Christian Rojas wants to get his paralegal certificate. Then, he figures, he'll go into business for himself, helping people write their wills and file motions in court. He dreams of earning a law degree, eventually, and practicing law. First, though, he has to get out of prison.
The recently announced U.S. troop cuts are an important step toward right sizing today's forces to meet the current U.S. Defense strategy, which calls for defeating major adversaries by denying their objectives or imposing unacceptable costs, thereby deterring others from following the same path. It also calls for the ability to conduct smaller-scale, albeit highly important, missions such as humanitarian relief and counter terrorism.
Alex Pownall is one of several sons and daughters who have enlisted in the Maryland guard in recent months to serve alongside their parents — an unprecedented influx of offspring that has brought the number of parents with children in the guard to two dozen.
The U.S. Air Force values master's degrees over professional experience when it comes to promotions, a ridiculous practice that hinders the organization from properly identifying its best and brightest to lead it.
After five years of partisan obstruction on Capitol Hill, Mr. Obama says he will still set out to change Washington all right, but not as he originally thought he could. Instead, he's told congressional Republicans that while he's still willing to work with them, he's going to end-run them if they continue to buck his own legislative agenda.
Instead of moving civilians out of harm's way prior to a battle, the Taliban prefer they remain close to the fighting. In many cases, U.S. and coalition forces may not realize civilians are even present until it is too late.
To the right, 9/11 is a symbol for what we're trying to prevent through our involvement in the Middle East. Every militant group remotely affiliated with al Qaida in Iraq and Afghanistan — regardless of whether their goals include attacks on U.S. soil — has been thrown into a Qaida quesadilla and is immediately considered an enemy.
In the early days of the new year, it might be good to take a moment to recognize that however disappointing Obama's policies may be, it could have been a lot worse if any of Obama's key opponents — Republican or Democrat — were sitting in the White House today.
At the corner of Columbia's Little Patuxent Parkway and Brooken Land Parkway, there gathers a group of more than 50 people, carrying signs protesting the Obama administration's threat to bomb Syria with missiles in retaliation for its government's alleged gassing of its own people, killing more than 1,400 of them. Drivers of cars, trucks and buses honked their horns in support of the demonstration.
Several dozen protesters rallied in Rockville and Ellicott City on Wednesday to deliver the message that even in Democratic Maryland — where six in 10 voted to re-elect President Obama last year — there are deep misgivings about U.S. involvement in another Middle East war.