The civil war in Syria and a resurgent Al Qaeda are the proximate causes for rising bloodshed in Iraq. But persistent government failure deserves a closer look.
The former conservative Arkansas governor and Baptist minister and the curmudgeonly English atheist are on the same page today.
There are some strange elements to this report.
The US has hit Yemen with seven drone strikes in a little more than a week.
The claim of US 'officials' that Ayman al-Zawahiri conducted a 12-country conference call is both weird and troubling.
Disgraced Army major Nidal Malik Hasan admitted he killed 13 at Fort Hood in 2009 and tried to make himself out as a 'holy warrior.'
The short answer is 'no.' But there are worrying signs to be found in US auditing of its own contracting practices in Afghanistan.
The decision to close the embassies also speaks to how US intelligence collection has changed – and how it is used.
At least not in the instance of a claim from earlier today.
That's the implication of a piece published in an online magazine today.
Recent events in Britain draw more attention to endemic hostility towards women online.
What do the jailbreaks in Pakistan, Iraq, and Libya have in common? Massive amounts of US assistance to avoid this sort of thing.
A look at where some people are coming from.
Warnings from the US government's internal auditor that an ongoing $20 billion Afghanistan reconstruction program is lining the pockets of the Taliban and Al Qaeda have been ignored.
The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction released the latest in a string of reports today on fraud, mismanagement, and wasted US spending in the troubled country.
A Fox television host finds something suspect about Reza Aslan's new book on the historical Jesus.
Obama seems serious enough that proponents of an extended US military presence in Afghanistan are warning against it.
The trajectory of a young woman reveals the changing views of many who helped drive Mubarak from power.
Egypt's military once again holds the country's political future in its hands.
An Egyptian Gen. Sisi has urged an outpouring of support for the military on the streets and he's likely to get it - along with more violence and division for the troubled nation.