By Walter Russell Mead Neither a cold-blooded realist nor a bleeding-heart idealist, Barack Obama has a split personality when it comes to foreign policy. So do most U.S. presidents, of course, and the ideas that inspire this one have a long history at the core of the American political tradition. In the past, such ideas [...]
The Carter Syndrome: Why Obama Must Reconcile His Inner Jefferson with His Inner Wilson – Foreign Policy
The Taliban’s top military commander was captured several days ago in Karachi, Pakistan, in a secret joint operation by Pakistani and American intelligence forces, according to American government officials. The commander, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, is an Afghan described by American officials as the most significant Taliban figure to be detained since the American-led war [...]
I couldn’t help but laugh at this description of how the special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, boasted of coming up with the term, “AfPak” to summarize our strategy for fighting terrorism in that area of the world. Holbrooke repeatedly said it to make sure a reporter used it. It’s sort of like [...]
Human Events published a column by conservative columnist Sally McNamara today, entitled: “Obama Wants to Win the Next Election More than Afghanistan.” As the title implies, the author argues that President Obama is more than willing to hand over Afghanistan to the Taliban, if it helps him and his party win the next election.
Although I’m [...]
“Intelligence,” Daniel Patrick Moynihan once observed, “is not to be confused with intelligence.” To read two recent analyses of U.S. intelligence failures is to be reminded of the truth of that statement, albeit in very different ways.Exhibit A is last week’s unclassified White House memo on the attempted bombing of Flight 253 over the skies [...]
If you’re trying to kill large numbers of people who are trying to kill you en masse, most people would correctly identify this situation as a war. President Barack Obama knows this, which is why he bristled at former Vice President Dick Cheney’s recent claims that he doesn’t treat our counterterror efforts like a war [...]