It appears that Fethullah Gülen, a U.S.-based Islamic preacher from Turkey who promotes peace and tolerance, and the schools associated with his religious Hizmet movement can't get a break.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai's recent volte-face on the U.S. security pact seems like yet another manifestation of a chemical imbalance. However, men...
Recently one of Afghanistan's warlords did something that no warlord has ever done before; he apologized. The warlord, Abdul Rashid Dostum, an ethnic Uzbek Mongol who fought a long and bitter war against the Taliban-Al Qaeda alliance in the 1990s and against the mujahideen anti-Soviet rebels in the 1980s, shocked many Afghans.
Karzai's insistence that all U.S. raids on Afghan homes by such residual forces be stopped shows that Obama has simply redefined the word 'combat.' Counterterrorism missions do involve extreme danger and shooting people.
We're really good at demanding rights, but we don't seem very interested in taking responsibility for them. Too often self-interest trumps the obligation we share to care for each other and our democracy.
Many publications have advice columnists, but none has our old friend Colonel Manners (ret.), whose experience in military and surveillance matters is evident from his impressive CV (unfortunately, a classified document).
Would I want to put my life at risk again? And would I want others to be in harm's way, knowing that Nixon and his predecessors had lied to us about our role and mission?
The fact that the U.S. red line has evolved from "no enrichment of uranium" to "no nuclear bomb" has been the chief facilitator of this accord. Although this is carefully and correctly called merely a first step, it is a historic win-win for all parties.
I give thanks for the technology, the great connection that gave me the chance to hear his voice, and so clearly. I give thanks to the Afghani soldier who accompanied my son, who did not turn on him, but instead prepared him something to eat.
So, the House of Saud wants to sever relations with the United State because the Obama administration had the audacity to refrain from bombing both Sy...
Watching the Asia-Pacific slide into chaos, or become a vast Chinese lake, while remaining fatefully fixated on highly questionable Middle Eastern agendas could be disastrous. It would certainly be foolhardy.
President Barack Obama may be a rare exception for a politician because he has actually kept most of his campaign promises. And he has done so in spite of the most partisan and dishonest opposition tactics an American president has ever faced.
The Budget Control Act, for all its flaws, has managed to deliver something once thought impossible: actual spending cuts. Our military remains second to none, despite those cuts, and might be stronger in the future because of them.
Complexities start multiplying for the United States ahead of withdrawal from Afghanistan, as on one side the situation is far from favorable for Washington in Kabul while on the other relatively safe NATO supply routes from Pakistan may face a closure.
With the last wrinkles ironed out, the legal basis is in place for American forces to stay at least through 2024 and perhaps indefinitely. That means retention of several army bases, airfields, communication hubs, and an outsized embassy cum pro-consular headquarters.