State Department

Kerry: An Outsider Finally Gets In

From stone-throwing protester to law-making senator; from an awkward loner to the darling of his colleagues; and now from critic to champion of Obama foreign policy, Kerry has always moved outside-in.

“Strategic Ambiguity,” Indeed

You would think, given Taiwan’s role as the most likely flashpoint in relations between the U.S. and China, that the faux U.S. embassy in Taipei, and its Washington outpost, would be well-oiled operations. You’d presume there would be bright and clear lines of authority and command to ensure diplomatic kerfuffles don’t turn …

Turns Out the Marines Had Ammo…

The report Thursday that Marines in Cairo lacked ammo as their embassy came under attack was not accurate.

An overnight dispatch from longtime DIA analyst John McCreary on his NightWatch blog cited unidentified Marine blogs as the source for the claims.

The report quickly went viral. But based on reporting all day Thursday, it’s …

To The Shores of Benghazi…

The news of the killing of Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, in an attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi is bitter. It was Benghazi, after all, that was the heart of the Libyan revolution last year. Libyan leader …

An $80 Million Sitting Duck

The U.S. has abandoned its just-finished consulate in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e Sharif after spending $80 million outfitting the former hotel as a symbol of U.S. resoluteness. This is the kind of fiasco that tends to …

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