| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 3:59 PM
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...
| 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...
| Nov 17, 2014
| 5:21 PM
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...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 8:45 AM
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...
| 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...
| Jun 15, 2014
| 4:00 AM
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...
| 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....