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Steve Huntley is a commentary columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and a member of its editorial board.

He served as editor of the editorial page …

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Israel simply is not equally at fault

Western donor nations that have given so much money to Palestinian causes are expressing hesitancy about funding the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip because they fear another war may be, if not just around the corner, then certainly not that far off. It’s a reasonable …

Hedge your bets on Senate races

The election for control of the U.S. Senate in just under four weeks is, somewhat surprisingly, shaping up as a bit of a nail- biter. A volatile mix of President Barack Obama’s unpopularity, voter discontent with things as they are threatening all incumbents, historic trends …

Obama loose with the facts at NU

Good news has been hard to find for President Barack Obama. The international situation is a little frightening with a terrorist army in Iraq chopping off heads and Russia gobbling up parts of Ukraine. Ebola is no longer a distant problem in Africa, it’s in …

Expert assurances provide little relief

As one old enough to recall the national trauma of the murder of John F. Kennedy and the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan, I saw nothing funny in the jokes by late-night comedians ridiculing the Secret Service over the recent intrusion of an armed man …

A credible stand against terrorism

In a bid to reassert U.S. leadership globally, President Barack Obama has succeeded in enlisting Arab Sunni states to bomb Sunni terrorists while launching a much-needed modernization of America’s nuclear arsenal. These endeavors are remarkable in themselves but especially so coming from a president who rose to the White House promising to withdraw from Mideast conflicts and to work toward a world free of nuclear weapons. The realities of international threats intruded on those lofty goals.

Hard to argue Hillary means ‘change’

Democrats think they’re sitting pretty for the 2016 presidential election. They have an all-but-anointed standard-bearer in Hillary Clinton, one who has the extra appeal of possibly making history as the first woman commander-in-chief, while the Republicans again face a crowded, ideologically divided field with the …

If only Obama had Bush’s real grit

For years the conventional wisdom held that President Barack Obama has continued the national security policies of George W. Bush: drone strikes, secret surveillance measures and indefinite detention of terrorists. Now, say some commentators, Obama’s war rhetoric is even sounding like Bush’s. Obama advocates preemptive …

Obama’s ISIS plan begs questions

You could almost hear the sigh of relief from President Barack Obama’s supporters — he has a strategy to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and it’s a tough one. After a couple of weeks of muddled messaging about ISIS, also called ISIL, …

Dems want incumbent protection

Senate Democrats want to amend the Constitution so they could by force of law limit the amount of money their opponents spend to try to unseat them in elections. Now, Democrats tell a different story: That they are trying to eliminate the influence of big …

Decimated Hamas makes ludicrous claims

The Hamas terrorists who rule the Gaza Strip are good at one thing: Getting Palestinians killed. More than 2,100 Palestinians died in the 50-day war against Israel that ended on the same truce terms offered to Hamas in the early days of the conflict before …

Putin rolls over Obama’s rhetoric

President Barack Obama insists there is no military solution to the Ukraine crisis, only a diplomatic one. That may be true, but it’s next to impossible to imagine a political end to the Russian invasion and violence by separatists in the eastern part of the …

Obama foreign policy dangerously aimless

President Barack Obama’s statement that “we don’t have a strategy yet” against the Islamist army rampaging across Syria will hearten Americans opposed to escalating the U.S. role in the Middle East chaos. But it’s hard to see how the fanatics of the Islamic State in …

Fixing tax code beats bashing execs

Burger King is the latest company to find itself in a harsh spotlight for making a reasonable business decision to relocate its headquarters out of the country. Democrats have responded to this corporate tactic with super-heated rhetoric rather than any commitment to work with Republicans …

Obama may be about to eat crow on ISIS

Two top administration officials — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey — declare the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is a terrorist threat like we’ve never seen before, that it can’t be contained and that it …

Stand with Israel against terrorism

Hamas has broken more cease-fires than you can count on the fingers of both hands. The latest and 11th violation of a truce suggests the terrorist rulers of the Gaza Strip believe they can yet salvage some kind of success out of their failed war …

U.S. hold on arms to Israel rewards Hamas

The Obama administration places a hold on an arms shipment to Israel. This after it refused to send weapons to Ukraine to fight Russia-backed separatists. And after the White House rejected arming moderate rebels in Syria, which former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says led …

We fight abroad to remain safe at home

With crisis again gripping Iraq, President Barack Obama finds his foreign policy for the Middle East under question from the right, the left and even his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton. It’s no surprise that national security hawks like Sen. John McCain think Obama …