FROM Kenneth Pollack
Is the U.S. Doubling Down in Iraq? In 2011, President Obama withdrew US combat forces, hoping to see the last of American involvement in Iraq. Now, he’s authorized US airstrikes against the expanding forces of the Islamic State. Is the U.S. doubling down in Iraq?
Obama Addresses Iraq, Rules Out Boots on the Ground In Iraq, volunteers are heading to defend the capital today, as the nation's top Shiite leaders used Friday prayers to call on the faithful to take up arms against radical Sunni Muslim insurgents. As the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria continues to move closer to Baghdad, the government says it's deploying more troops. In Washington, President Obama says the US won't send troops – but that he's still weighing "selective military action." He said the US will do its part to help, and to pursue intensive diplomatic efforts across the region, but that ultimately it's up to the Iraqi government to deal with the situation.
East Asia: President Trump's first foreign policy test Starting with North Korea's latest test of nuclear missiles, a chain of events is causing instability in Asia. Could it turn into the first real foreign policy crisis of the Trump Administration?
Trump, Russia and rabbit holes Conservatives are now joining liberal critics of President Trump by demanding to know about his administration’s ties to Russia. We hear about Washington latest political flap and possible unintended consequence.
The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."