| Jun 8, 2011
| 2:48 PM
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...
| Jun 26, 2011
| 5:00 AM
During the campaign summer of 2008, candidate Obama said of Afghanistan, "This is a war that we have to win." Yet now, although progress is being made the job is still very much unfinished, we find Obama as president extracting our resources from...
| Apr 25, 2011
| 3:00 AM
On March 25th, I returned with three other members of Congress from a six-day trip to Iraq and Afghanistan. I came away, as all do, tremendously impressed by the commitment of American soldiers and civilians to executing their mission. We were in...
| May 3, 2011
| 4:30 AM
God bless former President George W. Bush for putting General David Petraeus in charge, and God bless President Obama for being smart enough to keep him.
Even though after 10 years Osma bin Laden was old and dying from kidney damage, it is gratifying...
| May 26, 2012
| 3:14 PM
The report from the State Department was brief: Thomas M. Jennings Jr., a federal worker from Burtonsville on a temporary assignment with NATO peacekeepers, had died in a car crash in Southern Bosnia.
Fifteen years later, it turns out that was only...
| Feb 2, 2012
| 5:54 PM
In a ceremony at the Pentagon, hosted by Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Jan. 6, Brig. Gen. Ralph O. Baker, an Aberdeen High School graduate, was promoted to major general in the U.S. Army.
The ceremony was attended by...
| Mar 20, 2012
| 10:28 AM
Where is Afghanistan policy headed at this crucial moment? As the nation's excellent if unsung war commander, Gen. John Allen, testifies on Capitol Hill this week, and as Republican presidential aspirants continue to attack President Barack Obama from...
| Aug 18, 2014
"Great nations need organizing principles, and, 'Don't do stupid stuff,' is not an organizing principle."
Hillary Clinton, The Atlantic, Aug. 10
Leave it to President Barack Obama's own former secretary of state to acknowledge the fatal flaw of his...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 10:00 PM
The blame game is hip deep in our country over the tragedy unfolding in Iraq. Frontline, the TV news magazine of PBS, aired an episode July 29 titled "Losing Iraq."
Former Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton has claimed that the failure of the...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Early in 2007, with Iraq embroiled in sectarian violence, American diplomats in Baghdad tried to persuade a key Shiite Muslim lawmaker to support the easing of a ban on the Sunni Arab-dominated Baath Party.
At a meeting at the U.S. Embassy, the...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 11:35 AM
Belatedly but, we hope, finally! we are witnessing the beginning of the end of the Carterization of Barack Obama's presidency.
It has come not a moment too soon. We can only hope that it is real and not too late.
President Obama is scrambling to halt...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Frontline's "Losing Iraq" is, in essence, the foreign-policy companion to the PBS news program's recent domestic-surveillance treatise "United States of Secrets," offering an evenhanded approach to a topic where reason is often drowned out elsewhere by...