| May 24, 2014
| 5:00 AM
We don't normally expect our presidents to pay close attention to how long veterans are being asked to wait for care in the vast medical system run by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
But we do expect presidents to appoint Cabinet officers and...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 5:41 PM
Last week, before Vladimir Putin annexed the Ukrainian region of Crimea to Russia, I asked a leading Putinologist, Fiona Hill of the Brookings Institution, what the Russian president was likely to do.
"He's on the offensive," she said. "In his view, he'...
| Mar 30, 2014
Negative early headlines about Afghanistan's April 5 presidential election are easy to imagine. Some candidates are already trying to foster a simplified view among Westerners that they can fail to make the likely second-round runoff only if there is...
| May 27, 2014
| 5:16 PM
Let us now praise Vladimir Putin.
Yes, Russia's president is a cold-hearted autocrat. And yes, he rules through a network of nasty oligarchs bent on squeezing profit from their country's oil riches. If he covets a piece of territory, he's liable to...
| May 23, 2014
| 8:24 PM
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki knows adversity.
As a soldier in Vietnam, he was seriously wounded twice, the second time during a second tour of duty when he stepped on a land mine and lost half of his right foot. That should have...
| Mar 14, 2014
The European Union and the United States recognize that there are ways they could play constructive roles in resolving the Ukraine crisis. But some of the suggestions revolving around natural gas and oil being floated suggest a profound misunderstanding...
| Mar 16, 2014
| 5:00 AM
How's the U.S. economy doing?
If you're rich, the answer is "fabulously."
Here are some data points from Diane Swonk, chief economist for Mesirow Financial in Chicago. "Spending at luxury retailers has come back," she told the Senate Finance Committee...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 6:06 PM
SEOUL — Halfway through a long-delayed visit to four allies in Asia, President Obama is struggling to sell a foreign policy strategy that seems under siege on multiple fronts.
When he landed in Seoul on Friday, Obama had not locked down a key...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 8:16 PM
On the final stop of his weeklong Asian tour, President Obama on Monday answered the question that has dogged him all along the way: Has he gone too far in reducing America's historical role in global security?
The president, who rode into office on a...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 4:47 PM
Iraq’s worst surge in sectarian violence since 2008, fueled by protracted political disputes, makes the first parliamentary election since the U.S.-led occupation anything but promising.
Over the last year, Islamic militants have targeted...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 5:30 PM
WASHINGTON — After more than four years and 20 rounds of negotiations, the world's biggest free-trade deal in a generation has come down in good part to this: the United States and Japan squabbling over beef.
With President Obama due to arrive...
| May 2, 2014
| 1:38 PM
The unexpected death in Egypt this week of pro-democracy activist and writer Bassem Sabry has led his friends and followers to honor him by promoting the principles and views he had expressed since the nation’s 2011 uprising.