The Great Debate

America is pulling back from the world

March 29, 2016
U.S. President  Barack Obama announces plans to slow the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, while delivering a statement in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington October 15, 2015. The plan would keep the current force of 9,800 through most of 2016 before beginning to trim levels. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTS4MD1

U.S. President Barack Obama announces plans to slow the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, while delivering a statement in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington October 15, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The three powerful scholars fueling Islamic State’s hate

March 29, 2016
Militant Islamist fighters waving flags, travel in vehicles as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. The fighters held the parade to celebrate their declaration of an Islamic "caliphate" after the group captured territory in neighbouring Iraq, a monitoring service said. The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot previously known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), posted pictures online on Sunday of people waving black flags from cars and holding guns in the air, the SITE monitoring service said. Picture taken June 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Stringer (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) - RTR3WKTZ

Militant Islamist fighters waving flags, travel in vehicles as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria’s northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Bernie Sanders has Hillary Clinton right where he wants her

March 29, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders holds a rally at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington March 25, 2016. REUTERS/David Ryder

Senator Bernie Sanders at a rally at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington, March 25, 2016. REUTERS/David Ryder

Trump wants to leave U.S. allies in the lurch

March 28, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Winner Aviation in Youngstown, Ohio March 14, 2016.  REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Donald Trump at a campaign rally at Winner Aviation in Youngstown, Ohio, March 14, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

No military answers to Auschwitz or the Final Solution

March 28, 2016
Survivors Miroslaw Celka and Janina Reklajtis attend a ceremony in the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland January 27, 2016, to mark the 71th anniversary of the liberation of the camp by Soviet troops and to remember the victims of the Holocaust. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

Survivors Miroslaw Celka and Janina Reklajtis attend a ceremony in the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland January 27, 2016, to mark the 71th anniversary of the liberation of the camp by Soviet troops and to remember the victims of the Holocaust. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

Empty American promises and the lives they can cost

March 25, 2016
Stacks of unidentified corpses line the walls of an underground shelter at a Bosnian morgue in Tuzla March 28, 1997. The body bags contain victims found in mass graves and in wooded areas after the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. REUTERS

Stacks of unidentified corpses line the walls of an underground shelter at a Bosnian morgue in Tuzla March 28, 1997. The body bags contain victims found in mass graves and in wooded areas after the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. REUTERS

If secrecy is the whole point, how do you make intelligence agencies share?

March 25, 2016
A general view shows the U.S. embassy in a thermal image taken with an infrared camera in Berlin October 27, 2013. A German newspaper said on Sunday that U.S. President Barack Obama knew his intelligence service was eavesdropping on Angela Merkel as long ago as 2010, contradicting reports that he had told the German leader he did not know. The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) denied that Obama had been informed about the operation by the NSA chief in 2010, as reported by the German newspaper. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS)

The U.S. embassy in Berlin in a thermal image taken with an infrared camera in Berlin, October 27, 2013. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

from Breakingviews:

Cox: The social costs of financial returns

By Rob Cox
March 24, 2016

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

The world’s spies agree Belgian intelligence is broken

March 24, 2016
Police stand guard at Midi train station following bomb attacks in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016.    REUTERS/Christian Hartmann - RTSBPPV

Police stand guard at Midi train station following bomb attacks in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Europe declared peace while the world was still at war

March 24, 2016
Rescue workers treat victims at the airport, in this image taken from television video, after a blast in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. REUTERS/RTL Belgium via Reuters TV

Rescue workers treat victims at the airport, in this image taken from television video, after a blast in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. REUTERS/RTL Belgium via Reuters TV