Rice Defends US Islamic State Strategy

Dempsey: More US effort on ground will likely be needed in Mosul

On Sunday, National Security Advisor Susan Rice said the United States would not reevaluate the strategy to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or ISIL), despite its recent territorial advances, and said that the Obama administration is still not considering boots on the ground.

Ernst Slams Braley on Anti-Farmer Comments at Second Iowa Debate

Candidates Also Spar Over Strategy to Defeat Islamic State

DAVENPORT, Iowa—Republican Joni Ernst and Rep. Bruce Braley (D., Iowa) clashed on outside political spending and a strategy to defeat Islamic militants in the second debate for Iowa’s Senate race Saturday night—but what critics have called a serious gaffe by Braley became the focal point of the event.

Review: ‘Generation Unbound’ by Isabel Sawhill

Articulating the belief of many conservatives, Senator Marco Rubio recently said that “the greatest tool to lift children and families from poverty is one that decreases the probability of child poverty by 82 percent. But it isn’t a government spending program. It’s called marriage.”

Henry Kissinger’s ‘World Order’: An Aggressive Reshaping of the Past

Henry KissingerHenry Kissinger projects the public image of a judicious elder statesman whose sweeping knowledge of history lets him rise above the petty concerns of today, in order to see what is truly in the national interest. Yet as Kissinger once said of Ronald Reagan, his knowledge of history is “tailored to support his firmly held preconceptions.” Instead of expanding his field of vision, Kissinger’s interpretation of the past becomes a set of blinders that prevent him from understanding either his country’s values or its interests. Most importantly, he cannot comprehend how fidelity to those values may advance the national interest.

Russia Deploying Tactical Nuclear Arms in Crimea

Obama backing indirect talks with Moscow aimed at cutting U.S. non-strategic nukes in Europe

Russia is moving tactical nuclear weapons systems into recently-annexed Crimea while the Obama administration is backing informal talks aimed at cutting U.S. tactical nuclear deployments in Europe.