| Oct 8, 2011
| 12:21 PM
As described by those who know him, Matthew VanDyke comes off as footloose and maybe a little feckless. He has worked sporadically, sometimes getting freelance writing or teaching gigs but more often traveling to the Middle East for months at a time...
| May 19, 2011
| 3:02 PM
The most surprising aspect of President Barack Obama's speech Thursday on U.S. policy in the Middle East may have been his strongly worded call for a two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, based on Israel's boundaries before 1967....
| May 7, 2011
| 5:00 AM
Killing Osama bin Laden is a strange way to start a presidential campaign season, but that's where we are.
Now, bin Laden wasn't taken out for partisan political reasons. Nor was his death ultimately a partisan policy. With only the most cartoonish...
| Jun 3, 2011
| 6:30 AM
The Syrian government's increasingly brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters is putting the Obama administration's revamped Middle East policy to its first real test. It's one thing to say U.S. policy toward the region should spring from America's core...
| Jun 15, 2011
| 8:05 PM
Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers Wednesday in filing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama over U.S. involvement in Libya, alleging that the White House overstepped its constitutional authority when it launched the...
| Jun 18, 2011
| 6:00 AM
Rep. Roscoe Bartlett and I would agree on very few political issues. But he is correct to sue over the war in Libya ("Bartlett, others sue over Libya," June 16).
While I have great empathy for the people of Libya who have lived for decades under a...
| Aug 22, 2011
| 3:35 PM
Col. Moammar Gadhafi's 42-year misrule of the oil-rich African nation of Libya appears finally to be nearing an end. The rebels' surprisingly swift advance into the capital, Tripoli, over the weekend brought large parts of the government's last...
| Nov 1, 2011
| 4:30 PM
For the American sailors off Tripoli — five of them from Maryland — it was a suicide mission: Sail the small ship heavy with explosives in among the enemy fleet, set the blast to go off in 15 minutes, jump into lifeboats and get as far away as...
| Oct 30, 2011
| 3:00 AM
Because it's the U.S. Army's Energy Awareness Month, it may be a good time to remind President Obama of oil's importance to economic security and the role that wartime leadership and image play in getting your hands on it post-victory. He can't just...
| Sep 9, 2011
| 6:03 AM
Even as Libya's rebels prepare to attack the last remaining strongholds of former dictator Muammar Gadhafi, disturbing reports have surfaced of widespread looting at weapons caches abandoned by his retreating forces. The regime's stockpiles included...
| Nov 2, 2011
| 3:27 PM
Matthew VanDyke — the Baltimore writer and filmmaker who was jailed in Libya for nearly six months and then remained to aid rebels seeking to overthrow dictator Moammar Gadhafi — is scheduled to return home Saturday.
VanDyke, 32, is set to...
| Nov 5, 2011
| 8:24 PM
The Baltimore man who traveled to Libya in February at the start of a political uprising there said he was never in the country as a journalist but as a supporter of the revolutionaries.
"I was supporting the revolution when I got captured. My mother...