David Ignatius / Politics

The Wrong Response to Charlie Hebdo

WASHINGTON -- In the days after the deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, France declared "war" on terrorism, 10,000 French paramilitary police took to the streets and U.S. conservatives chided President Obama for not leading this new ...

The U.S.-Iranian Double Game

WASHINGTON -- As the United States and Iran continue negotiating a possible breakthrough nuclear agreement, both sides are carrying concealed weapons that could be used if the talks collapse.

The threats that underlie the bargaining are rarely ...

Learning From the Oil Market

WASHINGTON -- The recent plunge of oil prices to below $50 a barrel offers the same lessons as previous sharp fluctuations: Energy markets work and politicians who try to steer them almost always get it wrong.

It's ironic that, amid this ...

Wary Allies in Iraq

WASHINGTON -- Watching events unfold in Iraq this year has been like viewing a slow-motion train wreck. Tribal leaders have been warning since spring about the rise of the terrorist Islamic State and pleading for American help. But after months of...

Elizabeth Warren's Jihad

WASHINGTON -- The revival of the U.S. financial system after the crash of 2008 is arguably the Obama administration's biggest domestic policy success. But Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in her jihad against Wall Street, seems determined to devalue this ...

Swinging for the Fences

WASHINGTON -- The nadir for President Obama's foreign policy was probably last April. His Republican critics were calling him "weak" and "indecisive" after Russia's invasion of Crimea. A deflated Obama responded meekly that sometimes the best a ...