| Jan 25, 2015
| 4:08 AM
Most Americans are familiar with the prestige that surrounds the United States military service academies. Various names and phrases, spoken like solemn incantations, attest to their sacrosanct status: the Point, the Long Gray Line, Annapolis, cadets....
| Jan 16, 2015
| 3:13 PM
The Boy Scouts of America's youth membership fell 7.4 percent last year, continuing a decade-long decline for one of the nation's oldest youth organizations, a spokesman said Friday.
More than 2.4 million youth participated in its programs in 2014, along...
| 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,...
| 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 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...
| 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...
| 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....