Andrew Ferguson

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The Men Who Run Afghanistan

A mellowed academic, a ruthless general, a shadowy spy: Inside Hamid Karzai's inner circle<p>Over the past 12 years, Hamid Karzai has relied on several trusted operatives to govern a fragmented country. The outgoing Afghan president has centralized power in his office, often bypassing government …

Obama Reveals What He Loves Most About Being President

President Barack Obama revealed what he loves most about being president while speaking at the White House Summit on Working Families Monday.<p>"It's true, Air Force One's on the list," Obama said as the crowd laughed. "The Truman balcony is a really nice view."<p>But Obama said even those perks aren't …

'Thank God for the Saudis': ISIS, Iraq, and the Lessons of Blowback

U.S lawmakers encouraged officials in Riyadh to arm Syrian rebels. Now that strategy may have created a monster in the Middle East.<p>“Thank God for the Saudis and Prince Bandar,” John McCain told CNN’s Candy Crowley in January 2014. “Thank God for the Saudis and Prince Bandar, and for our Qatari …

Obama's Disastrous Iraq Policy: An Autopsy

The president ignored the country and its increasingly dictatorial prime minister for years.<p>Yes, the Iraq War was a disaster of historic proportions. Yes, seeing its architects return to prime time to smugly slam President Obama while taking no responsibility for their own, far greater, failures is …

Dick Cheney’s humiliating Iraq legacy: Why Rand Paul is trashing the ex-VP

Former veep is trying to rewrite history on Iraq. But as Rand Paul demonstrates, that’s not going to work so well<p>Everyone on the left or who now thinks the Iraq War was a terrible idea -- as in, "most people" -- had a good larf last week when fearsome father-daughter legion of doom Dick and Liz …

Welcome to the Exquisite Torture of Soccer, America

Take it from an England fan: Last night's draw makes the tournament all the more fun.<p>If Clint Dempsey hadn't somehow managed to secure his place in Internet folklore by scoring a goal with his abs last night, then it's possible the most enduring image from the US-Portugal game would have been …

Isis strengthens grip on Iraq's western borders

Transnational 'caliphate' now closer to reality<p>The jihadist-led alliance now running large parts of Iraq has consolidated its control to the country’s western borders, taking a town, its airport and the key trade and transport crossing to Jordan as its transnational “caliphate” becomes a …

Let’s abolish civil marriage so homophobes like Rick Santorum will shut up and go away

Want conservative bigots to stop shaping the conversation on equal marriage? Abolish all state-sanctioned marriages<p>Last week, Rick Santorum joined Mike Huckabee, this guy who talks about adult diapers and a very, very small number of other people in Washington, D.C., for the anti-equal rights …

Bad news for Einstein: Major scientific discovery walked back

The breakthrough discovery of gravitational waves could amount to dust — dust grains from the Galaxy, that is<p>In March of this year the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announced a breakthrough discovery, (the yet unconfirmed) existence of gravitational waves. As I wrote back on the day …

Wingnuts’ destructive shenanigans — and the media who enable them

No, dysfunction in Washington isn’t everyone’s fault equally. Here’s why one side is to blame — and why it matters<p>The latest Pew Poll deep dive into American political attitudes inspired a very bored Ron Fournier to sigh deeply, dust off his lace cuffs and blithely wave off all concerns about …

Rebels agree to respect Ukraine ceasefire

Pro-Russian fighters in eastern Ukraine have agreed to respect a ceasefire declared by the Ukrainian president, raising hopes for an end to months of fighting that has killed hundreds and ravaged the country's industrial heartland.<p>The announcement on Monday came as the Russian and US presidents …