Marvin Kalb is the Edward R. Murrow Professor (Emeritus) at Harvard University and a guest scholar in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution. His distinguished journalism career covers three decades of award-winning reporting and commentary for CBS and NBC, where he hosted Meet the Press. He has written many books, most recently Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama (Brookings, 2011) and The Road to War: Presidential Commitments Honored and Betrayed (Brookings, 2013). He resides in the Washington, D.C. area.

The Thin Red Line

Every U.S. president has made promises to other nations. But in this excerpt of The Road to War, Marvin Kalb notes that, as in our past commitments to Israel and South Korea, whether President Obama will honor or betray his promises can mean war or peace in places like Iran and Syria.