The great thing about Afghanistan is that as soon as you start to forget why we should leave, something happens to remind you. Just how many reminders do we need? How much longer will we allow a tragedy that can no longer command front page coverage continue to torture American families?
Given its overwhelming conventional military superiority, increasing missile defense capabilities, and guarantees to key allies, the United States does not require these missiles to deter Iran or North Korea.
What do Rouhani's past actions suggest about his morals and personality? It suggests that Rouhani's first priority has been to use any tool possible -- even if it means deceiving the Iranian people -- in order to achieve his political ambitions.
Afghanistan has come a long way in improving women and girls' welfare since the fall of the Taliban in 2002. But major work is needed to improve gender equality and safeguard past gains from backsliding.
Captain Ahab's obsessive hunt for Moby Dick was driven by the thirst for revenge. America's "war-on-terror" has become our national mission for restoration. The psychic wound is what grieves us; it inflames our collective passion for vengeance.
The Tunisian political landscape cannot be analyzed and understood in its full complexity without putting it against the regional and global context of "the Arab revolutions," these social and political turmoil that made it possible to decapitate two of the most despotic and corrupt regimes in the Arab region.
As Russia moves in a very dark direction, a line must be drawn in the sand. American companies and politicians who court LGBT people are going to have stand against this brutal regime in no uncertain terms. And it must be expressed in actions, not just words.
President Zuma's domestic record have left him open to criticism. Countries such as Angola and Nigeria are finding it hard to refer to South Africa as a regional leader when its own house is in such a state of disrepair.
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia has been an afterthought for most Americans. Now in Syria, we see a more assertive and forceful Russia, undermining American and European policies. Why?
The US reaction to the Egypt coup shows that its policy hinges on two ideas: democracy and stability, which constitutes the dilemma. As a result this perpetually causes it problems in the region.
In our time, the U.S. military has been sent into numerous wars, failed to win a single one, and created plenty of blowback. But hey, who has to win a specific war when it's "wartime" all the time?
Many civilians, most of them women and children, were killed or maimed. No one knows how many, because tradition dictates tabulating the losses suffered by invading troops and prohibits counting victims among the invaded population.
My 7-year-old daughter recently inquired, while leaving (I admit it) a McDonalds, how much money people made who work at that "restaurant" (I add the ...
The U.S. government doesn't always value diplomacy -- especially in peacetime -- as much as defense and intelligence, and it doesn't invest suffic...
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is now established in his new position. He is facing some critical personnel issues. He cannot ignore these systemic issues, but neither can he ignore his responsibility to manage the postwar drawdown of military forces.
The assumption that "others" wish to be like "us," and, by extension, the desire to mold them in our image, by force, if necessary, is the essence of the brand of missionary nationalism that has shaped U.S. foreign policy for generations.