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  • McManus: Obama's modest proposal on defense

    As he unveiled his administration's new blueprint for U.S. defense strategy last week, President Obama sought to vaccinate himself against charges that he was gutting the nation's military. Even after the strategy is fully implemented, he said, "the...
  • McManus: An elusive victory in Iraq

    McManus: An elusive victory in Iraq
    With the final headlong withdrawal this month of U.S. troops from Iraq, President Obama fulfilled a campaign promise to end the war. But was the nearly nine-year mission a success? Iraq is still struggling even to ensure its own security. Its air force...
  • McManus: Who reviews the U.S. 'kill list'?

    When it comes to national security, Michael V. Haydenis no shrinking violet. As CIA director, he ran the Bush administration's program of warrantless wiretaps against suspected terrorists. But the retired air force general admits to being a little...
  • Goldberg: Obama's terrorist dilemma

    I agree with the Obama administration's decision to kill the American-born Al Qaeda recruiter Anwar Awlaki. What I can't fathom is why the administration agrees with me. Here's Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta responding to complaints from the ACLU over...
  • McManus: Facing a nuclear Iran

    The United Nations report on Iran's nuclear program released last week should end the debate, if any debate remained, over whether Iran is moving toward acquiring the ability to build a nuclear weapon. In cautious but convincing detail, the U.N.'s...
  • McManus: The super committee that wasn't

    Here's an assessment from the Republican co-chairman of Congress' unfortunate "super committee" of why the bipartisan panel failed to produce a deficit reduction plan last week: "We could not bridge the gap between two dramatically competing visions of...
  • Goldberg: Soldier girl blues

    Goldberg: Soldier girl blues
    What if, during the presidential campaign, Mitt Romney had accused President Obama of wanting to let servicewomen serve in combat? After all, Obama had hinted as much in 2008. What would Obama's response have been? My hunch is that he would have accused...
  • McManus: A team of rivals on Syria

    Last August, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and then-CIA Director David H. Petraeus proposed that the United States change its policy and send weapons and other aid to the rebels fighting the Syrian government. Defense Secretary Leon E....
  • McManus: Confronting Iran -- again

    McManus: Confronting Iran -- again
    Here's a prediction I don't think I'll have to apologize for at the end of the year: Some time in the coming months, probably this spring, there will be another crisis over Iran's nuclear program. It's become an annual event on the diplomatic calendar:...
  • Myths of Iraq and Afghanistan

    Myths of Iraq and Afghanistan
    When Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the other day the U.S. war in Afghanistan is "succeeding" and "has turned an important corner," I could have sworn I had heard that before. Where could it have been? Ah, now I remember. In 2003, Defense...
  • Goldberg: Benghazi -- no mere 'October surprise'

    If you want to understand why conservatives have lost faith in the so-called mainstream media, you need to ponder the question: Where is the Benghazi feeding frenzy? Unlike some of my colleagues on the right, I don't think there's a conspiracy at work....