| Jun 19, 2014
Last fall, as President Obama weighed airstrikes against Syria, deliberations followed a clear pattern: The president solicited scores of options, planners returned with possibilities, and, according to people involved, Obama would reply with the same...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Eric Shinseki spent a lifetime serving his country before being ill served by a vast bureaucracy with deep-seated dysfunctions beyond even his ability and dedication to cure.
A four-star general, former chief of staff, and a combat veteran who left...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 5:27 PM
Get ready for a new round of Clintonmania.
Hillary Rodham Clinton's memoir of her four years as secretary of State is scheduled for release on Tuesday, and the tightly orchestrated hoopla has already begun.
A team of strategists from past campaigns...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Early in 2007, with Iraq embroiled in sectarian violence, American diplomats in Baghdad tried to persuade a key Shiite Muslim lawmaker to support the easing of a ban on the Sunni Arab-dominated Baath Party.
At a meeting at the U.S. Embassy, the...
| Aug 18, 2014
"Great nations need organizing principles, and, 'Don't do stupid stuff,' is not an organizing principle."
Hillary Clinton, The Atlantic, Aug. 10
Leave it to President Barack Obama's own former secretary of state to acknowledge the fatal flaw of his...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Frontline's "Losing Iraq" is, in essence, the foreign-policy companion to the PBS news program's recent domestic-surveillance treatise "United States of Secrets," offering an evenhanded approach to a topic where reason is often drowned out elsewhere by...
| May 14, 2013
President Obama was asked about the metastasizing Benghazi scandal in a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday. Referring to the Americans who died in Benghazi, the president said, "We dishonor them when we turn things...
| Aug 13, 2013
Many years ago the British historian and strategist B.H. Liddell Hart pointed out that the object of war should be to produce a "better state of peace." If that is what earns a war a passing grade, then the United States deserves a failing grade for...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 8:40 AM
Some people read military history for the technical details--why General X failed to match Hanibal's pincer movement at Cannae. Others, like me, dip into it to see how individuals and societies respond to circumstances of immense stress.
| Jun 20, 2013
| 3:23 PM
The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Thursday that journalist Michael Hastings, who died in an auto crash this week, was never under investigation by the agency. Hastings' stories about figures in the military and intelligence community have fueled...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 8:25 AM
Journalist Michael Hastings, who died last week in a fiery single-car crash in Hancock Park, was not working on a story about Florida socialite Jill Kelley, his wife said.
Elise Jordan posted a message on Twitter on Tuesday morning: "To correct the...