FRANCE’S DIPLOMATIC BLITZ. French president Francois Hollande is in Washington D.C. Tuesday to meet with President Obama, and will be paying a visit to the leaders of Germany, Italy and Russia in the next few days, in an effort to better coordinate the international response to the Islamic State in the aftermath of the Paris attacks. Part of the effort, The Washington Post reports, is to see if France can push Russia toward the U.S. position, which is that closer cooperation with Russia is welcome only if Moscow stops helping the Syrian regime.
OBAMA’S ADVISERS ON HIS ISLAMIC STATE STRATEGY. Obama has been fielding criticism of his strategy to combat the Islamic State from both sides of the political aisle. So The Washington Post took a look at some of his former top security, military and intelligence advisers: What do they think he’s doing right and wrong? The takeaway: He should do more of the same — just a little more effectively.