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The Art of Petraeus

There is no doubt that General Petraeus’s strategies salvaged Iraq. His successes, however, mask a vital policy debate about the future of our armed services.

Xenophobia on the Continent

Anti-Semitism is on the march in Europe. But the European’s new turn toward isolationism goes even further than that.

Voting Blind

John McCain and Barack Obama are busily offering foreign-policy platitudes on the campaign trail, mostly about spreading freedom, working with allies and hunting down terrorists. But what exactly would they do if elected? Digging ourselves out of

Patient Stabilized?

Iraq may be emerging from intensive care, but it could use a bit more stitching up.

Middle East Muddle

A map of the mess.

Levantine Labyrinths

Sectarian infighting and foreign intervention breed intrigue on the Lebanese political scene. Last summer’s war had a devastating effect—but factional power politics and Hizballah’s rising popularity threaten to make matters worse.

Commentary

The Hagel Hearing Farce

The former senator's performance was disappointing, but his old colleagues were trying to score points back home.

Obama's Iraq Legacy

Obama’s record to date on Iraq may not be his proudest achievement, but it is a solid and sober one.

What Bin Laden Hath Wrought

Two wars. Over a trillion dollars. Countless lives. Ten years on and the losses keep mounting.

Blogs

A Lid on Iraq Doesn't Produce Stability Under the Lid

The United States is doing more harm than good by delaying the inevitable Iraqi civil war.

The Awakening Falls Asleep

If the Awakening falls apart, it doesn't mean it was a bad idea. It also doesn't mean the United States should stay in Iraq.

Maliki Didn't Get the Memo re: the Surge

The surge didn't solve Iraq's main problems.

Books & Reviews

Flawed but Still Important

Mearsheimer and Walt should have included more field work in their research. Yet their book still deserves to be read and discussed.

A Nation under Guilt

Two recent histories of Nazi Germany shore up the dyke against the rising flood of "Germany as victim" revisionism.

The Real Synthesis

A "new history" of the Third Reich fails to understand the true nature of the regime.

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April 16, 2014