| Nov 7, 2008
Presidential campaigns are generally discouraging for foreign policy intellectuals. Not only do the candidates pander in folksy vernacular to hockey moms and Joe Six Packs, but the clever ones favored by university professors often fare badly on...
| Apr 11, 2008
THIS is the election that made politics a joke.
Or maybe it's the campaign in which politics discovered its sense of humor.
Either way, humor has become not only entertainment but also a major campaign tool in the 2008 presidential election cycle....
| Sep 4, 2008
Sen. John McCain delivered these remarks Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.
SEN. JOHN MCCAIN: Tonight, I have a privilege given few Americans: the privilege of accepting our party's nomination for president of the United States....
| Sep 10, 2008
ONE OF modern warfare's founding fathers, the 19th century Prussian field marshal Helmuth von Moltke, was of the opinion that no military plan, however well and carefully conceived, could survive its first contact with the enemy.
The same might be said...
| Aug 26, 2008
There is a gathering storm on Iraq's horizon. Over the last several weeks, its central government has embarked on what appears to be an effort to arrest, drive away or otherwise intimidate tens of thousands of Sunni security volunteers -- the so-called...
| Feb 1, 2009
In his presidential campaign, Barack Obama sometimes made foreign policy sound like a simple matter of changing the tone, turning the page -- and moving 10,000 troops from Iraq to Afghanistan.
"Rather than fight a war that does not need to be fought,...
| Feb 10, 2009
"In 2005 the United States came close to losing the war in Iraq."
So writes Thomas E. Ricks, the Washington Post's senior military correspondent, in his gripping and brilliantly reported new book, "The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American...
| Mar 8, 2009
|| Fiction || weeks on list ||
|| 1. || Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney (Amulet: $12.95) Greg's dad enlists him in organized sports in order to toughen him up. || 6 ||
|| 2. || Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (Little,...
| Nov 25, 2009
The peaks of the Hindu Kush mountains create a stunning backdrop for the U.S. military's Kabul headquarters, but Maj. Gen. Michael T. Flynn rarely notices. Sheltering Taliban fighters and American combat outposts, the mountains symbolize the old way of...
| Sep 25, 2009
Today's topic: Is there any parallel between the Vietnam War and the situation in Afghanistan, as some experts are suggesting?
Don't get too obsessed with Vietnam
Point: Brian Katulis
It is important to learn from our history and draw the right...