Thomas Friedman

08/21/2014 - 6:16pm

       Hillary Clinton recently reignited the who-lost-Syria debate when she suggested that President Barack Obama made a mistake in not intervening more forcefully early in the Syrian civil war by arming the pro-democracy rebels. I've been skeptical about such an intervention - skeptical that there were enough of these "mainstream...

08/10/2014 - 7:41pm

    President Barack Obama's hair is definitely grayer these days, and no doubt trying to manage foreign policy in a world of increasing disorder accounts for at least half of those gray hairs. (The Tea Party can claim the other half.) But having had a chance to spend an hour touring the horizon with him in the...

08/10/2014 - 7:07pm

    At 6:02 a.m. Saturday, the air raid siren sounded over Tel Aviv. I was rousted by the hotel staff from my room and ushered into the windowless service elevator area with two French families, everyone in their pajamas. After 10 minutes, when the Hamas missile threat had passed, we were allowed to go back to our...

08/07/2014 - 3:24pm

    I've been arguing that the big divide in the world these days is between the world of order and a growing world of disorder. If you're keeping score at home, the world of disorder just added another country: Libya. America quietly folded up its embassy in Libya last week and left, leaving behind a tribal...

08/07/2014 - 2:42pm

    I had held off coming to Israel, hoping the situation in Gaza would clarify - not in terms of what's happening, but how it might end in a stable way. Being here now, it is clear to me that there is a way this cruel little war could not only be stopped, but stopped in a way that the moderates in the region,...

07/31/2014 - 8:40pm

    With the world going crazy, I tried running away from the news. It didn't work.

    I've been doing an eco-survey of Madagascar, the island nation off the east coast of Africa that contains the highest percentage of plant and animal species found nowhere else on...

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