Editorial: The slow-motion conflagration around Syria

STATE DEPARTMENT officials have been warning for nearly two years that Syria’s civil war, if not brought to a prompt end, could blossom into a regional conflagration that consumes Iraq and Lebanon and threatens vital U.S....

Editorial: Climate-change response demands urgency

JUST HOW much will the Earth heat up over the next 100 or 200 years? Climate scientists are not able to predict with high certainty. They have estimated that average global temperatures will increase by 1.5 to 4.5 degrees...

Editorial: D.C. mayor’s race takes shape

A NUMBER of factors combine to make this year’s contest for D.C. mayor unusual. There is the fact that voters are not accustomed to an April 1 primary. There is the difficulty of sorting out a large field of candidates. And there...

Don’t limit the NSA’s effectiveness

Steven G. Bradbury headed the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel from 2005 to 2009 and led the legal effort to obtain initial court approval for the National Security Agency’s telephone metadata collection. Given...

Ignatius: Ben Bernanke, crisis manager

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...

Parker: There they go again

If you happen to be one of those who enjoy politics as a blood sport, 2014’s midterm election promises to be a carnival of gore. And that’s just in the Republican Party. Democrats must be giddy. After ending 2013 with tails...

Will: Politics, by the numbers

Two years from today, Iowa — dark, brooding, enigmatic Iowa — will be enjoying its quadrennial moment as the epicenter of the universe. And in 10 months, voters will vent their spleens — if they still are as splenetic...

Drug traffickers threaten Central America’s democratic gains

Elliott Abrams is a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He was a deputy national security adviser in the George W. Bush administration and assistant secretary of state for inter-American...