleged corruption at multiple federal agencies and a significant loss of support among Hispanics, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. The recent...

  • Obama polling lower than George W. Bush on competency

    Americans now view President Obama as less competent than George W. Bush at the same point in his presidency, according to a new poll.

  • 'Don't do stupid stuff' is smart foreign-policy advice

    On Feb. 28, 2003, a few weeks before launching the “shock and awe” aerial assault on Iraq, President George W. Bush outlined his vision for “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” His administration had “set a goal,” he told the crowd at the American Enterprise Institute's annual dinner: “We...

  • Obama follows polls in foreign policy but public turns against him

    Polls show that most Americans wanted the United States to withdraw from Iraq. Barack Obama did indeed withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq, not troubling to negotiate a readily negotiable status of forces agreement that would have left a contingent of American soldiers there. Polls show that most...

  • Michael McCaul: Crisis in Iraq is 'greatest threat since 9/11'

    Republicans expressed increasing frustration with President Obama for failing to move decisively to stop a Sunni-aligned terrorist group that has gained control of key cities in Iraq and is clashing with the Shiite controlled government for control of Baghdad. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, who...

  • Mitt Romney calls Hillary Clinton's foreign policy 'clueless'

    Mitt Romney focused his fire on Hillary Clinton Sunday, repeatedly slamming her foreign policy record as “clueless” and predicting she will go down in defeat in 2016 because of it. Clinton has no successes to point from her record as secretary of State, Romney said. Her attempt to reset...

  • State Dept. confirms Russian tanks' move into Ukraine

    The State Department early Friday evening confirmed earlier reports that three Russian tanks have crossed into eastern Ukraine to aid separatists fighting the government in Kiev, a move that occurred while the global spotlight was focused on the spiraling violence in Iraq. In a five-paragraph...

  • Iran complicates Obama's decisions on Iraq

    President Obama faced more pressure to intervene militarily in Iraq Friday but his choices became more complicated with reports of Iran stepping in to help its besieged neighbor as Baghdad braced for an attack from insurgents. As the country careened into full-blown sectarian violence, Shiite...

  • Veterans watch as Iraq teeters on the brink

    Two years after the American withdrawal, thousands of Iraq veterans watch in anguish as the country is overrun by Islamic militants, while the West slowly mulls a response.

  • Was the Iraq war a complete waste?

    Let's just say that the Iraq army isn't exactly anchoring a democratic awakening in the Middle East.

  • China-Vietnam clash could spawn new anti-China alliance

    The China-Vietnam confrontation in the South China Sea continues to roil Asia. Gun battles have yet to erupt in the disputed Paracel Island maritime zone where, in early May, China deployed a very large oil exploration and drilling ship. In lieu of anti-ship missiles and fighter-bombers, the...



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