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  • Catalogue of woes puts Washington in the doldrums

    WASHINGTON -- Baseball lore recalls that legendary manager Casey Stengel, when running the hapless 1962 New York Mets, forlornly asked his charges: "Can't anybody here play this game?" It's an appropriate question right now in the nation's capital...
  • Finally, a president reluctant to go to war

    To the editor: I, for one, have been thrilled to have a president who has exercised restraint in going to war and not seeking military solutions to everything. It has made me feel a lot safer. ("Obama still in office, but ex-aides' books and claws are...
  • Another cabinet veteran laments Obama's wartime leadership

    WASHINGTON -- Less than a month away from the midterm congressional elections that may determine Barack Obama's chances to rebuild public confidence in himself and his presidency, there seems to be little rallying around him, even within his own...
  • Obama still in office, but ex-aides' books and claws are already out

    Obama still in office, but ex-aides' books and claws are already out
     Former Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates was first to land a punch. Then former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton weighed in with a memoir that distanced herself from her president's foreign policy. And Tuesday, former CIA chief and Defense...
  • U.S. power in an unraveling world

    U.S. power in an unraveling world
    Everyone would have been better off if we had just left Iraqi tyrant Saddam Hussein alone. We would have saved the more than 4,000 American lives and $1 trillion wasted in the Iraq War. Saddam was such a force for stability that we wouldn't be worried...
  • Why 'No Boots On The Ground' Isn't Reassuring

    Why 'No Boots On The Ground' Isn't Reassuring
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The F-22, world's priciest fighter jet, finally flies in combat

    The F-22, world's priciest fighter jet, finally flies in combat
    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...
  • Boy Scouts disband Seattle troop because of gay adult leader

    Boy Scouts disband Seattle troop because of gay adult leader
    A Boy Scout troop in Seattle that was chartered in November lost its affiliation with the national organization last week after refusing to remove a scout leader who is gay, Boy Scouts of America said. Geoffrey McGrath first announced his sexual...
  • Afghan President Hamid Karzai relieved his term is winding down

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai relieved his term is winding down
    Six weeks before the Afghan election, at a meeting at the presidential palace, women's rights activist Sima Samar gently teased President Hamid Karzai about being a short-timer. Karzai suddenly grew emotional, Samar recalled. "To be honest, my sister, I...