The US cannot simply emphasize the numbers. It has to focus on quality training for the Afghanistan National Army.
The Obama speech after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize defines a new vision for a superpower seeking help against new kinds of threats.
The EPA ruling on global warming and carbon emissions is the wrong way to win over the Senate and to cut a deal in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Obama would apply some of the TARP funds to job growth and some to deficit reduction, which reduces the impact on both jobs and the deficit.
All things considered, NATO has done well – so far – in responding to President Obama's request for more troops.
Progress at Copenhagen in curbing global warming may come from countries such as China and India wanting business in the solar and wind industries.
The central bank, more than the White House or Congress, can boost lending to small firms, the largest source of new jobs. That's why the Senate must give Ben Bernanke a second term.
One key is not setting a final exit date, which would only allow the Taliban to wait out the US.
General concern about creeping Islamic power, rather than a critical national problem with mosques, appears to have produced the Swiss minaret vote banning construction of the towers.
China and US cooperation in promoting such vehicles is a concrete step against global warming. But how to measure claims in miles "per gallon"?
For many people, the last Thursday of November is one of faith, feasting, family, friends, football, and fun. But it's also a measure of the American character for generosity.
Is Medvedev the lapdog of Putin? Or is he biting his mentor's ankles? No one knows, which makes taking sides a dangerous guessing game, particularly for the White House.
Obama has wisely resisted various ideas in Congress to boost private hiring through direct government action. But there may be tax incentives that can work – with trade-offs.
You probably never heard of the new president and foreign policy chief of the European Union – Belgian Herman Van Rompuy and Briton Catherine Ashton. That may be their strength.
The Karzai inauguration came with promises to fight graft. The US must be patient as long as he delivers.
Palestinian leader Abbas tries to carry the Middle East peace process directly to the UN. But Israel's plans for 900 new homes in East Jerusalem only shows that it's just as willing to take unilateral action. No one wins when both sides refuse to negotiate.
With 10.2 percent US unemployment, Obama in China should have pushed harder at trade barriers.
Once a rogue, always a rogue, unless she adopts a positive, ideas-rich style of leadership.