| Jun 1, 2014
Republicans in Congress lost no time in condemning President Obama's commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point last week as further proof of his weakness and vacillation in confronting America's foes. But in fact, Mr. Obama's talk...
| Jun 8, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Like most Americans, the Ehrlichs celebrated the return of a captured U.S. soldier from Afghanistan. What parent would not possess a degree of empathy for the parents of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held by the Taliban since June 30, 2009?
A positive aspect...
| Apr 27, 2014
These days, his Western business suits and ties have given way to Afghan turbans and tunics. Instead of anthropology students and fellow faculty members at the Johns Hopkins University, tribal elders and international aid officials are more likely to seek...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 12:54 PM
When Airman Steven Doty was the first to rush to the scene of a downed helicopter in the Nuristan province of Afghanistan, he didn't consider the possibility that he might have been putting his own life in jeopardy.
On May 3, 2010, a Russian aircraft...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 8:38 PM
Growing up, when Alex Pownall watched his father, he saw a man who loved his job.
John Pownall has served 20 years in the military, the last 12 as a recruiter for the Maryland National Guard. He was sent to defend Andrews Air Force Base after the...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 4:52 PM
Qayum Karzai, the Maryland-based brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, said Wednesday that he was withdrawing from next month's presidential election and would back former foreign minister Zalmai Rassoul, widely believed to be the current president'...
| Mar 16, 2014
Six months in, there is more to say about Al Jazeera America than that its ratings stink. But that's about the only thing I see written about the Qatar-owned cable channel these days.
The ratings are minuscule — about one-half the audience that Al...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 5:31 PM
The A-10 Thunderbolt II, a snub-nosed ground-attack plane that the Maryland Air National Guard has flown in Iraq and Afghanistan, is the latest aircraft to find its way onto the Pentagon's endangered weapons list.
Outfitted with a seven-barrel Gatling...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 8:22 AM
Promoting the best officers is essential to having the most powerful military force on the planet. The de facto requirement for officers in the U.S. Air Force to obtain a master's degree in order to be promoted is blatantly ridiculous because it hinders...
| Feb 15, 2014
| 3:36 PM
From the time she learned that her husband had lost his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan's Helmand province until noon Saturday, Morgan Kessler felt as though her world was turning in circles.
"It never felt real," she said.
But moments before...
| Jan 26, 2014
| 6:06 AM
The Baltimore office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is the slowest in the country in processing disability claims for servicemen and servicewomen — averaging about a year — and makes more mistakes than any other office.
| Dec 2, 2013
| 6:50 AM
The Obama administration is understandably frustrated by its efforts to forge an agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai that would allow a scaled-down U.S. troop presence to remain in the country after most American and NATO forces leave next year....