| Aug 28, 2013
| 2:23 PM
President Obama’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington underscored both the great advantages of the presidency and its daunting limitations.
A forum in which a president has to compete with the famously loquacious...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 6:33 PM
Elmore Leonard populated his novels with con men, hustlers and killers, with names like Chili, Stick and Ordell. He plunged readers into a sea of urban sleaze, spiking his tales with mordant humor and moral ambivalence.
In stories often set in Detroit...
| Aug 29, 2013
Re "Syria attack called 'moral obscenity,'" Aug. 27
When Secretary of State John F. Kerry described the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria as a "moral obscenity," did he think of George W. Bush's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Or maybe Vietnam? How...
| Aug 31, 2013
| 7:12 AM
WASHINGTON -- The head of the United Nations wants him to give peace a chance. His closest foreign ally backed away. Many in Congress, even in his own party, are wary.
Still, the president who was first elected to the White House by decrying wars of...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 11:32 AM
It isn't just the U.S. government that's hinting at military action against Bashar Assad's government for its alleged use of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians.
On Wednesday, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the use of such...
| Aug 25, 2013
In the 1957 Isaac Asimov short story "Silly Asses," Earthlings are added to a galactic book of planetary races that have reached maturity — defined as those that have developed nuclear capability. But then the keeper of the book learns that atomic...
| Jun 9, 2013
The appointment of Susan Rice as national security advisor sends an important signal about the kind of foreign policy President Obama wants to pursue for the remainder of his second term: activist, assertive, occasionally even pugnacious. With three years...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 9:32 AM
WASHINGTON -- The lineup of presidents gathering on the mall Wednesday to honor the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement won’t include anyone named Bush.
Neither George H.W. Bush nor George W. Bush will attend the...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 1:32 PM
It’s a popular meme on the left, well summed up in this quotation from the website Down With Tyranny: “Chief Justice John Roberts does everything he can to see that the FISA court remains a trusty tool of the national security state.”...
| Aug 18, 2013
Re "Nation-building at gunpoint," Opinion, Aug. 13
Army Col. Gian Gentile makes more sense than our national leaders, past and present, who believed that we could remake nations in our image.
After a Democratic administration failed in its nation-...
| Jul 19, 2013
On Friday, a federal judge in Washington will hear a challenge to the Obama administration's approach to targeted killings. I find myself frustrated by how little progress we've made.
In 2004, I represented Guantanamo Bay detainees in the Supreme...