"Airstrikes will not mold Iraq into a stable or inclusive state. At the root of this laziness is ignorance of history. Yet, by declaring his support for the new Iraqi prime minister, Obama may have replicated the conditions that produced Maliki..."
President Obama said Wednesday that the United States "will be vigilant and we will be relentless" against Islamic State militants and would "do what's necessary to see that justice is done" following the videotaped execution of an American journalist.
This president isn't weak and waffling. He's calculating, coldhearted, and decisive when it counts.... He's not running an especially noble foreign policy, but from a purely selfish U.S. perspective, it may be more effective than I used to think.
A United States Special Operations team tried and failed to rescue James Foley and other Americans held hostage in Syria during a secret mission earlier this summer authorized by President Obama, senior administration officials said Wednesday.