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  • Budget cuts and the next Pearl Harbor

    Recent reports suggest that the U.S. government was likely engaged in two very sophisticated cyber attacks: one that spied on Iran's nuclear program and another that slowed it by destroying centrifuges. These attacks encourage a twinge of national pride...
  • Obama: Bin Laden was 'mass murderer of Muslims'

    Obama: Bin Laden was 'mass murderer of Muslims'
    President Barack Obama just spoke to the American people about the U.S. operation that killed terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.  Some key points from the president's brief speech:  • Obama praised the "tireless and heroic work" of the military. ...
  • Transcript: Obama's remarks on bin Laden's death

    Transcript: Obama's remarks on bin Laden's death
    THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release May 1, 2011 REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON OSAMA BIN LADEN East Room 11:35 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Tonight,...
  • A boost for Obama, a bust for Pakistan

    A boost for Obama, a bust for Pakistan
    Only in America would a president respond to the public celebrating over the killing of Osama bin Laden with the sports cliche he used: "We don't need to spike the football." But millions of Americans who have their eyes glued on gridirons across the...
  • Water-boarding worked

    Regarding your editorial arguing that renewed interest in water-boarding after the killing of Osama bin Laden is misplaced because it simply does not work and reflects poorly on the values of our nation ("Tortured arguments, revisited," May 5), I...
  • Which way in Afghanistan?

    Which way in Afghanistan?
    With the first anniversary of the U.S. "surge" in Afghanistan coming up in August, President Barack Obama will soon have to decide whether to maintain the current force levels or begin withdrawing some of the 30,000 additional troops he ordered there last...
  • Mayors for peace

    Mayors for peace
    It isn't often that the U.S. Conference of Mayors expresses its collective opinion on an issue of foreign policy. The last time the group did so was in 1971, when it called on the president and Congress to end the war in Vietnam. So it was significant...
  • Robert Gates' disappointing legacy

    Robert Gates' disappointing legacy
    CIA Director Leon Panetta becomes secretary of defense Thursday, taking over Washington's largest and most powerful bureaucracy with a budget that amounts to nearly 60 percent of discretionary federal spending. He will be stepping into the shoes of the...
  • Former Mid sues Naval Academy over rapes

    A former midshipman who says she was raped twice while at the Naval Academy has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to force officials to improve their response to sexual assaults at the service academies. In a complaint filed Friday, the woman, now 22, says...
  • Rape in the ranks

    Sexual assault in the military threatens our national security. This has been a hard lesson for military leaders to learn, but thanks to significant pressure from Congress and victims' advocates, they're starting to get the picture. Last month, Secretary...
  • The GOP's spendthrift ways

    There's a tendency among some to shorthand the ongoing federal budget debate as between Republicans who want to reduce government spending and Democrats who don't. This isn't really the case, as recent actions in the House have demonstrated. On...
  • Mids describe smooth transition from 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

    Mids describe smooth transition from 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
    When his roommate at the Naval Academy said jokingly last year that Andrew Atwill was a homosexual, the midshipman told him to cut it out. His friend didn't know it, Atwill says, but he really was gay — and under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy,...