Given that the show had seemed near played out when it ended its eight-season run four years ago, the question is why the longest-running espionage TV series in history seems still to have a lot of life left in it 13 years after it first ran.
Bahrain finds itself in an increasingly untenable position. If it misplays its hand, or events in the region outpace the government's ability to manage domestic politics, the Bahraini government could find itself facing a dire crisis in the near future.
Last week, Obama administration lawyers filed a stack of documents in a case about my husband -- including sealed videos of him being taken to be force-fed at Guantanamo Bay. I don't think I could bear to see those videos. It shocks me, though, that the American people may never be given the opportunity to see for themselves what is happening in their name.
Oh, Americans have such short memories -- made only worse by how pathetically poor many choose to be informed.
Rep. Mike Rogers asked, "What does this tell terrorists, that if you capture a U.S. soldier, you can trade that soldier for five terrorists we've gone after?" Sorry to say, but if the goal is to reduce terrorism, then Gitmo's existence -- that unyielding cockroach of American politics -- looms far larger.
Congressional outcry over President Obama's exchange of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders, is not due to any real or perceived violation of trust or of the law. It is due to the atrocious addiction to warmongering that has plagued our government for longer than we would like to admit.
As James Harrington, lawyer for Ramzi bin al Shibh, told the court on Monday: "We now have to represent to our client that we had a spy within our team for a number of months. We don't know what activities that spy did." Will Harrington's client ever trust his defense team again? Should he? And if he can't, can he ever truly receive a fair defense?
Though improved in some respects, the revived commissions are still characterized by a startling level of secrecy. In an effort to conceal details of defendants' torture while in CIA custody, the government has designed the commissions to prevent defense teams from obtaining or publicly discussing information about the torture program.
Let's take the politics out of this action. Let's instead focus on rebuilding our broken VA system and building careers for our transitioning service members and military spouses.
I thought Karl Rove's 2004 Swift Boating of John Kerry's Vietnam service record in the US Navy was pretty disgusting, but the recent smears against President Barack Obama for winning Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release have descended to a new low.
BSN assumes that a) man-made carbon is accelerating warming & b) the Bergdahl swap was a 51-49 decision. Within these boundries, Lowry/Reagan clash over the EPA rule's "war on coal" and the price we paid to bring home the Afghan War's last American POW. In both, Obama acts on "Yes we can" while GOP critics say "Yes but."
The talking points flying around this week have all been on a single subject -- the release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the only American soldier captured in the war in Afghanistan.
The political forces that are trashing the deal to rescue Sgt. Bergdahl are the same political forces that got us into the Iraq war. They are the same political forces who want to keep the Afghanistan war going indefinitely.
What at first seemed very clear-cut almost instantly became clouded in fog. This fog may clear some when the Army makes a formal statement about the circumstances of Bergdahl's capture by the Taliban, but until that point the speculation is running pretty wild.
If the war is ending, then we are about the business of bringing our soldiers home. If we are not about the business of bringing our soldiers home, then the war is not ending.
By releasing the five Guantánamo prisoners without prior congressional approval, President Obama has blown away the excuse that his hands are tied by Congress. Now he must deal with the remaining Guantánamo prisoners by freeing the 77 who have been cleared, and by freeing -- or securing fair trials for -- the rest.