"It would be naive to think that economic growth will solve all of the Middle East's thorny dilemmas; but it would be equally naive to believe that they can be solved without it."
"As the midterm elections loom, voters should keep in mind not only the price of American power, but the costs of American disengagement."
"Israel needed no such respite: It replenished its stocks in late July—prior to the ceasefire—by tapping into the $1 billion of pre-positioned U.S. war materiel known as the War Reserve Stockpile Ammunition-Israel, or WRSA-I."
"For a president who has been intent on ending two wars and getting American GIs home from both Iraq and Afghanistan, a military return to Iraq would be a bitter pill to swallow."
"It's just not fun anymore to critique the Obama administration's foreign policy -- it's like picking on the Chicago Cubs. Except the Cubs aren't consistently bad and their mistakes haven't accrued lasting damage to our country."
"Erdoğan is now unwelcome in Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority, something no previous Turkish statesman had ever achieved. So much for the role of respected mediator."
"Obama seems to compartmentalize Iraq and Syria as two different problems; but the nature of ISIS and, more broadly, the al Qaeda model from which it broke off, is that they act not as national insurgencies but as pan-national insurgencies."