Bush Administration

COLUMN

Uncle Sucker to the Rescue

Washington is making all its favorite mistakes in (another) Iraq war.

Stephen M. Walt |

COLUMN

How to Lose Friends and Alienate Allies

Why America’s friends in Europe are wishing for the good old days of George W. Bush.

Kori Schake |

COLUMN

Who to Blame When You're Being Executed

Pointing guns > pointing fingers.

Matt Bors |

Argument

Silver Lining: The Year 2013 in Human Rights

For human rights advocates, 2013 brought many grim setbacks. Yet there were still some important signs of progress.

Ken Roth |

EXCERPT

The Seduction of George W. Bush

How the president of good and evil bromanced Vladimir Putin. And how a warm friendship turned to ice.

Peter Baker |

Argument

The Anti-Surge

How Obama snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in Iraq.

John McCain |

Argument

How We Won in Iraq

And why all the hard-won gains of the surge are in grave danger of being lost today.

David H. Petraeus |

Argument

Nonessential

Has Obama given up on the Asia pivot?

Alex N. Wong |

Argument

Bait and Switch

Obama’s “limited” strikes are just the prelude to massive intervention in the Middle East. And Congress shouldn’t fall for it.

Bruce Ackerman |

Report

Nuclear Waste

How the U.S. spent billions on a plan that increases the danger of proliferation.  

Douglas Birch |

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 |

Argument

Spies Like Them

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

David Gomez |

Micah Zenko

Clip the Agency's Wings

Why Obama needs to take the drones away from the CIA.

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 |

Transcript

The Secret Surge Debate

Behind closed doors, a newly revealed transcript shows, the Bush administration was much more deeply divided about the way forward in Iraq than it let on in public.

Michael R. Gordon |

Argument

No Books Were Cooked

Mistakes were made in the lead-up to war in Iraq ten years ago. But fabricating intelligence on weapons of mass destruction to serve policy wasn’t one of them.

Charles Duelfer |

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 |

Backstory

A Personal History, An American History

How one Marine's diary helps us understand the Iraq war.

Peter Maass |

Micah Zenko

God Bless Bob Woodward

In praise of investigative reporting.

Micah Zenko |

Feature

The Iraq War That Might Have Been

Ten years on, newly published secret documents shed new light on potential turning points the United States missed.

Michael R. Gordon |

Terms of Engagement

How Not to Repair a Broken Pot

The lesson of Iraq isn't that American intervention only makes things worse; it's that there's a smarter way to do it.

James Traub |

Rational Security

Caveat Preemptor

How Obama has adopted the Bush doctrine.

John Arquilla |

David Rothkopf

Lessons Learned (and Not)

Seven things we've learned after a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Dead-End Road

Rogue states have a pretty convincing track record of ignoring sanctions, so what makes Congress and the White House think they'll work on Iran?

Ty McCormick |

Reality Check

Marco Rubio Is Not Ready for Prime Time

If the Florida senator wants to save the Republican Party, he's got to come up with a foreign policy for the real world.

Aaron David Miller |

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

Laying Down the Law

Why Obama's targeted killing is better than Bush's torture.

David Cole |

Feature

Whoppers of the Union

Fact-checking a decade's worth of the president's big speech.

Daniel W. Drezner |