John Peeler: Obama’s task—and that of his successors—will be to engage constructively with the changes the region will be undergoing, without repeating the errors of the imperialist past by seeking to dominate and control those changes.
Tom Hayden: Obama is ill-advised on foreign policy if his national security elite, including idealists like Power, assume that Americans will have to accept a declining standard of living to put a stop to dictators abroad.
In a recent interview, Richard Holbrooke, White House Special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan and a key architect of President Obama’s “surge” strategy, declared the War on Drugs in Afghanistan to be a failure.
Treva Brandon Scharf: Engaging in regular intense exercise not only strengthens the body, it strengthens your resiliency. It toughens you up, it builds character, and it can power you through your most pressing concerns.
Gary Corseri: More than 200 years of American “democracy” still takes us to the tragedy of Ferguson, Missouri, where a black kid can’t walk down the center of a street without getting himself killed in broad daylight!
Derek Cressman: While elites on both sides are preparing this proxy battle of issues for the fall elections at the federal level, the idea of voters directly weighing in about a specific issue is being threatened in California.