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The people who most closely identified with President Obama are the ones shaken most by his foreign policy failures

By Tom Donnelly

Best Defense guest columnist

It is remarkable, considering the transformational, ocean-healing promise once attributed to Barack Obama's rise, how America and the world seem to be coming apart at the seams. The Davos Men -- and our president is, more than anything else, a representative of the soi-disant "meritocratic" elite -- are flummoxed and getting panicky.

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Despite Foley's death, I don't think that we should consider ransoming reporters

Here's part of an op-ed piece I have in Politico today:

One day in 2007, I was being shown my bedroom at the Washington Post's bureau and house in Baghdad, where I was spending some time covering the U.S. military side of the war. I noticed an old AK-47 rifle leaning against the wall near the door of my room. The Post's local security chief, a tough-minded Iraqi, explained that it was for me to use "if they come into the house." When I heard "them" come upstairs, he advised, I should fire most of the weapon's magazine through the door, which might hold them off for a few minutes. But, he added, "save one for yourself."

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One of the best military reading lists ever: Direct to you from the Australian army

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on April 11, 2014.

It's been awhile since I've seen a reading list this good, and so comprehensive. An education itself. One thing I especially like about it is that it doesn't just list books, it tells you why you might want to read each one.

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