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  • Saturday's TV highlights and weekend talk: 'They Came Together' on Epix

    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Jan. 18 - 24, 2015 in PDF format This week's TV Movies -------------------- SERIES Austin City Limits Veteran indie band...
  • The other America

    Germany's first chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, supposedly once said that there was "a special providence for drunkards, fools and the United States of America." Apparently, late 19th century observers could not quite explain how the U.S. thrived when...
  • Interrogation Report One-Sided, Hypocritical

    Interrogation Report One-Sided, Hypocritical
    The report by Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding CIA interrogation essentially accuses the agency under George W. Bush of war criminality. Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein appears to offer some extenuation when she reminds us in...
  • Golden silence, thy name is W

    Golden silence, thy name is W
    'A salute to George W. Bush — along with hope that, when he leaves office, Obama will follow the example.' In the domain of foreign affairs, 2014 has brought heated national debates on an impressive range of subjects: Russia, Ukraine, Iran, Syria,...
  • Afghan interpreter finds refuge at Marine's home in Champaign

     Afghan interpreter finds refuge at Marine's home in Champaign
    Every morning, Dinar sits in a folding chair in a second floor bedroom of a house in this university town and Skypes with his family a world away. This is likely as close as he will ever be to them again. Dinar, a 30-year-old Afghan man, was an...
  • Obama still in office, but ex-aides' books and claws are already out

    Obama still in office, but ex-aides' books and claws are already out
     Former Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates was first to land a punch. Then former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton weighed in with a memoir that distanced herself from her president's foreign policy. And Tuesday, former CIA chief and Defense...
  • U.S. power in an unraveling world

    U.S. power in an unraveling world
    Everyone would have been better off if we had just left Iraqi tyrant Saddam Hussein alone. We would have saved the more than 4,000 American lives and $1 trillion wasted in the Iraq War. Saddam was such a force for stability that we wouldn't be worried...
  • The F-22, world's priciest fighter jet, finally flies in combat

    The F-22, world's priciest fighter jet, finally flies in combat
    After nearly a decade of being derided as dangerous to fly and an example of wasteful military spending, the radar-evading F-22 fighter jet flew in combat for the first time in this week’s U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria. The Pentagon said it used...
  • Chuck Hagel merely a symptom of Obama's foreign policy failures

    Chuck Hagel merely a symptom of Obama's foreign policy failures
    Recent events have not cast a flattering light on President Barack Obama's approach to military and security matters. The rise of the Islamic State has forced him to reverse his withdrawal from Iraq. Vladimir Putin has seized Crimea from neighboring...
  • Chuck Hagel's firing won't help U.S. foreign policy

     Chuck Hagel's firing won't help U.S. foreign policy
    It is a time-honored tradition in American politics: Whenever the president turns unpopular, he fires someone and brings in a tried and tested veteran to clean house. Thus in 1987, in the middle of the Iran-Contra affair, out went Donald Regan as Ronald...
  • Obama appears to be seeking a more forceful Defense secretary

    Obama appears to be seeking a more forceful Defense secretary
    As he searches for his fourth Defense secretary in six years, President Obama appears to be looking for a more forceful, articulate military leader to navigate the tough but limited wars that are likely to consume much of his final two years in office....