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

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Diminished Obama fumbling in Middle East

The Middle East is in flames, and the president of the United States seems largely irrelevant. Israel and Hamas terrorists are fighting another Gaza war. What was once touted by the administration as a success story in Iraq degenerated into a nightmare of bloodshed and …

One side in Israel conflict is to blame

Already the headlines and news accounts speak of the Israelis and Palestinians “trading” strikes, talk of the two sides escalating their conflict, and, of course, repeat the tired, misleading phrase “the cycle of violence.” A pretty simple rule of thumb applies to the outbreaks of …

Our nation remains exceptional

SORRENTO, Italy — “We were there first. London was our colony. We were there before the Anglo-Saxons, before William the Conqueror and the Normans.” This outburst of pride in the Roman Empire of 2,000 years ago came from an Italian with whom we had struck …

3 Israeli teens’ deaths a war crime

It’s a moment of moral clarity: Three teenagers were kidnapped and murdered for the simple reason that they were Jews. Let’s not hear any rationalizations about “Israeli occupation” or “settlements” or “building in settlements.” Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frankel, 16, were …

IRS scandal is threat to free speech

VENICE, Italy — The day we arrived in this beautiful lagoon city on an Italian vacation, its mayor resigned in a corruption scandal over a flood-control project. Later that day in Washington, D.C., the Internal Revenue Service disclosed that two years worth of emails to …

VA culture, not Shinseki, was real problem

Veteran Affairs chief Eric Shinseki has fallen on his sword over the scandal about the excruciatingly long wait times for veteran medical care and the secret lists manipulated to hide the sometimes deadly delays in providing treatment to veterans of war. His resignation solves an …

Obama’s small ball foreign agenda

A strategy of singles and doubles is how President Barack Obama recently characterized his foreign policy. Anyone looking for more than small ball in what the White House billed as a major speech at West Point on Wednesday was bound to be disappointed. No big …

VA scandal shows Obama incompetence

President Barack Obama got a good deal of criticism, even from some liberals this time, for being slow to react to the Veterans Administration scandal, being reluctant to accept the reality of it by calling for yet another investigation, and coming across as dispassionate in …

Wealthy have right to back their causes

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Charles and David Koch, brothers who contribute millions to libertarian causes and candidates, are “about as un-American as anyone I can imagine.” Republicans who favor voter identification laws to maintain integrity at the polling place “are not Americans” but …

Obama rises and falls on his oratory

Barack Obama rose to national prominence and to the White House on a reputation for oratory. Yet his administration has turned out to be one notable for empty words, misstatements, politically motivated misleading claims and the 2013 “lie of the year.” The latest example of …

Plenty of presidential possibilities

Will Hillary Clinton run for president? Might Jeb Bush jump in the race? Is hope for a Chris Christie candidacy gone, or does he have a second chapter in national politics? Can Marco Rubio revive conservative enthusiasm for his political future? Will Rand Paul inspire …

Obama changes conversation again

The White House did another of its famous political/policy pivots this past week. This time it turned, or rather returned, to climate change with an 829-page report claiming that recent weather proves climate is “not some distant problem of the future” but rather one “affecting …

Court rules on trivial and profound

It sometimes seems like all society’s issues eventually land in the U.S. Supreme Court. Take a couple of recent cases, one a decision on prayer at town council meetings that took up an issue dating to the country’s founding, the other a hearing on the …

Benghazi scandal roars to life

The controversy over the Benghazi attack, once seemingly on life support if not dead, roared back to life the other day with the disclosure of a White House email suggesting blatant political motives in how the administration portrayed the deadly attack to America during a …

Time to tighten the screws on Putin

It feels like Ukraine is slipping away. Sanctions haven’t stopped Russian strongman Vladimir Putin from bullying and abusing the country. President Barack Obama says sending U.S. weapons to Ukraine’s military won’t deter Russia. Ukraine’s acting president says its security forces are “helpless” in the face …

Palestinian leaders stand in way of peace

History repeats itself: A genuine, vigorous push by the United States and/or Israel to achieve a breakthrough toward resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict crashes and burns because the Palestinian leadership simply doesn’t want any solution short of the end of the Jewish state. This time the …

A shadow falls on U.S. free speech

The other day a leader of the Russian opposition to President Vladimir Putin was convicted of libel and fined 300,000 rubles, or $8,400. Sounds like routine suppression of political speech by Putin’s regime. Most of us would say it’s far fetched that anything like that …