Barack Obama is getting dragged back into a war in Iraq and, according to the New York Times, also in Syria. And the ISIS jihadists couldn’t be happier, writes David Ignatius in the Washington Post. Obama has resisted getting involved despite the horror of 200,000 deaths in Syria, but the beheading of two American journalists has changed the mood of the country and forced Obama’s hand. In his speech, Obama will have to explain why America must fight and, more importantly, how the fight will end.
To understand why immigration activists are so angry with Obama is to understand how many times they have been betrayed. Via the Atlantic.
Chamber of Commerce backed Republicans won in all the primary races. But will they be brave enough to govern? Via the National Journal.
For those who can never get enough 2016 presidential race news, the New York Times examines how so many GOP hopefuls have so little foreign policy experience. Does that remind you of anyone?
Scotland may be about to vote to break away from the United Kingdom. John Cassidy explains why it might happen. Via the New Yorker.
Harvard, with its $32 billion endowments, gets a $350 million gift. Isn’t it time to take away some of Harvard’s tax exemptions? Via New York magazine.
A reluctant liberal law professor offers up the case against the case against Scalia. Via the New Republic.
Ted Williams breaks down the effort to protect the sage grouse in the American West and why Colorado is dropping the ball. The main problem, he says, is Governor Hickenlooper’s preoccupation with that pesky election. Via High Country News.