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The 'Let's Not Even Try' Foreign Policy

Barack Obama's choice on Syria will define his presidency

The Syria choice will decide the tug-of-war between idealism and restraint in the Obama administration—and in the president's self-definition.

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Obama Crosses His Own Red Line

The president turns a blind eye to Syria's use of chemical weapons

Obama has a problem. On August 20, 2012, he declared that the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian dictator is his “red line.” It appears that in March a chemical weapon was used in Khan al-Asal in the province of Aleppo. The game is on. 

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Winning the War, Losing the Peace in Mali

After the fighting, Mali's ethnic tensions continue to fester

The fighting may soon be over in Mali. But ethnic tensions continue to fester.

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