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  • Our insufferable ally in Kabul [Editorial]

    Our insufferable ally in Kabul  [Editorial]
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai's rebuke of U.S. and NATO forces as the principal cause of civilian casualties in his country understandably outraged American officials, with some in Congress threatening to retaliate by making even deeper cuts in military...
  • Latest missile defense system test is successful

    The nation's trouble-plagued missile defense system registered a success Sunday when a ground-based interceptor fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base destroyed a mock enemy warhead high above the Pacific, military officials said. The interception...
  • U.S. intervention in Libya now seen as cautionary tale

    U.S. intervention in Libya now seen as cautionary tale
    A group of U.S. diplomats arrived in Libya three years ago to a memorable reception: a throng of cheering men and women who pressed in on the startled group "just to touch us and thank us," recalled Susan Rice, President Obama's national security advisor....
  • Poll: Beneath Jerry Brown's high ratings, voters have reservations

     Poll: Beneath Jerry Brown's high ratings, voters have reservations
    California voters overwhelmingly embraced Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown over his Republican rivals in the June primary, but he has failed to win them over on some of the state's most pressing issues. Brown's handling of state prisons, efforts to address...
  • McManus: Confronting Iran -- again

    McManus: Confronting Iran -- again
    Here's a prediction I don't think I'll have to apologize for at the end of the year: Some time in the coming months, probably this spring, there will be another crisis over Iran's nuclear program. It's become an annual event on the diplomatic calendar:...
  • Chan Lowe: Bibi Netanyahu's not-so-secret weapon

    Chan Lowe: Bibi Netanyahu's not-so-secret weapon
    I went to a lecture yesterday given by Robert Gates, who served as secretary of defense under Barack Obama and George W. Bush, and worked for something like eight administrations.   He is a very impressive guy, and though the crowd—which was...
  • Hagel seen as Obama's pick for Defense

    Hagel seen as Obama's pick for Defense
    President Obama is expected to nominate Chuck Hagel, a former Republican senator and Vietnam veteran, to be Defense secretary, officials said, setting up a confirmation battle with lawmakers and interest groups critical of Hagel's views on Israel and...
  • Defense suggests accused WikiLeaker was troubled soldier

    Defense suggests accused WikiLeaker was troubled soldier
    To his supporters, Army Pfc. Bradley E. Manning is a hero, the whistle-blower who revealed U.S. war crimes and diplomatic double-dealing in the Pentagon records and State Department cables he is alleged to have sent to the anti-secrecy organization...
  • Saluting the rapists: America's culture of silence on sex

    Saluting the rapists: America's culture of silence on sex
    Remember that awkward silence that fell across the nation back in '94 when Bill Clinton's surgeon general used the M-word? Jocelyn Elders, speaking at an AIDS conference at the U.N. about reducing the risk of sexually transmitted disease, said that...
  • McManus: Will there be a Libya bounce for Obama?

    McManus: Will there be a Libya bounce for Obama?
    Twenty years ago this summer, American cities staged noisy, flag-waving parades to celebrate the U.S. victory in a war we've almost forgotten: the Persian Gulf War against Iraq. The president at the time, George H.W. Bush, saw his poll ratings soar in the...
  • A funding cut that endangers America

    A funding cut that endangers America
    In a time of great political gridlock, there is at least one issue that both parties still agree on — the urgency to confront and reduce the threat posed by terrorist groups that are actively seeking nuclear weapons. But Congress reduced the fiscal...