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White House: Bin Laden Was Unarmed During Navy SEAL Raid

AP | By MATT APUZZO and ADAM GOLDMAN | Posted 07.03.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- Osama bin Laden was unarmed when Navy SEALs burst into his room and shot him to death, the White House said Tuesday, a change in the off...

Inside The Raid That Killed Osama Bin Laden

AP | MATT APUZZO | Posted 07.01.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Helicopters descended out of darkness on the most important counterterrorism mission in U.S. history. It was an operation so secret...

Obama's Biggest Problems Still Lie Abroad

William Bradley | Posted 06.29.2011 | World
William Bradley

President Barack Obama has no shortage of nasty critics at home, including the present gong show known as the Republican presidential field. But despi...

Is The FBI Up To The Job 10 Years After 9/11?

TIME | BARTON GELLMAN | Posted 06.28.2011 | Politics

FBI Director Bob Mueller glanced at the black chronograph he wears Marine-style, the face inside his wrist. It was 7:38 a.m. Not quite time. He review...

The Last Fighting Season

Global Post | Charles M. Sennott | Posted 06.27.2011 | World

KABUL -- The snows of the Hindu Kush have melted and the poppy harvest is winding down. That means Afghanistan's "fighting season" is about to begi...

AP: Obama Settles On New Leaders For CIA, Defense Department

AP | By ANNE GEARAN and KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 06.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Administration sources say President Barack Obama plans this week to name CIA Director Leon Panetta to replace Defense Secretary Robert ...

Sources Reveal Obama's Top Choice For Key Afghanistan Post

AP | Posted 06.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is likely to name seasoned diplomat Ryan Crocker as the next U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, several sources told...

The 21st Century's 1989?

Christopher Holshek | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Holshek

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.

Is the Obama Administration Still Way Behind the Curve on Egypt?

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

America cannot continue to even influence critical events, for good or ill, if it's going to be so embarrassingly wrong in its assessments of them.

CIA To Investigate Wikileaks Documents

Washington Examiner | Sara A. Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CIA Director Leon Panetta said the agency's Office of Security will "fully investigate" the WikiLeaks documents released on a public web site. "In som...

He'll Be Back

Terry Tamminen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Terry Tamminen

Arnold Schwarzenegger's legacy as arguably the greenest chief executive in our country's history will rival Mr. Universe titles and box office championships.

CIA Forms New Division, Stop Terrorists From Uniting (STFU)

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

On the heels of forming its new WikiLeaks Task Force (WTF), the CIA said it was establishing a new division called Stop Terrorists From Uniting (STFU).

CIA Director Panetta Declares War

Richard H. Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard H. Smith

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's Afghan Dereliction of Duty

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

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.

Tom Donilon: The Last Best Hope to Help Obama Make Vital Strategic Leaps

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

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.

Obama: 'We Need To Make Clear To People That The Cancer Is In Pakistan'

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President Obama dispatched his national security adviser, retired Marine Gen. James L. Jones, and CIA Director Leon Panetta to Pakistan for a series o...

I Respect Tom Brokaw and Al Huang, but I Can't Afford to Eat With Them

Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D.

October in California is fundraising time and if you are on any Republican Party's mailing list you'll be receiving pleas for contributions from two p...

Repackaging Assassination

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
John Feffer

To: Leon Panetta, Langley HQ From: Operative 650, Sana'a office Re: Memo XE1850 Leon: Greetings from Yemen. It's been a year since I corresponded di...

Only Obama Can Manage the Iran Situation

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Coleen Rowley

There may be an impending foreign policy catastrophe with Iran, on which President Obama is not getting good advice from his closed circle of advisers.

Obama's Next Gulf Crisis

Daniel Silva | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Silva

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.

Up All Night With Obama's National Security Team

The Washington Post | Laura Blumenfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With two wars, multiple crises abroad and growing terrorism activity at home, these national security officials do not sleep in peace. For them, the n...

"Less Than Fifty" Al-Qaeda Left in Afghanistan: Wishing for the Simple Certainty of George W. Bush

Richard Greener | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Greener

Is there a rational person who can argue the necessity to have a military advantage on the ground of 100,000 to 50? Can someone tell me why we haven't brought our troops home in victory?

Leon Panetta: There May Be Less Than 50 Al Qaeda Fighters In Afghanistan

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- CIA Director Leon Panetta said on Sunday there may be fewer than 50 al-Qaida fighters in Afghanistan, with "no question" that most of th...

One Year After Cairo Speech: The U.S.-Muslim Engagement Initiative

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Barack Obama's speech to the Muslim world at Cairo University in Egypt one year ago was ground-breaking and transformational. While its impact was an...

The CIA Back on Top? Panetta's Opportunity for Real Reform

Joseph W. Augustyn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph W. Augustyn

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.