Bush's Legacy

COLUMN

Who to Blame When You're Being Executed

Pointing guns > pointing fingers.

Matt Bors |

COLUMN

Liberators Today, Pundits Tomorrow

Are ISIS's Islamist fighters CNN's next talking heads?

Matt Bors |

David Rothkopf

What Would W Do?

Lessons in disaster recovery from Bush's underappreciated second-term rebound.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

What to Pack When You're Leaving a War

As the U.S. retrograde hits its peak, what will America really leave behind in Afghanistan?

Frank Jacobs |

Reality Check

The Shrinking

Why the Middle East is less and less important for the United States.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Star Trek Into Dumbness

The clumsy politics of Captain Kirk's latest adventure.

Michael Peck |

David Rothkopf

Scared Tactics

Why America will be paying for decades for a foreign policy based on fear.

David Rothkopf |

Feature

Comey Don't Play That

How Obama's pick to lead the FBI tried to put the brakes on the NSA's surveillance dragnet.

Marc Ambinder |

Micah Zenko

To Protect and Defend...

No, Mr. President, your top job is not to 'keep the American people safe.'

Micah Zenko |

Argument

Spies Like Them

How Robert Mueller transformed -- for better and for worse -- the FBI into a counterterrorism agency.

David Gomez |

Feature

Gitmo's Fallen Czar

Daniel Fried was the perfect man for the hardest job in Washington, but even he couldn’t close Guantanamo.

Michelle Shephard |

Micah Zenko

Outsourcing Lethality

When there's a foreign finger on the trigger, is Washington still accountable when innocents die?

Micah Zenko |

Transcript

The Iraq Syndrome

A decade later, what lessons haven't we learned from the war in Iraq that we should?

J. Dana Stuster |

Argument

The First Step

Why America needs to beat itself up a little more over the Iraq War.

Michael A. Cohen |

Transcript

To COIN or Not?

A decade later, what lessons haven't we learned from the war in Iraq that we should?

J. Dana Stuster |

By Other Means

Mission Creep in the War on Terror

The case against giving the president even more power to use force.

Rosa Brooks |

Rational Security

Caveat Preemptor

How Obama has adopted the Bush doctrine.

John Arquilla |

Christian Caryl

What George W. Bush Did Right

The 43rd president of the United States did a great thing for humankind -- but most Americans have no idea.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Does the GOP Need a New Foreign Policy?

Can the Republican Party survive without coming to terms with the Bush-Cheney years? FP's Shadow Government team weighs in.

Elizabeth F. Ralph |

Think Again

Think Again: The Republican Party

The future of the GOP -- after the debacle.

Danielle Pletka |

Terms of Engagement

Secretaries of Safe

Obama’s likely national security picks are going to reinforce his innate caution -- for better and for worse.

James Traub |

Feature

Twice As Rice

Who said it: Condoleezza or Susan?

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Argument

Four More Years … in Exile

Can Republicans find their way out of the foreign-policy wilderness?

John Norris |

Dispatch

Stardust Across the Pond

Can Obama's magic rub off on David Cameron?

Alex Massie |

Argument

Time for a Reset on Human Rights

Obama’s record has been a disappointment. Now he has a second chance to get it right.

Suzanne Nossel |

Argument

Rights and Responsibility

The candidates may disagree on some human rights issues, but the next president will face challenges that transcend partisan lines.

Kenneth Roth |

Argument

Rewarding Impunity

Why is President Obama's attorney general handing out prizes for sweeping torture under the rug?

David Cole |

Argument

Is Iraq an Iranian Proxy?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Safa al-Sheikh |

Terms of Engagement

Better Late than Never

How naive self-confidence led Barack Obama astray, before prudence brought him back.

James Traub |