Ash Carter once wanted to bomb North Korea, but a look at the former history student’s record suggests he’d be far more cautious about Iran and the Islamic State if he took the helm at the Pentagon.
Kurdish political groups remain on the U.S. terrorist list, even as they’ve become crucial allies in the Islamic State fight.
The South Stream pipeline becomes a casualty of the Ukraine crisis, and its demise shows the limits of Moscow’s energy bullying.
The administration fired Chuck Hagel without having a replacement lined up, but Obama seems to have found the man he wants to run the Pentagon at a time of war abroad and infighting at home.
Oil prices are at five-year lows thanks to OPEC’s hands-off attitude. But that alone probably won’t be enough to strangle the surge in U.S. oil production.