The Great Debate

Deeper involvements and higher costs in fight against Islamic State

November 1, 2015
A rainbow is seen as residents inspect a site damage from what activists said was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on the main field hospital in the town of Douma, eastern Ghouta in Damascus

A rainbow is seen as residents inspect damage from what activists said was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad on the main field hospital in the town of Douma, near Damascus, October 29, 2015. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh

Republican candidates field a resistance movement against change

October 30, 2015
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Trump speaks as Rubio and Carson listen at the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate held by CNBC in Boulder

Donald Trump speaks as Senator Marco Rubio (L) and Ben Carson (R) listen at the GOP presidential candidate debate held by CNBC in Boulder, Colorado, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Jesus wouldn’t join the NRA

October 30, 2015
Customers view semi automatic guns on display at a gun shop in Los Angeles California

Customers view semi automatic guns on display at a gun shop in Los Angeles, California, December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

South China Sea ‘islands’ only demilitarized until first warbird touches down

October 29, 2015
File photo of the US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen underway in the Pacific Ocean

The US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen sails in the Pacific Ocean in a November 2009 photo provided by the U.S. Navy. REUTERS/US Navy/CPO John Hageman/Handout via Reuters

Get a look inside the secretive world of U.S. Special Ops

October 28, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Sean Naylor

Enemy gun fire killed Master Sergeant Joshua Wheeler during a hostage rescue operation in Iraq earlier this month. Wheeler was part of U.S. Special Operations team intended to back up Kurdish fighters as they rescued 70 people from Islamic State.

Primaries are what keep the GOP out of the White House

October 28, 2015
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Carson gestures towards Trump during the second official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson gestures towards Donald Trump (R) during the second official GOP debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, September 16, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

What a Russian ‘win’ in Syria would look like

October 28, 2015
Russian President Putin shakes hands with Syrian President Assad during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, October 20, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Willing to pay the ultimate price to protect animals

October 27, 2015
A baby mountain gorilla sits on her mother's shoulders on the slopes of Mount Mikeno in the Virunga National Park, Eastern DRC

A baby mountain gorilla sits on her mother’s shoulders on the slopes of Mount Mikeno in the Virunga National Park, Eastern DRC, December 12, 2008. REUTERS/Peter Andrews

Britain’s top fictional spy also its greatest intelligence asset

October 27, 2015
IRISH ACTOR PIERCE BROSNAN POSES FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS DURING A PHOTOCALL IN CANNES.

REUTERS/Luke MacGregor/Eric Gaillard/Files

In the 62 years since James Bond first appeared in print, there’s no doubt he has helped boost the reputations of his real-life counterparts in British intelligence.

Why the U.S. may still have to go to war against Iran

October 26, 2015
A general view of the Bushehr main nuclear reactor

The Bushehr main nuclear reactor, 1,200 km (746 miles) south of Tehran, August 21, 2010. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi