| Sep 19, 2014
| 9:32 AM
What was the Islamic State thinking? We know it is sophisticated in its use of modern media. But what was the logic of propagating to the world videos of its beheadings of two Americans (and subsequently a Briton) — sure to inflame public opinion?...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 4:10 PM
Expect to be in it for the long haul.
More than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan has left Americans war-weary, but the reality is we are not even close to being finished.
The U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State fighters started...
| Sep 23, 2014
| 12:26 PM
There's simply no excuse for the Secret Service to have allowed an apparently deranged man to vault over the White House fence on Friday then sprint across the lawn and actually enter the president's residence through an unlocked door before he was...
| Sep 16, 2014
| 1:41 PM
A pretty crafty genre pastiche until it stalls, director Adam Wingard's "The Guest" introduces its title character after he knocks on the front door of a small-town New Mexico family that recently lost their older son in the Iraq War. Door opens, a man'...
| Sep 28, 2014
| 1:38 PM
Under no circumstances should the Secret Service be allowed to encroach further on the public space of Washington.
Ill-considered, unnecessary and undemocratic security measures already have stolen from the American people the West Terrace of the...
| Sep 14, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Two letters long, it is arguably the most fruitless word in the English language, an evocation of paths not taken, possibilities foreclosed, regrets stacked high -- and it lies like a pall of smoke over President Obama's Wednesday-night announcement...
| Sep 13, 2014
WASHINGTON — It was just like the good old days.
Scooter Libby was in the front row. Paul Wolfowitz was in the second. And on the stage was Dick Cheney, beating the drums of war.
"The situation is dire, and defeating these terrorists will...
| Aug 15, 2014
Every time President Barack Obama thinks he has succeeded in establishing restraint as the central doctrine of his foreign policy, a new outburst of chaos in the Middle East draws him back in.
In 2011, fears that Libya's Moammar Kadafi would massacre...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 5:40 PM
As with many suicides, nobody saw this one coming.
Back from his service in Afghanistan, Matthew Melanson was part of a tightly knit group of students at Tunxis Community College. The 22-year-old National Guardsman from Simsbury was known as an avid...
| Sep 23, 2014
| 3:01 PM
As he sat at the defense table in a Miami federal courtroom Tuesday, Iraq War veteran Jose Emmanuel Torres wanted the judge to remember his 15 years of spotless military service to his country.
But prosecutor Jeffrey Kaplan wanted the judge to remember...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 4:30 PM
As anyone who's ever tried knows, the White House is one of the most difficult buildings in the world to get into. Take it from me. I go there almost every day for the daily White House press briefings. You have to go through several layers of security to...