America, it seems, is coming to inhabit the puzzle that was once the lonely outpost of the French Empire. We are now the ageing Grand Nation. We have also been in losing mode since 1968.
Edith Shain was 91 years old when she died peacefully last week in her home in Los Angeles. You knew her as the woman in the iconic black and white ph...
General McChrystal knew that you stop insurgent threats through good intelligence and trust among the community. It only takes one night raid to undermine years of tactical restraint and goodwill-building measures.
The digital age and the internet has further limited what a public figure should and should not say. But that does not change the first commandment of all public dialogue: you are never off the record!
President Barack Obama did the right thing in firing General Stanley McChrystal. Now, he should direct the armed forces to take the measures needed to leave Afghanistan by the end of this year.
According to Lara Logan, embedded journalists in Afghanistan have apparently been systemically engaged in a journalistic cover-up in their reporting on the longest war in U.S. history.
It's truly bizarre how many in Washington are describing the situation in Afghanistan accurately, but then fail to draw the most obvious conclusion based on what they've just said.
Militarizing the presidency obviously undermines the principle of civilian control, which the McChrystal kerfuffle brought to the forefront.
Petraeus's declaration that he wasn't putting much stock in the president's intending to hold the military command accountable for its failure in Afghanistan earned him an instant rebuke. Now, that same Petraeus is in charge.
In light of the recent firing/resigning of General McChrystal, the U.S. should take up the reconsidering of our unadulterated trust in Generals.
Gallup 6/25-26/10; 1,044 adults, 4% margin of error Mode: Automated phone (Gallup release) Update: Obama on Afghanistan National Obama Handling of A...
This year alone, American taxpayers will spend $100 billion on our involvement in Afghanistan -- roughly five times more than Afghanistan's GDP. Yet this is a conflict which still has no clear definition of success.
In his 2005 suicide note, Army colonel and ethicist named Ted Westhusing mentioned "commanders only interested in themselves." One of those commanders was David Petraeus.
Gratitude is a dying virtue in American society. We continue to live free only because of our brave military, yet most Americans offer empty words of support to our troops that are rarely backed by tangible action.
The real question raised by Michael Hastings' Rolling Stone piece is this: where were the beat reporters covering McCrystal's HQ? If the general and his merry men conducted themselves so unprofessionally, why hadn't the press reported it earlier?
Here's a loose-lipped playlist for Stan the Man, a dude with a big ego and a very mixed record who finally accomplished the impossible -- actually stealing some of the cultural spotlight away from Lady GaGa.