Demanding that the US take ownership of every crisis will assure only one outcome: failure.
Why is the base defense budget higher than was projected and higher after Robert Gates made his reductions? The answer is simple. Most of the cuts he claimed credit for were not reductions.
The latest Petraeus/Gates media tour is under way in preparation for the general's testimony to Congress next week, and they're trotting out the same, tired spin they've been using since McChrystal was replaced in disgrace last year.
A fair and public trial would reveal the motives and makeup of those who carried out the 9/11 attacks, and yet the very people who claim to be the most militant in combating terrorism have been the most effective in stifling that inquiry.
Robert Gates' much-hinted-at retirement now seems like the Titanic looming on the military-industrial horizon.
With its no doubt emotionally gratifying but feckless rhetoric demanding Gaddafi's departure, the Obama Administration has ensured that it can play no constructive role in a process of political transition in Libya.
Another big toll is being extracted from our system of public education in the form of massive school closings and teacher firings amid a cultural assault on teachers and and their unions.
Hillary Clinton defended the State Department budget in Congress this week by pointing out that diplomatic interventions can prevent expensive wars. Now she can demonstrate her argument by example in Libya.
Call this episode "The Men Who Stare at Senators." We've been down this road before, that is, the U.S. military pulling out all the stops to sell a...
The future is now, Mr. Secretary. It's time to end our costly and futile wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It's time to support our troops by bringing them home.
Today is the one-year anniversary of the launch of the escalated military strategy in Afghanistan. It's clear from the last 12 months that the escalation strategy is a failure. It's time to come home.
Although neither the White House nor Congress seem eager to apply the deficit-reduction axe to the Pentagon's record-level budgets, the American public appears ready.
we know how hard it is to be a despot these days, especially in the Middle East. Job security? Forget about it. The love of the people? They're ingrates!
The news today that the Obama administration has decided to go forward with new military at Guantanamo will test its commitment to a two-track policy and Obama's first promise as president: to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.
The Pentagon claims that it's in the business of "defense" and that demilitarization would make us all less safe. The NRA likewise argues that gun control would only take weapons away from people who need to defend themselves.
US-China relations -- no matter the posture that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton or Bob Gates would prefer -- remain complicated and fragile, making the upcoming summit all the more momentous.