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Opinion: Intelligence chief outlines challenges
September 19, 2014
The U.S. has made the same mistake in evaluating fighters from the Islamic State that it did in Vietnam — by underestimating the enemy’s will, according to James Clapper, the director of national intelligence.
Opinion: Congress must authorize ISIS war
September 18, 2014
The United States last declared war many wars ago, on June 5, 1942, when, to clarify legal ambiguities during a world conflagration, it declared war on Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Today’s issue is not whether to declare war but only whether the president should even seek congressional authorization for the protracted use of force against the Islamic State. 
Opinion: No defense for what Ray Rice did
September 17, 2014
Last week, USA Today quoted women fans who pointedly support Rice, the NFL star dropped by the Baltimore Ravens and indefinitely suspended by the league this month for a February incident in which he cold-cocked his then-fiancee (now wife) Janay Palmer.
Opinion: U.S. boots are already on the ground
September 17, 2014
Here’s a national-security riddle: How can President Obama provide limited military support on the ground to help “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State without formally violating his pledge not to send U.S. combat troops? The answer may lie in the legal alchemy known as “Title 50.”
Opinion: Obama should challenge Cuba
September 16, 2014
President Barack Obama’s biggest upcoming diplomatic challenge in Latin America will be whether to attend the 34-country Summit of the Americas alongside Cuban leader Raúl Castro, who has been invited by the host country — Panama — over U.S. objections. I think Obama should go, and do something really bold there.
Opinion: Islamic State threat too big to ignore
September 15, 2014
Now that President Barack Obama has finally laid out a strategy to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State, there are only two (very big) questions that matter: Is this strategy really necessary?
Opinion: Scottish independence vote is epic
September 15, 2014
Tucking into a dish of Scottish haggis is not a task for the fainthearted. There are various haggis recipes, but basically it is sheep’s pluck — the heart, lungs and liver — cooked together, then mixed with suet and oatmeal and boiled in a sheep’s stomach, then served, sometimes drenched with Scotch. People who pour whisky on oatmeal are not shrinking violets. Remember this on Thursday when Scotland votes on independence from the United Kingdom.
Opinion: Big ‘if’ as U.S. heads back to Mideast
September 14, 2014
If. Two letters long, it is arguably the most fruitless word in the English language, an evocation of paths not taken, possibilities foreclosed, regrets stacked high — and it lies like a pall of smoke over President Obama’s Wednesday-night announcement that this country is returning to war, albeit with air strikes only, in a place we just left behind in 2011 after spending almost nine years, over a trillion dollars and 4,425 lives.
Opinion: Obama’s trumpet uncertain, again
September 13, 2014
In his Islamic State speech, President Obama said many of the right things. Most importantly, he finally got the mission right: degrade and destroy the enemy.
Opinion: Advantage of the reluctant warrior
September 12, 2014
President Obama certainly didn’t go looking for another war in the Middle East. Indeed, he contorted himself almost to the breaking point to avoid one. But as he explained to the country Wednesday night, he had no choice but to respond with “strength and resolve” to the barbarous Islamic State that is ravaging Iraq and Syria.
Opinion: NFL reacts too slowly to Rice abuse
September 11, 2014
Apologies for the blunt language, but can we please cut the crap?

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