| Mar 24, 2008
Four U.S. soldiers were killed when a bomb hit their vehicle in south Baghdad late Sunday, bringing the number of U.S. service members killed in the Iraq war to 4,000.
The grim milestone came at a time when attacks against the U.S. military are ebbing...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Oct 28, 2008
Just a little more than a week before the presidential election, the United States on Sunday began a dramatic escalation of the conflicts in the Middle East, launching what is believed to be the first attack on Syrian soil by U.S. troops. Although both...
| 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....
| Jul 5, 2008
It's Staff Sgt. Edgar Covarrubias' second Fourth of July in Iraq. No family barbecue, no fireworks, but Covarrubias says he'll call his mom, wife and kids to share the day anyway.
Across Iraq, America's Independence Day was a normal work day for most U....
| Dec 19, 2007
As an election approaches, campaigns often brace for a last-minute event that could alter the political landscape. But the surprise this time isn't a scandal or a calamity overseas. It's an abrupt shift in the debate away from the battlefields of the...