Snowden's revelations have dramatically undercut Washington's effort to corner Beijing on the issue. They allow Xi to counter Obama's complaints by saying that the rest of the world, including China, is a potential victim of this massive and formerly secret American cyber-surveillance program.
Men and women who join the military do so out of a profound sense of service to the country. We owe them a debt of gratitude, not a blind eye.
If it's not one thing for President Barack Obama, it's another. Already struggling in trying to get ahead of three controversies threatening to engulf his administration, he now has heightened geopolitical crises to manage.
It is a new world, as Pentagon planners are slowly discovering. Adapting to it begins with the recognition that the principal strategic challenge we face today is economic in character.
Let's hope when the next Memorial Day rolls around, the good news will be that changes have been made. Our military women deserve to be safe from attack by their own ranks. Those who assault their peers and dishonor the country in the bargain deserve to be punished, not protected.
John Kerry and Chuck Hagel have been at the helm of American foreign and security policy for some months now. Much was expected from new faces, new approaches and -- perhaps -- some new thinking. How are they doing?
America's motives for intervening in Syria, as they were in World War II, might be a mix of humanitarian ideals and selfish agendas, but that does not mean that we should shy away from our responsibility to others or to ourselves.
Americans today debate possible new interventions, withdrawals, disputes over what does and does not constitute a "red line," and other applications of power abroad in light of enormous geopolitical changes and challenges. Let the debate consider the long history of cautious realism.
The U.S. Navy has new plans for testing and training exercises with sonar and explosives -- and those plans spell disaster for whales. Now is the time for concerned citizens to come to their defense.
There is no compelling national interest that requires American intervention in Syria's civil war. In fact, such an intervention would be a strategic error.
The president's cabinet should be judged for their ideology, experience, and character, not because of what boxes they check off on their census form.
Perhaps Obama should be more careful about what he calls a "red line." Dictators are not impressed by empty threats. Would there be support for a multi-national effort to secure chemical weapons stores?
For Democrats this is too good to be true. While Republicans continue to try to smear former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over Benghazi, she long ago accepted her share of responsibility, and her popularity continues to tower above all national figures in American public life.
Why would our nation's military leaders be complicit as these patriots' detractors seek to discredit their identities, their families, and their service and sacrifice to our nation?
Washington's foreign policy should be one of peace. Today the U.S. is without peer. Terrorism is the most serious security threat facing the country, but it is only exacerbated by promiscuous intervention in conflicts not America's own.
President Obama said at his news conference Tuesday, "I continue to believe that we've got to close Guantanamo." He then added, "Congress determined that they would not let us close it." Unfortunately, the president's comments are misleading.