| Sep 6, 2013
| 8:15 AM
Why does our government not learn from the mistakes of the past? After the Russian invasion of Afghanistan we armed the opposition, and as a result the Taliban used those weapons to establish one of the most repressive regimes in post-World War II...
| Sep 8, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Observers and pundits of all stripes have not missed the unease with which President Barack Obama approaches his commander in chief duties. Indeed, Chicago-style "community activist" and "Commander of the United States Marine Corps" don't normally...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 9:45 AM
The conflict in Syria is a horrific human tragedy: 100,000 dead, 2 million refugees and now, chemical warfare. I can sympathize with the impulse to "do something" about it ("Where is the outrage?" Sept. 4).
However, this intervention, no matter how...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 10:30 AM
So I'm confused — who is it we're supporting in Syria? ("The decisive moment," Sept. 9). It seems that we are against Bashar Assad, who is really a puppet for the ayatollahs in Iran. But are we for the "rebels," who are really puppets or al-Qaida?...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 11:15 AM
The Obama administration has decided to strike at the Assad regime in Syria because of its alleged use of chemical weapons in a civil war that has already killed about 100,000 people and sent millions of refugees into Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq ("...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 5:15 AM
President Barack Obama is making the hard sell for intervention in Syria ("Obama faces 2-front threat," Sept. 9).
He alludes vaguely to numerous bad things that will happen if the U.S. does not intervene. He ignores the bad effects likely to ensue...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 3:08 AM
The Old Mountain Road overpass across I-95 in the Joppa area was dappled with red, white and blue Wednesday as people gathered and waved American flags at motorists in an observance of the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Car and truck drivers...
| Sep 15, 2013
| 5:01 AM
Many of us fear improbable and uncommon dangers more than everyday ones. This suggests we've got our anxieties backward.
Think of flying versus driving. White-knuckle fliers, haunted by images of fiery plane crashes despite air travel's safety record,...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 10:53 AM
It took chemical weapons to make the deaths of Syrian civilians matter to the rest of the world. Prior to the sarin gas attack near Damascus in August, more than 100,000 had died in the civil war, including many innocent civilians. After the chemical...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 1:27 PM
After four and half years of dealing with Afghan President Harmid Karzai's temper tantrums, depressions and crazy mood swings, it's no wonder President Barack Obama has grown weary of playing baby sitter to this spoiled child of an ally. Perhaps that's...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 12:43 PM
In a 1993 classic movie, Bill Murray plays a weatherman who is given the assignment to view the annual awaking of the ground hog Punxsutawney Phil and finds himself living the same day over and over again. Today we are experiencing much the same thing...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 2:02 PM
No sooner had the U.S. announced that it would reopen long-stalled peace negotiations with the Taliban this week than Afghan President Hamid Karzai rushed to throw cold water on the idea. Mind you, the mercurial Mr. Karzai had been on board with the...