The repetition of Washington's call to arms manifests as a form of black comedy: it is funny until you realize its horror.
Playing out before us is the Wagner situation redux. In anticipation of the Metropolitan Opera's new production of The Death of Klinghoffer.
These are two current challenges facing the nation and at first glance seem totally unrelated. But in fact they are two aspects of the core challenge for the 21st century: promoting U.S. prosperity.
When governments, businesses and communities invest in women -- and when they work to eliminate inequalities -- we're all less likely to be plagued by poverty.
It's true: we don't have a rough-rider President à la Theodore Roosevelt. It's also true that we do have a President who does special operations (Osama bin Laden), unlike his hapless predecessor, Jimmy Carter (Desert One).
Women for Afghan Women is fighting an uphill battle. Last year, violence against Afghan women increased 28%. But WAW's work is critical, and betters not only the safety and health of women in both the States and Afghanistan, but assists them - one at a time - often in seemingly small but very important ways.
Bowe Bergdahl is a subject of considerable controversy. An American soldier who wandered off from his base in Afghanistan and got captured by the Taliban, after five years American officials secured his release by trading him for five Taliban captives being held in Guantanamo.
The havoc wreaked by drug gangs in Central America could be mitigated to a great degree by legalizing marijuana as well, which would alleviate the current border crisis of desperate children seeking refuge in the U.S.
As a country, for our veterans, our service members, and their families, we have an obligation to do something about this. A family's love is often the best medicine, and in difficult times, I believe that our military families deserve the option of staying together.
Even though I sat at their same table, I just couldn't give up on them. Those kids needed someone, and I refused to allow myself to be discouraged. I refused to allow my advocacy to waiver. I refused to stop and lick my wounds. I tried my damnedest to give a voice to those voiceless children. I kept fighting, kept moving, and was never out of the fight -- just as the Army trained me.
When Afghanistan's Independent Election Committee announced on Monday the preliminary results of the presidential election runoff, we Afghan people saw our worst fear materialize before our eyes.
President Obama is my President, he is the leader of my party, and I voted for him twice. But on the issue of Afghanistan, President Obama is wrong. Dead wrong.
Ever since the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) began their recent offensive in Iraq, anxieties about the potential of something similar taking place in Afghanistan have abounded. Yet many have missed a crucial piece of the puzzle.
I am the mother of two beautiful young women, and what I want more than anything else is to help them, to the best of my ability, put their best foot forward in life.
In the midst of elections chaos, as allegations of fraud, ensuing demonstrations, and occasional disturbing silences rock through Kabul, these under-18s seem to have better things to do.
Oh, Americans have such short memories -- made only worse by how pathetically poor many choose to be informed.