| 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...
| 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...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 9:00 AM
It's American drone strikes, not whistle-blowers, that recruit al-Qaida terrorists ("Witness: Manning's WikiLeaks breach helped al-Qaida recruit," Aug. 8).
David Kilcullen, former counterinsurgency adviser to Gen. David Petraeus, condemned the drone...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 8:27 AM
In “The Tender Soldier: A True Story of War and Sacrifice,” former Chicago Tribune reporter Vanessa M. Gezari looks at the Human Terrain System, an unusual program set up to help American soldiers understand the cultural context of information...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 6:00 AM
WASHINGTON — A flood of misconduct cases involving generals and admirals has created deep concern at the Pentagon about ethical and moral shortcomings among senior military officers and prompted new steps to tighten rules, increase inspections and...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 6:01 PM
WASHINGTON — President Obama became progressively more pessimistic about prospects for a successful ending to the war in Afghanistan, goaded by inexperienced White House advisors and a dislike of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, according to his...
| Mar 31, 2014
| 4:00 AM
FT. MEADE, Md. — In nearly nine years as head of the nation's largest intelligence agency, Gen. Keith Alexander presided over a vast expansion of digital spying, acquiring information in a volume his predecessors would have found unimaginable....
| Mar 18, 2014
| 5:31 PM
His first day on his new job was the day of the LAX shooting, and it's been lights and sirens ever since. James G. Featherstone, Los Angeles' interim fire chief, hasn't unpacked his books or hung framed inspirational works like a Frederic Remington...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Welcome to 2014, which is practically 2016, which in presidential politics means just one thing, with three controversial names: Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Or, as her staff and many in the media refer to her: HRC.
"HRC" is the title of a new book by...