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The President Prepares for Final State of the Union Address

Posted January 11th, 2016 at 1:36 pm (UTC-4)
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“I don’t think I’ve ever been more optimistic about the year ahead as I am right now.”

In Unstable World, Is the US Pursing “Soft Power” Options?

Posted August 7th, 2015 at 5:36 pm (UTC-4)
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President Obama’s race to the White House in 2008 included a promise the get the United States out of Iraq. Just over six years later, US combat troops are back home from Iraq. But thanks to a failed experiment with US-backed democracy there, the Islamic State has taken over parts of both Iraq and Syria, pulling the US back into the turmoil.

Climate Change Plan Invites Praise, Criticism

Posted August 3rd, 2015 at 12:34 pm (UTC-4)
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The Obama administration has unveiled its Clean Power Plan, a set of mandates that will require states to sharply reduce their carbon emissions by 2022. Not surprisingly, there is strong opposition, most especially politicians and businesses from coal-producing states. But environmentalists are praising the “bold” new rules, which are expected to spark a series of lawsuits.

Deconstructing Syria: A New Strategy for America’s Most Hopeless War

Posted June 30th, 2015 at 9:36 am (UTC-4)
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While the Obama administration’s strategy for Iraq requires substantial upgrading in light of recent Islamic State (or ISIL) successes in and around Ramadi in particular, the plan for Syria is in much worse shape.

For Obama, No Middle Ground in the Mideast

Posted June 8th, 2015 at 8:42 am (UTC-4)
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Other People’s Armies

Posted May 21st, 2015 at 12:23 pm (UTC-4)
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Wary of the high costs of war (as illustrated by the unhappy interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan he was elected to end), a central principle of Obama’s plan in this regard has been something that could be characterized as “Other People’s Armies”…