David Ignatius / Politics

Nothing to Fear But Panic Itself

WASHINGTON -- Richard Preston, whose 1994 book "The Hot Zone" brought the Ebola virus terrifyingly alive for readers, once described how, during his research, his biohazard suit had ripped open, exposing him to a potentially fatal toxin.

"I ...

Growing Pressure on Obama to Escalate

WASHINGTON -- As fighters from the Islamic State surge toward control of Anbar Province in western Iraq and the border town of Kobane in Syria, U.S. commanders and diplomats are signaling that the U.S. must expand its military operations before ...

Book review: Leon Panetta's "Worthy Fights"

WASHINGTON -- Maybe President Obama should have asked his Cabinet secretaries to sign book-royalty agreements when they took their oaths of office, so he could share in the spoils. Too late now: Here's Leon Panetta, former defense secretary and ...

Reality Check on Limited War

WASHINGTON -- What happens when an American plan for limited war against the Islamic State meets the savage reality of combat, as happened this week when the extremists pounded Kurdish fighters just inside Syria's border with Turkey? The cry rose ...

Is a Talent Infusion in the Works?

WASHINGTON -- Presidents often need new energy and talent to refurbish their second terms. George W. Bush opted for such a shake-up in 2006 and it arguably saved his presidency. Barack Obama is now facing a similar moment, and there are signs he's...

A Proxy War Creates Syrian Chaos

ISTANBUL -- The squabbling factions that make up the Syrian "moderate opposition" should get their act together. But so should the foreign nations -- such as the United States, Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Jordan -- that have been funding the ...