As we reflect on this moment, it is worth remembering our moral power is even more relevant in this century than the last -- our foreign policy and national security structures must finally reflect this.
I have reservations about the basic counter-terrorist strategy in Afghanistan and beyond, inherited from a disreputable Republican administration. Unfortunately, I haven't heard of a better alternative.
John Kerry should re-read his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 22, 1971, eloquently urging a withdrawal of United States forces from Vietnam, as he contemplates his duty towards Afghanistan.
After the announcement that Tom Donilon would succeed General Jim Jones as President Obama's National Security Adviser, Donilon went from being the busiest man in the White House to the even-busier busiest man. This is good, and bad, news.
During this summer of fouled marshlands, the issue of Iran has receded quietly into the shadows. Obama might soon find himself longing for the days when his biggest problem was plugging a "damn hole" on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.
The resignation of Admiral Dennis Blair as the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) was a surprise to no one in the intelligence business. In fact, many wonder how and why Blair lasted as long as he did.