| Apr 14, 2013
The White House finally made it official last week: Yes, the civil war in Syria is a slippery slope, and yes, we're on it.
Nobody in the Obama administration actually used those words, of course. But if you paid attention to what officials said, it...
| Apr 16, 2013
| 5:35 PM
After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the most frequently heard forecast was: “This changes everything.”
Americans would live in constant fear of the next attack, many pundits predicted. The desire for safety would spawn a security...
| Jun 5, 2013
Who exactly is the enemy in the continuing U.S. war against terrorism?
In some cases, the answer is: It's a secret.
When the United States began its war against Al Qaeda after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the identity of the enemy was clear: Osama...
| Jun 4, 2013
If there was a moment when the United States could have intervened in Syria, it looks like that moment has passed.
Shiite militants, including Hezbollah — partly at the behest of their paymasters in Iran — are racing to the defense of Bashar...
| May 18, 2013
| 6:52 AM
What is it about presidents' second terms that makes them seem so scandal-ridden? Simple: The iron law of longevity. All governments make mistakes, and all governments try to hide those mistakes. But the longer an administration is in office, the more...
| Aug 7, 2013
Last year, in the heat of his campaign, President Obama boasted that he had put Al Qaeda "on the path to defeat." This year, with 19 U.S. consulates and embassies closed and the State Department issuing vague warnings against travel anywhere in the world,...
| Mar 12, 2013
I hope I'm not too late to the fight.
FOR THE RECORD:
Filibuster: In a March 12 column about Rand Paul, Sen. Lindsey Graham was identified as (R-Ky.). He is from South Carolina.
Last week, freshman Sen....
| May 26, 2013
President Obama's speech last week on the future course of America's 11-year-old war against Al Qaeda was long overdue.
Never before has he offered the public such a detailed explanation of his anti-terrorism strategy. In part, that's surely because...
| Aug 28, 2013
President Obama appears increasingly ready to launch a military strike in response to Syrian President Bashar Assad's apparent use of chemical weapons against civilians.
But the goal won't be to topple the Assad government, even though Obama has...
| Dec 15, 2013
Here's how feeble U.S. influence on the outcome of Syria's dreadful civil war has become: For the Obama administration's diplomacy to succeed, it now needs help from an armed group with the unpromising name of the Islamic Front.
That wasn't where the...
| May 7, 2012
| 4:39 PM
The FBI is analyzing a sophisticated underwear bomb that U.S. officials believe was built by Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen in an effort to target Western aviation....