Donald Trump's accusation that President Obama and Hillary Clinton are "founders of ISIS" is not only a good example of his reckless fear-mongering but also his complete lack of understanding about true threats to national security.
Let's begin with an assertion: Vladimir Putin does not have the United States' best interests at heart. It's fair to say that Putin believes what's bad for the U.S. is good for Russia. His actions in Ukraine, with Syrian despot Assad, and toward NATO all provide ample evidence that he is not our nation's friend. Putin is all for the breakup of the European Union; he sees weakening of economic, political and social stability of European democracies as a very good thing for Russia.
President Putin's decision to deploy aircraft in Syria and bomb opponents of President Assad may be "a recipe for disaster" as President Obama asserts, but it neatly exploits U.S. and western European vulnerabilities in the region. And it gives Russia leverage to undermine NATO and destabilize the oil-rich Middle East.
Members of a Maryland Army National Guard unit returning from Afghanistan got their official welcome home Saturday at the Baltimore War Memorial as part of the Army National Guard's Freedom Salute campaign, with remarks of thanks, including a few words from former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.
The U.S. needs Russia. This may sound peculiar coming from a person who spent 25 years at the NSA, almost half of those fighting communism. But our approach to Russia since the end of the Cold War has been unimaginative and aggressive. Politicians in Washington put on their Cold-War glasses any time Russia makes noise. It's time to archive those in the Smithsonian.
A push by congressional Republicans Friday to increase pressure on the Obama White House over the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi has put Baltimore Rep. Elijah E. Cummings back on the job as one of the administration's leading defenders.
The conventional view in Washington is that Mr. Putin is a belligerent authoritarian intent upon expanding Russia's borders and confronting the West. What the White House refuses to acknowledge, however, is that the Russian leader is simply acting in what he believes to be his country's best interest.
At the end of January, a team of chemists and engineers left Aberdeen Proving Ground for the Mediterranean Sea to lead the historic destruction of Syria's chemical weapons. More than two months later, they're still waiting for the mission to start.
Georges R. Garinther, a retired Army civilian engineer who studied ordnance noise and once examined the acoustics of the John F. Kennedy assassination, died of complications from heart disease and Alzheimer's disease March 9 at his daughter's Havre de Grace home. He was 79.