| 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...
| May 29, 2012
| 3:16 PM
With Osama bin Laden dead, the war in Iraq over and the war in Afghanistan winding down, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told graduating midshipmen Tuesday to prepare themselves for "one of the key projects" of their generation: building American...
| Jun 7, 2012
What happens when a brutal regime gets replaced by an alternative and largely unknown entity? Exhibit A: Libya.
Shortly after Moammar Gadhafi bumped his head on a bullet, the "rebels" took over and promptly declared Sharia law. It's a start -- I guess....
| Nov 10, 2011
| 8:39 AM
A report this week on Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program by the International Atomic Energy Agency leaves little doubt that country's ruling clerics remain determined to acquire the means to produce a bomb. That poses a dilemma for the Obama...
| Nov 13, 2011
| 9:30 AM
How fitting! On this year's Veterans' Day we're learning about the next war in the Middle East ("Iran and the bomb," Nov. 11). Now it's Iran that's in the crosshairs. In my opinion the Pentagon has become "too big to fail," and lessons from the recent...
| May 7, 2012
| 5:21 PM
Back from a visit to Kabul, Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger expressed confidence in relations between the U.S. and Afghanistan. It's Pakistan that concerns him.
"A lot of terrorists are being trained and harbored in Pakistan," said Ruppersberger, the top...
| Dec 15, 2011
| 10:10 AM
Weapons-makers, ideologues and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta are busy whipping up fears in reaction to scheduled reductions in our bloated military budget. Don't be fooled. These cuts will not put our security at risk, though they will cut into profits...
| Jul 12, 2012
Testifying before a Senate committee a few months ago, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lamented that America was "in an information war, and we are losing that war." This week, she blew a fuse at the "Friends of Syria" meeting in Paris, saying that...
| Jan 23, 2012
| 9:00 AM
As an American of Turkic descent, I am outraged Gov. Rick Perry's response to Brett Baier's Turcophobic and twisted question about Turkey ("Turkey rejects Perry comments," Jan. 18). Gov. Perry made a disastrous mistake by saying that Turkey is governed by...
| Jan 21, 2012
| 5:42 PM
A 2006 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Thursday, the Marine Corps has confirmed. The 27-year-old was one of six Marines who died in the accident.
The Pentagon identified him as Marine Corps Capt....
| Jan 26, 2012
As increased globalization forces countries to pretend that they like playing with all the other kids in the playground despite fearing they'll have their toys stolen, never has there been more blatant self-interest cloaked in the phony pretext of...
| Jan 31, 2012
One of the memorable slogans from the Reagan administration was "peace through strength." President Ronald Reagan believed a strong defense was a safeguard against enemy attacks and the best hope of victory should America go to war.