President Joe Biden talks to reporters as he departs an event with attendees from the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting, Friday, January 20, 2023, in the East Room of the White House. President Joe Biden talks to reporters as he departs an event with attendees from the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting, Friday, January 20, 2023, in the East Room of the White House.

Stupid Index Tricks

The United States has less press freedom than 54 countries. Or does it?

"Speaker Mike Johnson and I just had a great meeting. We’re committed to meeting our nation’s biggest challenges with strong Republican leadership." - 26 October 2023 "Speaker Mike Johnson and I just had a great meeting. We’re committed to meeting our nation’s biggest challenges with strong Republican leadership." - 26 October 2023

A Return of National Security Republicans?

Several glimmers of hope from the Ukraine funding bill.

Terry Anderson, center, accompanied by his sister Peggy Say, left, and Madeleine Bassil, right, in Germany, Dec. 5, 1991. (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle, File) Terry Anderson, center, accompanied by his sister Peggy Say, left, and Madeleine Bassil, right, in Germany, Dec. 5, 1991. (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle, File)

Terry Anderson, 1947-2024

The AP journalist taken hostage for almost seven years has died.

Israel Launches Token Retaliatory Strike On Iran

It was the least they could do.

Johnson Risks Speakership for Foreign Aid

A set of bills would fund Ukraine, Israel, and other bipartisan priorities while ticking of the MAGA crowd.

Iran’s Intent and Israel’s Next Move

Two related questions.

Iran Attacks Israel

Some initial thoughts.

US Preparing for Iranian Retaliatory Strike

The dance continues.

Biden Joins the Israel Outrage Bandwagon

The Netanyahu government has few friends.

Israel Kills Qud Force Leaders; Iran Vows Revenge

Another escalation in the longstanding “shadow war.”

Red Lines

The perils of speaking loudly while carrying a small stick.

Protecting Privacy in a World Without Privacy

A well-intentioned but likely doomed effort.

A Proportional Response

It’s what we do. I mean this is what we do.

U.S. Strikes Against Iranian Targets Coming

The Secretary of Defense has outlined the parameters.

Iranian Proxies Kill Three American Soldiers

Further escalation is inevitable.

US Warned Iran Ahead of ISIL Attack

The enemy of my enemy is still my enemy.

Middle East Cycle of Violence Escalates

The game of tit-for-tat continues.

President Joe Biden participates in a joint press conference with United Kingdom Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Thursday, June 8, 2023, in the East Room of the White House. President Joe Biden participates in a joint press conference with United Kingdom Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Thursday, June 8, 2023, in the East Room of the White House.

US-UK Strike Houthi Targets

The inevitable response to attacks on international shipping.

Wider Middle East War Appears Inevitable

Israel and Iran’s proxies are on a collision course.

A Bad Year For The West?

The BBC’s security correspondent thinks so.

UN General Secretary Calls for Gaza Cease-Fire

Article 99 meets Catch-22.

American Doctor Told He’s No Longer a Citizen

A bureaucratic nightmare.

Iranian Proxy War Escalating

Tehran-backed forces are routinely shooting at American forces.

The (American) Politics of Israel-Palestine

Pick a side. No nuance allowed.

Who The Hell is Dean Phillips?

It’s quite the week for politicians with generic names nobody has ever heard of.

US-Iran Tensions Escalate

The war in Israel is in danger of expanding.

The Fine Line Between Supporter and Co-Belligerent

America’s involvement in the Israeli and Ukrainian war efforts is more than advertised.

A Foreign Policy Election?

A competent leader versus a lunatic would seem an easy choice. Alas.

President Joe Biden disembarks Air Force One, Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in Morrisville, North Carolina. President Joe Biden disembarks Air Force One, Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in Morrisville, North Carolina.

President Biden to Visit Israel

A high-stakes move.

Ending Hamas

What does “complete victory” look like?

Israel Forms Unity Government to Avenge Hamas Atrocities

Amid warnings of war crimes, no mercy is forthcoming.

Israel at War: It’s a Reckoning

A roundup of news and opinon.

A Tale Of Two Chinas

Its economic bubble has burst, which may make them more dangerous.

Bill Richardson, 1947-2023

The longtime politician and statesman is gone at 75.

Public Confidence in Military Lowest in Decades

There has been a steady decline the last five years.

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Trump Charged With Additional Crimes in Documents Case

He is not a master criminal.

Is This Time Different?

America survived a civil war and the turmoil of the 1960s. Can we rebound again?

Ukraine vs Taiwan

Do we have to pick one?

Alabama Chinese Property Bill Update

The state Senate has amended the bill considerably.

Ron DeSantis’ Mushy Foreign Policy

The would-be President is floundering as he tries to position himself.

Republicans Divided on Foreign Policy

As memory of the Cold War fades, so does support for American primacy.

Most of the World Doesn’t Care About Ukraine

Many in the Global South see the war very differently than we in the West.

Russia-Ukraine War at One Year

Putin is losing but no one is winning.

“Ukraine Fatigue Resolution”

Another bill doomed to die.

Biden Document Probe Gets Serious

A second stash has led to a special counsel and political embarrassment.

In Revolutions, The Worst Often Rise To The Top

The Robespierres in the House of Representatives are driving American politics in a predictably horrible direction.

Barbara Walters, 1929-2022

The trailblazing television interviewer is gone at 93.

Policies in Conflict

The Biden Administration wants clean energy but only for some.

US Intelligence Fomenting Overseas Protests?

A 34-year CIA officer’s thoughts.