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Ambassador Ryan Crocker in Herat Afghanistan in 2011.

What Two Lost Wars Taught Us

Amid the highly political debate over Iran’s nuclear program—which Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addressed during his visit to Israel over the weekend—it’s important to recall the recent history of two bloody, costly wars we just fought and, let’s … More…

US forces in Afghan combat mission 2010

Endgame in Afghanistan

There’s a reason they call Afghanistan the “graveyard of empires.”  Alexander the Great himself was wounded in a failed attempt at conquest, and 16,000 British troops were slaughtered following an Afghan rebellion against their occupation  in 1842; only one More…

Lebanon from the Golan Heights

A New Middle East War May Be Coming

The increasingly tense stand-off over Iran’s developing nuclear program threatens to plunge the Middle East into its biggest crisis since 1973.

That was when Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack against Israel on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of … More…

President Obama’s State of the Union Address 2012

Good and Bad Ideas in the State of the Union

Having just returned from covering Republican presidential candidates in New Hampshire and South Carolina, it was a bit strange to watch President Obama… More…

Jon Huntsman campaigns in New Hampshire

Huntsman Fights the Good Fight

KEENE, NH–Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr. has been surging in the latest tracking polls here. It won… More…

Republican candidates debate

Live-Blogging the ABC GOP Presidential Debate

CONCORD, NH–Hello, everyone, I’m here in New Hampshire, following candidates around and reporting on the latest trends in the primary, which is being held Tuesday. We’re in the home stretch now, as candidates make their final pitch to the voters.… More…

2012 Predictions Graphic DonkeyHotey

Six Big Political Predictions for 2012

I wanted to take a quick break from the day-to-day primary and caucus coverage–it resumes in earnest when I head for New Hampshire Friday–to do my first post predicting what’s going to happen in politics in 2012.

Predictions, of course, must … More…

Former Sen. Rick Santorum

Santorum the Rising Star

Who would have thunk it? Rick Santorum?

The former US senator from Pennsylvania, who lost his bid for a third term by 18 percentage points in 2006, has now returned looking for a big promotion–as president of the United States.

For months … More…

Fox News Debate

Gingrich and Romney Hang in, But Paul Falls

Thursday night’s Fox News Republican presidential debate marked the official end of the 2012 campaign’s pre-season. The opening night kickoff is January 3rd at the Iowa caucuses.

The debate, extremely well moderated by a smart, well-prepared team of Fox … More…

Barak and Netanyahu.

Israel’s Shot Across Iran’s Bow

Israel… More…