David Ignatius / Politics

Another Intelligence Failure

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA's use of torture was immensely valuable. But it should have addressed Congress' own failure to oversee these activities more effectively. By giving lawmakers a pass, Sen. Dianne ...

An Honest Public Accounting

WASHINGTON -- A CIA medical officer who was assigned to monitor the interrogation of an al-Qaeda operative named Abu Zubaida sent a message to his superiors on Aug. 4, 2002, the day the CIA first used the technique known as "waterboarding." He ...

Paranoia as a Weapon

WASHINGTON -- The worm of paranoia begins to eat into even the hardest adversary. An example is a Twitter post last week displaying an Islamic State leaflet offering a $5,000 reward for information about "crusaders' agents" in the ranks.

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Outlines for a Strategy

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's slow campaign against the Islamic State takes a small step forward this week as a leading Sunni politician visits Washington to urge support for a 10,000-member national guard force that could gradually ...

The Benefits of National Service

WASHINGTON -- At Thanksgiving, Americans think about the spirit of community that animates the country at its best. But in a year characterized by so much political and racial discord, you have to wonder whether the communal quilt is fraying at ...

At An Impasse With Iran

WASHINGTON -- The Iran nuclear talks defy easy comparison: But think of a labor negotiation where it's too costly for workers to go on strike or for management to impose a lockout, so the two sides continue without a contract while negotiations ...