Thomas L. Friedman in The New York Times on why the U.S. should remain cautious in dealing with ISIL. Friedman writes that America shouldn't overreact to the threat posed by the Islamic State. "There are no words to describe the vileness of the video beheadings of two American journalists by ISIS, but I have no doubt that they’re meant to get us to overreact, à la 9/11, and rush off again without a strategy. ISIS is awful, but it is not a threat to America’s homeland." Friedman suggests that any large scale U.S. intervention should be part of a multilateral, regional solution. "When you have a region beset by that many civil wars at once, it means there is no center, only sides. And when you intervene in the middle of a region with no center, you very quickly become a side... I support using U.S. air power and special forces to root it out, but only as part of a coalition, where everybody who has a stake in stability there pays their share and where mainstream Sunnis and Shiites take the lead by demonstrating that they hate ISIS more than they hate each other."
James Goldgeier in POLITICO on why NATO is still relevant two decades after the end of the Cold War. Ahead of this week's NATO summit in Wales, Goldgeier writes that the recent Russian aggression in Ukraine shows why the organization remains as important as ever. "Suddenly, the bedrock principle of the alliance, enshrined in Article V of the 1949 Washington Treaty – that an attack on one or more NATO members 'shall be considered an attack against them all' – has once again come to the fore. Countries such as Estonia, Latvia and Poland have sought reassurance that NATO will be there to defend them if necessary." He contends that NATO must broaden its scope and include new partners in its continued quest for stability. "Global partnerships are key to building greater capacity as well as the legitimacy to act outside the transatlantic region. As NATO marks its 65th anniversary, it must resolve to reaffirm collective defense against the threat posed by the Putin regime and deepen its global partnerships to ensure not only that it survives, but that it thrives long into the future."