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  • Abolish West Point--and the other service academies, too

    Most Americans are familiar with the prestige that surrounds the United States military service academies. Various names and phrases, spoken like solemn incantations, attest to their sacrosanct status: the Point, the Long Gray Line, Annapolis, cadets. Their graduates constitute a who's who of American greatness, including Ulysses Grant, Jimmy Carter, novelist James Salter and sci-fi writer Robert Heinlein, to name only a few. Gen. Douglas MacArthur, in a 1962 address at West Point, typified the veneration that's usually heaped on the academies when he told the cadets that they were "the leaven which binds together the entire fabric of our national system of defense."
  • Abolishing the CIA

    The shock resonating from the Senate Intelligence Committee's CIA torture report isn't due so much to the revelations themselves, grotesque as the details are, but to the fact that they're now officially public. National spokespersons (except for Dick...

    Robert Oakley dies at 83; diplomat mediated in 'Black Hawk Down' turmoil

     Robert Oakley dies at 83; diplomat mediated in 'Black Hawk Down' turmoil
    Ambassador and diplomat Robert Oakley had retired from diplomatic service, twice, when he got an emergency phone call in 1993 while at a party. Could he come to the White House early the next morning? Oakley, known as an unrelenting trouble shooter, was...

    Sen. Feinstein wants law to prohibit CIA torture

    WASHINGTON The CIA could hold prisoners for only a short time and would be restricted to using U.S. Army interrogation methods under legislation that former Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein says she'll sponsor to ensure that...

    Boehner survives rebellion by GOP conservatives

    WASHINGTON The Republican-controlled 114th Congress was sworn in Tuesday with John Boehner surviving a challenge to his speakership from dissatisfied lawmakers from his own party. While the first day of the new Congress was a celebratory occasion for...