| 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...
| May 4, 2013
| 8:28 AM
President Obama sounded genuinely outraged last week when he talked about the Kafkaesque situation at the Guantanamo prison camp, where the United States has been holding 166 men without trial for terms that are, at this point, officially endless.
| Aug 7, 2013
| 1:42 PM
They're back! The isolationist poltergeists that forever haunt the Republican Party. Or so we're told.
In July, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., had a set-to over American foreign policy. Christie clumsily denounced "this strain...
| Aug 6, 2013
If the new, decentralized al-Qaida is such a threat that 19 American embassies, consulates and other diplomatic posts have to be shuttered for a week, we have a decade of wrongheaded U.S. policy to blame.
The Arab Spring contributed by creating power...
| Aug 4, 2013
WikiLeaks leaker Bradley Manning has been found guilty of exposing possible crimes by other people that sound a lot more serious than the ones for which he was convicted. No wonder Edward Snowden doesn't want to come home.
A court-martial at Fort Meade,...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 2:51 PM
Barack Obama was far preferable to John McCain and Mitt Romney, but there are times when I wish he hadn't been elected. The Edward Snowden case is one of those. If Obama were still in the U.S. Senate and Cain were in the White House, I'm guessing Obama...