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  • 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...
  • Chuck Hagel got a bum rap

    Goodbye, Chuck Hagel: We hardly knew ye! Perhaps there wasn't much to know. Or perhaps you contain hidden depths. Who can say? For almost two years, you seemed barely there, an irascible half-presence in the Pentagon's E ring. Soon you won't be there at...
  • Obama asserts 'no boots on the ground,' but others dissent

    WASHINGTON -- President Obama's firm determination that no more American combat forces will be introduced in the Middle East battlefield may well thwart his intention to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the new threat of the Islamic State in Iraq and...
  • 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...
  • Atty. Gen. Eric Holder blasts Boy Scouts for anti-gay discrimination

    Atty. Gen. Eric Holder blasts Boy Scouts for anti-gay discrimination
    Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. said Tuesday that the Boy Scouts of America perpetuates “the worst stereotypes” by barring gay people from becoming Scout leaders. “The continuation of a policy that discriminates against gay adult leaders...
  • In Iraq, closing the gap between Obama's goal and means

    Discordant notes from the Obama administration last week were widely interpreted as a collision between a war-weary president and a gung-ho military. And it was easy to see why. President Obama ordered airstrikes against Islamic State militants, but...
  • Five myths about Obama's closest aide

    Five myths about Obama's closest aide
    Valerie Jarrett is the most talked-about White House aide in Washington — and that's not always a good thing. Jarrett has come under attack after the midterm elections, with critics charging that she wields too much influence over her boss. Part of...
  • Shane Harris' '@War' details rising military-Internet link

    Shane Harris' '@War' details rising military-Internet link
    A thought commonly attributed to George Orwell holds that good people can sleep at night only because rough men are awake and ready to protect them. But in the modern world, two other groups are also vital to a sound sleep: software engineers and computer...
  • Walter Pincus: Obama's no-boots-on-the-ground promise will be tested in fight against Islamic State

    Walter Pincus: Obama's no-boots-on-the-ground promise will be tested in fight against Islamic State
    The focus on sound-bite slogans such as no U.S. "boots on the ground" and "what will victory look like?" miss the key point of President Obama's plan to lead a multinational coalition in the fight against the terrorist group self-proclaimed as the Islamic...
  • $40-billion missile defense system proves unreliable

    $40-billion missile defense system proves unreliable
    With a convulsive rumble, followed by billowing flames and exhaust, a sleek 60-foot rocket emerged from its silo at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base. It was a test of the backbone of the nation's missile defense system. If North Korea or Iran ever...
  • Putin's belligerence today has its roots in the fall of the Berlin Wall

    Putin's belligerence today has its roots in the fall of the Berlin Wall
    To those old enough to remember the frostiest days of the Cold War, today's headlines and images seem very familiar. Military troops under the control of Moscow cross borders with impunity. Heads of NATO states struggle to generate an effective response....