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More U.S. military personnel have been sent to Iraq and Syria. Trainers, Special Forces, and airstrikes haven't been enough. The administration continues its slow progression to renewed ground combat. President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize grows more tarnished by the day.
Seeing very large historical events being reduced to smallish news stories, some no bigger than a small-town doctor obituary, is always a humbling experience. The great and grand problem or problems that consumed your era that everyone worried about may very well end up only being a very small story in the annals of history.
The efforts that the military are expending when it comes to reducing the rate of suicide among active duty troops should be commended. That doesn't mean that the fight is over, however, and I think the numbers back that statement up pretty well.
Given the conflicting interests and lack of military experience on the part of the coalition's members, there is ample reason to conclude that this alliance lacks substance.
Double standards in any relation, particularly in the war on terror would not be in the interest of anyone. Muslims and non-Muslims should end the blame game and they should leave their differences aside and unite against this common enemy.
Prime Minister Narendra's Modi surprise visit to Lahore has revived once again the oft-desired hope that India and Pakistan will live as friends not adversaries. For that to happen, however, Pakistan's security establishment will need to stop seeing India as the existential threat.
The deaths earlier this week of six brave U.S. soldiers has shown a spotlight on the worrisome situation in Afghanistan -- but we still have cards to play. By taking an international, interagency and private-public approach to the significant challenges, we have our best chance at creating an imperfect but reasonably successful outcome.
This will be 15th consecutive Christmas thousands of our troops spend in harm's way, on the cruel battlefields of the Middle East, instead of at ho...
The very same litany of questions our kids never stop asking and that we struggle to answer, or wonder whether to answer at all, is always running like some strange song through our own adult heads as well, largely unanswered.
Here in Kabul, over breakfast with Afghan Peace Volunteers (APVs), we easily recalled key elements of the conflict resolution and peer mediation "train the trainers" workshops that Ellis Brooks, with Voices for Creative Nonviolence-UK, had facilitated a week ago.
Retired Army Sergeant Sterling Levi Eaves received from the Department of Veterans Affairs an assessment of which of the injuries he sustained after being blown up by an IED in Afghanistan they would accept as service-related injuries. Why can't we foot this bill?
December marks two anniversaries in Pakistan's history, one through which more than half of Pakistan's population seceded to form a separate country, and the other marking the most heinous attack on schoolchildren ever in that country.
The recent launch of the J. Luce Foundation's Hellenic Fund to support children in Greece -- whether economically distressed, orphaned, or refugee -- was an enormous success. Held at an elegant Upper East Side Greek restaurant, the event gathered over sixty people of goodwill who care about children, any children, who suffer in Greece.
The ACLU calls H.R.158, passed last Tuesday by overwhelming support (419 yes), as a measure calling for "blanket arbitrary discrimination based on nationality and national origin."
While so many in the United States were being driven to distraction by the biggest deals of a lifetime on Black Friday, I was in Cuba, taking a pair of scissors to my head as I looked down a mountainside at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantánamo Bay.