| Nov 24, 2014
| 3:45 PM
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...
| Nov 25, 2014
| 8:40 PM
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....
| Nov 28, 2014
| 2:21 PM
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...
| Nov 30, 2014
| 2:30 AM
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...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 2:30 AM
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...
| Dec 23, 2014
| 9:34 AM
'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,...
| Nov 8, 2014
| 5:00 AM
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....
| Sep 20, 2014
| 5:00 AM
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...
| Sep 23, 2014
| 2:34 PM
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...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 3:00 AM
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...
| Sep 26, 2014
| 3:45 PM
Each time I hear President Barack Obama assure us that there will be "no boots on the ground" in Iraq or Syria, I think of my husband's Army boots, lying in a heap in the corner of the downstairs study. They're covered in fine dust from his latest...