| Jun 30, 2013
| 7:40 AM
In an aircraft hangar in Southern Maryland, a group of bosses dressed in slacks and polo shirts clustered around an RQ-7B Shadow unmanned aircraft. Like excited schoolchildren, they peppered a Maryland National Guardsman with questions: How much does it...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 12:43 PM
In a 1993 classic movie, Bill Murray plays a weatherman who is given the assignment to view the annual awaking of the ground hog Punxsutawney Phil and finds himself living the same day over and over again. Today we are experiencing much the same thing...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 11:15 AM
As a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, I want a piece of Kevin Kallaugher for his insulting characterization of the U.S. role in Afghanistan ("Chasing the Taliban," June 23).
The audacity of KAL to view the operation in Afghanistan as a defeat by an...
| Jun 7, 2013
President Barack Obama's latest changes in his top national security team seem more a shift to a stronger emphasis on human rights than a break with his long-range determination to keep the United States out of nation-building adventurism.
| May 10, 2013
In Hillary Clinton's farewell remarks in February on stepping down as President Barack Obama's secretary of state, she echoed one of her predecessors, Madeleine Albright, declaring America to be "the indispensable nation."
"We are the force for...
| May 27, 2013
| 8:39 PM
For nearly a quarter-century, members of the airborne electronic attack squadron VAQ-209 have launched their jets from this air base in Prince George's County for deployments over Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Earlier this month, Navy Cmdr. James King...
| Dec 20, 2012
| 10:26 AM
The State Department revealed this month that the United States has detained more than 200 children at its military prison in Afghanistan. I represent one of them, a boy who left his parents' home in Karachi, Pakistan in July 2008, when he was 14, on a...
| Dec 25, 2012
| 4:00 AM
If you want to see where rank hypocrisy sits in full flower, you have only to observe Republicans at their desks in the House and Senate. There, they have been openly ridiculing President Barack Obama's proposed $50 billion stimulus bill for desperately...
| Dec 29, 2012
| 9:30 AM
President Barack Obama, the Rev. M. Cristina Paglinauan and columnist Dan Rodricks all have expressed sorrow and outrage over the slaughter of innocent children in Newtown, Conn. ("Stand vigil for gun victims and new laws," Dec. 23). Yet their vocal...
| Jan 5, 2013
| 3:07 PM
As a woman in the Army, Staff Sgt. Jennifer Hunt is barred from serving in the infantry. But that didn't stop commanders in Afghanistan from tapping her when they needed a female soldier to accompany men on their door-kicking missions.
Hunt's job on...
| Jan 22, 2013
| 5:42 PM
Baltimore is coming down with a case of Ravens fever, known to cause purple vision and unbridled joy. And the cure is still almost two weeks away.
In the meantime, area florists are ordering extra purple flowers. Babies will be swaddled in purple...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 5:12 PM
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will end the long-standing prohibition on women serving in direct combat, Pentagon officials said Wednesday, opening hundreds of thousands of military jobs previously closed to female service members.
Panetta and Gen....