In October, a runaway U.S. Army surveillance blimp caused havoc across parts of Maryland and Pennsylvania. Its broken tether brought down power lines, causing a black-out in some areas, and triggered more than $300,000 in damage claims. Begun in 1998, the JLENS blimp system is designed to detect cruise missiles and enemy aircraft, and has cost taxpayers over $2.7 billion. Though a 2012 Pentagon assessment said JLENS had "low system reliability," it is still being funded. A runaway blimp —
If, as seems likely, President Barack Obama retains enough support to complete the nuclear deal with Iran, it will be largely because enough members of the House and Senate are persuaded by his argument that the only other real option is war. This was the rhetorical gauntlet the president threw down at his press conference last week. Equally significant, Mr. Obama omitted the until-now obligatory warning that "all options, including the military one, remain on the table."
It has been an Iranian tradition since 1979 to end Friday prayers with chants of "Death to America!" In a purely rational world, that would be all one needed to know that Iran is not a reliable negotiating partner. Alas, we do not live in such a world. But there's more evidence.
Jim McCullough of Beltsville just spent seven weeks restoring a desk once used by Thurgood Marshall, the Baltimore native who grew up to become the first African-American Supreme Court justice and a giant in the civil rights movement.
Nearly 400 of Harford County leaders from the worlds of business, government, education and the nonprofit sector put their heads together at Harford Community College on Friday to brainstorm about the county's future.
Rather than signal an improvement in ties between two uneasy allies in the war against Islamic extremists, the resumption of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan could make an already tense relationship worse