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David Ignatius / Politics

Obama's Problem to Fix

WASHINGTON -- Reading the devastating memoir by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, people are likely to ask the same troubling questions that emerge from the morning newspapers these days: How did the Obama administration's foreign-policy ...

Iran's Fingerprints in Fallujah

WASHINGTON -- Four years ago, al-Qaeda appeared to have been destroyed in Iraq. This week, fighters from the group captured Fallujah, a city where hundreds of Americans were killed or wounded in the last decade fighting the jihadists. How did this...

Ben Bernanke, Crisis Manager

WASHINGTON -- When Ben Bernanke was asked last month what historians would write about his eight-year tenure as Fed chairman, which ends Jan. 31, he gave a characteristically reticent answer: "I'll be interested to see. I hope I live long enough ...

Overcoming Our National Despair

WASHINGTON -- For an optimistic country, 2013 was a heck of a downbeat year, perhaps most of all for the nation's chief executive. The entire top half of the Dec. 15 Outlook section cover in the Washington Post carried the bleak review: "President...