Losing Friends

America is close to losing some of its key allies. A rift has formed with Germany over Afghanistan, and Europe is searching for an exit strategy. Will Obama do the same?

A Meaningless Election

The winner of the Afghan presidential elections won't matter. To stabilize the country, we should instead talk to the most important political force in Pashtun areas—the Taliban.

Obama's Sins of Omission

A scathing domestic dispute over health care is no reason for Obama to abandon his foreign-policy responsibilities. If he doesn't make hard choices soon—on everything from immigration to Iran—he may be a one-term president.

Banana Republics

The Honduran crisis is none of our business and of little importance to American interests. Why is Washington intervening?