Republicans aren’t going to get rid of the IRS or pass term limits, a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, a lifetime ban on lobbying for members of Congress or much else on the Ted Cruz Top 10. That's not being straight with voters.
US pressure on the new Shiite-led Iraqi government results in a Sunni lawmaker becoming defense minister. Such democratic unity will help Iraqi troops defeat the Islamic State.
Saudi Arabia sentenced dissident Shiite cleric Nimr Baqir al-Nimr to death today. That's trouble for a strategy that rests on ending sectarianism in Iraq.
It's hard to put together a successful coalition when the partners don't agree on priorities and objectives.
Obama touted Yemen as a model for US efforts against the so-called Islamic State in a major speech this summer. While an odd statement at the time, with Yemen teetering, it looks much worse now.