from The Great Debate:

Despite Scalia, Supreme Court sends Obama a progressive message

July 1, 2014

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In a decision widely perceived as a setback for President Barack Obama last week, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the president’s recess appointment of three members of the National Labor Relations Board. Though the ruling could mean Obama never makes another recess appointment, the court’s reasoning is a substantial victory for progressives. It decisively rebuffs the wrongheaded, rigid brand of originalism that argues only the framers’ original intent is relevant in interpreting the Constitution -- which conservative justices have supported for decades.

from David Rohde:

Special Report: How Iraq’s Maliki defined limits of U.S. power

June 30, 2014

BY WARREN STROBELMISSY RYAN, DAVID ROHDE AND NED PARKER

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki arrive to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, in this December 12, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST/FILES

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki arrive to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, in this December 12, 2011 file photo.
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from John Lloyd:

Are we at war? And why can’t we be sure anymore?

June 30, 2014

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron poses for group photograph taken with G8 leaders at the Lough Erne golf resort in Enniskillen

The question -- “Are we at war?” -- seems absurd. Surely, we would know it if we were. But maybe we’re in a new era -- and wars are creeping up on us.

from Nicholas Wapshott:

U.S. power: Waging cold wars without end

June 26, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses troops at Bagram Air Base in Kabul

Suddenly, it seems, the world is at war.

In Iraq, armed and angry militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are at the gates of Baghdad. In Pakistan, government forces are mounting a ferocious campaign against the Taliban in North Waziristan. In Syria, the civil war drags on. These are “hot wars” involving the clashing of troops and weapons. Having escaped such “hot” conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, these are the sort of war Americans have made it plain they are not prepared to fight.

from The Great Debate:

No matter what Putin says — Russian people have no appetite for war

June 25, 2014

People attend a rally called "We are together" to support the annexation of Ukraine's Crimea to Russia in Red Square in central Moscow

Russia and the West are again at odds, eying each other with suspicion over Moscow's annexation of Crimea and support of armed separatists in Eastern Ukraine. Basic rules of the game for security, stability and prosperity in Europe and beyond are at stake. Some commentators are calling this a "new Cold War."

from The Great Debate:

Is this Obama’s ‘malaise’ moment?

June 24, 2014

Obama addresses the White House Summit on Working Families in Washington

Malaise is back.

President Barack Obama's situation is getting perilously close to President Jimmy Carter's in 1979.

from The Great Debate:

The capture of Khatallah: How things went down in Libya

June 20, 2014

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When Ahmed Abu Khatallah, accused of leading the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi was seized by U.S. special forces in Libya after midnight Monday, it raised a number of questions. Not the least being why it took 21 months to capture him.

from Ian Bremmer:

Obama isn’t the only one with a passive-aggressive foreign policy

June 19, 2014

 China's President Xi speaks during his meeting with U.S. President Obama, on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit, in The Hague

America and China are the world’s two major powers, with the largest economies and militaries. The stakes are high for them to practice what they preach on foreign policy: their words and actions influence the global economy, as well as the behavior of allies and enemies.

from MacroScope:

Of Iraq and Ukraine

June 18, 2014

Barack Obama’s message that any military support for Iraq’s besieged government is contingent on Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki taking steps to broaden his Shi'ite-dominated government may be having an impact.

from The Great Debate:

How — and why — the U.S. must support Iraq

June 13, 2014

Mourners carry the coffin of a victim killed by a suicide bomber who blew himself up inside a tent filled with mourners in Baghdad, during a funeral in Najaf A disaster is unfolding in Iraq. It is in part a result of the failed Syria and broader Middle East policies pursued by the West in the past four years.