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  • Obama to promise no 'combat troops' for anti-ISIS fight

    "Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy," Obama plans to stress.

  • House Dems have questions for Obama

    "We've got to cut off the financial flows to them," said Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. "That involves cooperation. That does not involve shooting."

  • Reid calls for vote on training Syrian rebels

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In the run-up to a presidential address, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called on Wednesday for a quick pre-election vote to approve the administration's request to train and equip Syrian rebels fighting terrorists seeking an Islamic state in the Middle East. House...

  • Even the Bush White House polled better than this

    With Obama set to address the nation on Wednesday night, trust in the nation's elected leaders to deal effectively with issues overseas has fallen to just 43 percent, an all-time low.

  • Obama asks House to authorize training missions against Islamic State

    President Obama is seeking "limited authorization" for expanding U.S. military force in the Middle East, including some American boots on the ground, sources tell the Washington Examiner.

  • Weapons watchdog: Chlorine likely used in Syria

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A toxic chemical, almost certainly chlorine, was used "systematically and repeatedly" as a weapon in attacks on villages in northern Syria earlier this year, the global chemical weapons watchdog said Wednesday. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical...

  • VIDEO: 5 things to watch for in Obama's ISIS address

    Here are five things to watch for tonight in President Obama's primetime speech on confronting the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

  • Kerry travels to Iraq

    Kerry's presence in Baghdad will give him a chance to discuss his efforts to enlist other regional governments in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

  • Obama huddles with national security team ahead of speech

    President Obama will meet with all the major players of his national security team late Wednesday morning ahead of a national address on his plans to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, one of the most important foreign policy speeches of his presidency.

  • Reid: Give Obama authority to equip Syrian rebels

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Congress should give President Barack Obama authority to train and equip Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants, without rushing into a war like the one in Iraq. Speaking several hours before Obama's planned prime-time address...

  • Building anti-Islamic State coalition could be a heavy lift

    When President Obama addresses the nation Wednesday night about his plans to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, he will likely lay the ultimate responsibility for securing the extremist group's lasting defeat on a regional coalition of Middle East countries.

  • The stupidity of 'don't do stupid stuff'

    Never use force, don't threaten force, and no one will blame you for anything. Pull out of wars and your foes will stop fighting. Don't send men to war and your hands will be clean.

  • Obama speech will lay out 'offensive phase' against Islamic State

    The president's speech at 9 p.m., a high-volume viewing time, means that the president believes that fighting Islamic State is a "high national security priority," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Tuesday.

  • On Islamic State, public opinion shift gives Obama chance to lead from behind

    The president does not have to issue a grand rallying cry against the Islamic State. All he has to do is follow American public opinion.

  • What defines success or failure for Obama on foreign policy?

    Everything in Obama's history suggests that he is going to leave the job half done, so long as that gets the issue off the front pages and off the TV newscasts.



From the Weekly Standard