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  • Obama the centrist?

    Obama the centrist?
    Today's topic: Congressional Democrats have insisted on passing the $819-billion stimulus package despite Republicans' objections, even though Obama has called for bipartisanship on this issue. Can Obama really govern from the center if fulfilling one...
  • Free speech for officers?

    Today, Korb and Carter discuss instances in which military officers have publicly disagreed with the president's policies. Previously, they discussed the proper military oversight role for Congress. Later in the week, they'll discuss the Air Force...
  • Obama's well-stocked Cabinet

    Obama's well-stocked Cabinet
    Now that Barack Obama has filled all of the seats at (and near) his Cabinet table, one thing is clear: The candidate who campaigned on a platform of change attaches equal importance to competence. Seldom has a presidential Cabinet included so many...
  • The military privacy debate

    The military privacy debate
    Eight years into the war on terror, military wives are aces at anticipatory grief. The possibility of loss was introduced so early in my marriage, it may as well have been an attendant at the wedding. Immediately after our brief predeployment ceremony...
  • Robert Gates glass house

    Robert Gates, the U.S. Defense secretary, has been busy massaging wounded alliance sensibilities after telling The Times last week that NATO forces weren't up to the task of counterinsurgency. He and other officials complained that allied troops in...
  • Letters to the editor

    Obama overseas Re "Obama defends greeting Chavez," April 20 I found the warmth obvious in President Obama's handshake and embrace of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to be offensive. Chavez is a petty tyrant who defies democratic norms and has called...
  • Victor H. Krulak dies at 95; retired Marine lieutenant general

    Victor H. Krulak dies at 95; retired Marine lieutenant general
    Retired Marine Lt. Gen. Victor H. "Brute" Krulak, celebrated for his leadership in World War II, Korea and Vietnam and for his authoritative book on the Marines, "First to Fight," died Monday at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He was 95 and had been...
  • Blunder after blunder

    IT'S TOO EARLY TO SAY whether any laws were broken in the Bush administration's dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys, a purge that was justified as an exercise of presidential power though both President Bush and his attorney general profess to be ignorant...
  • Obama's defense cuts are just right

    Obama's defense cuts are just right
    Wasteful Pentagon spending is something that most members of Congress would like to eliminate -- as long as the cuts are made in somebody else's state. The problem the Obama administration faces as it seeks support for its defense budget is that pretty...
  • Obama bestows Medal of Honor on Jared Monti, a sergeant who tried to save a wounded comrade

     
    As he weighs the next step in the war in Afghanistan, President Obama today bestowed the nation???s highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, to a Massachusetts man who gave his life trying to save a fellow soldier. ???What can......
  • Camp Pendleton general slated for promotion and new command

     
    Marine Maj. Gen. John Kelly, who spent a year as the top Marine in Iraq, has been nominated by President Obama for promotion to lieutenant general and given command of Marine reserve forces. Kelly is currently at Camp Pendleton as......