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  • U.S. aid enabled 'Iron Dome' [Commentary]

    U.S. aid enabled 'Iron Dome' [Commentary]
    When Americans question the value of U.S. foreign aid, one only has to point to the explosions in Israel's skies to demonstrate its worth. The result of the Iron Dome air defense system in action, these blasts occur when there is a successful interception of a rocket fired toward an Israeli population center from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Iron Dome is a uniquely Israeli creation, but American foreign military financing has been crucial in the expansion of this system to provide adequate protection for Israel's eight million citizens — Jews and Arabs alike.
  • Guantanamo judge's secret order on secret motion is so secret defense lawyers can't see it

    In the latest installment of the Guantanamo war court's most mysterious legal filings two motions so secret that the public can't know their titles an Army judge has issued a classified order to prosecutors that even the defense lawyers can't see. The...

    Fred Hiatt: Needed — A new team of rivals for Obama

    Maybe it is time for a shake-up. President Obama's second-term staffing was always going to be a risk. He abandoned his first term's team of rivals for a closer-knit team of loyalists. The bet was that he was assured enough in the job to no longer need...

    March's anger over Senate's torture report fades to silence

    WASHINGTON On March 11, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., threw a gauntlet on the floor of the Senate, explosively accusing the Central Intelligence Agency of violating the Constitution by spying on her committee...

    Why Obama has changed his mind on Syria

    President Obama's foreign policy speech at West Point last week was in large part a list of all the things he doesn't want to do. He doesn't want to withdraw from the world. At the same time, he doesn't want to use military force to solve every problem....