| Dec 8, 2009
| 4:24 PM
by Mark Silva As President Barack Obama heads for Oslo this week to accept the Nobel Prize for Peace -- only the third sitting president to accept the award -- he is ramping up the U.S. military deployment in Afghanistan,......
| Dec 9, 2009
| 4:24 PM
by Mark Silva On his way to Oslo tonight to collect the Nobel Prize for Peace, President Barack Obama certainly has considered these words as he prepares to deliver his own: "We must ever bear in mind that the great......
| Feb 15, 2009
| 4:24 PM
by Mark Silva On the eve of President's Day, ranking the 42 individuals who have occupied the presidency before now seems a fitting undertaking. That's what "a cross-section'' of 65 historians have done, commissioned by C-SPAN to produce a Historians........
| Aug 6, 2013
They're back! The isolationist poltergeists that forever haunt the Republican Party. Or so we're told.
In July, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) had a set-to over American foreign policy. Christie clumsily denounced "this strain...
| Jul 17, 2007
AT A CANDIDATE forum for trial lawyers in Chicago on Sunday, Hillary Clinton proclaimed that the Bush administration is "the most radical presidency we have ever had."
This is, quite simply, absurd. But such boob-bait for the Bush bashers is common today...
| Dec 19, 2012
The year Herman Wouk was born, Woodrow Wilson was in his first term in the White House, the Lusitania's sinking was on the front page and "The Birth of a Nation" was playing in silent movie theaters. In the 97 years since, with such books as "The Caine...
| May 21, 2013
Although there's still a great deal to be learned about the scandals and controversies swirling around the White House like so many ominous dorsal fins in the surf, the nature of President Obama's bind is becoming clear. The best defenses of his...
| Jun 14, 2012
It's been a month since President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage and was declared, on the cover of Newsweek, "the first gay president." That's an eternity in politics, but Obama's swing through California last week, which included a...
| Apr 10, 2012
In his Wisconsin victory speech last Tuesday, Mitt Romney said, "Washington has to become an ally of business, not the opposition of business."
This to me is a more worrisome statement than his communications advisor's gaffe about Etch-A-Sketches or...
| Aug 30, 2011
When asked what posed the greatest challenge to statesmen, Harold Macmillan, the former British prime minister, responded, "Events, my dear boy, events."
That's because events tend to throw everybody off their plan. For example, Hurricane Irene ended...
| May 6, 2012
In recent weeks, a parade of top officials has given sober, underpublicized speeches explaining why President Obama not only considers "targeted killing" drone strikes against terrorists legal but has massively expanded their use, even approving a...
| Dec 14, 2013
"Partisan politics should stop at the water's edge," said a White House spokesman Wednesday, noting that it "used to be a pretty important principle that originated in the Republican Party, I believe." He was responding to criticism (much of it...