| Jun 5, 2013
| 9:38 AM
BRUSSELS — Germany and Italy have committed to join the United States in helping to train Afghan troops after combat operations cease at the end of next year, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday.
Absent from the announcement was...
| May 27, 2013
| 3:49 PM
President Obama hailed the nation's fallen service members in a Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, in which he noted that the war in Afghanistan was winding down but not over.
"Fewer Americans are making the ultimate...
| May 17, 2013
| 9:23 AM
Paula Coughlin was grocery shopping in Jacksonville, Fla., when I caught up with her on the phone this week. If anyone has an interesting perspective on the U.S. military’s absurd inability to deal with sexual assault, it’s Coughlin. She is...
| May 7, 2013
| 5:42 PM
Maybe, in the end, we will thank Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinksi, head of the Air Force’s Sexual Assault Prevention Unit, who was arrested on suspicion of sexual battery early Sunday after a woman reported he drunkenly approached her in a parking lot and...
| May 1, 2013
| 5:00 AM
The hawks are squawking. Congressional conservatives and the right-wing media are blasting President Obama for going soft on the Syrians.
The president insists that there is a "game-changing" red line the Syrian government will have crossed if it is...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 8:12 AM
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) is renewing his efforts to have the Medal of Honor awarded to a Marine from San Diego killed in combat in Iraq. In 2008, then-Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates ruled the actions of Sgt. Rafael Peralta......
| Jan 8, 2013
It's official. President Obama has named former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) as his nominee for secretary of Defense. Hence, we may be in store for the worst Defense secretary nomination fight since George H.W. Bush's failed appointment of Sen. John Tower...
| Jan 13, 2013
Here's a prediction I don't think I'll have to apologize for at the end of the year: Some time in the coming months, probably this spring, there will be another crisis over Iran's nuclear program.
It's become an annual event on the diplomatic calendar:...
| Feb 3, 2013
Amid partisan questioning from both sides in former Sen. Chuck Hagel's confirmation hearing last week, a major opportunity was lost.
Hagel's fellow Republicans grilled the Defense secretary nominee on past statements about Israel and his opposition to...
| Nov 14, 2012
"Second terms are hard work," a veteran of the Bill Clinton White House told me Tuesday. "It's a good idea to get some fresh blood in there."
But so far, President Obama seems more inclined to simply shuffle the chairs as he reshapes his Cabinet for...
| Jan 9, 2013
| 5:00 AM
In the trench warfare that characterizes politics in the nation's capital these days, Chuck Hagel is like a soldier stuck in no-man's land, getting shot at from both sides.
President Obama's choice of Hagel as his nominee to become secretary of...