The 94-3 Senate vote confirming John Kerry as our new Secretary of State is, in that regard, a remarkably unifying, indeed affirming, action as I see it. Not a thing to do with gender, race, God, age or political party: simply the most qualified American for the job.
When Secretary of State Colin Powell spoke to the U.N. Security Council on February 5, 2003, countless journalists in the United States extolled him for a masterful performance.
Barack Obama arrived in Washington in 2009 buoyed by the slogan "change we can believe in." The bitter Hagel hearings will be a fierce reminder that, when it comes to foreign policy, old is new, and the words "change" and "Washington" don't belong in the same sentence.
Presidential appointments, from cabinet secretaries to department heads to judges, should not require the "advice and consent" of the increasingly partisan and obstructionist Senate.
Why did President Barack Obama choose a big battle with Republicans over Chuck Hagel rather than Susan Rice? Obama himself, of course, has not said. He never said that UN Ambassador Rice was his first choice for secretary of state.
The Obama administration's reaction to November's Israeli onslaught on Gaza is emblematic of the contradictions in its foreign policy. Though the administration deserves credit for preventing greater carnage, why did it apparently give Israeli the green light during the first week of fighting?
As the world focuses its attention on the conflict in Syria, northern Mali has become the biggest expanse of territory controlled by al Qaeda, which is seeking to establish an autonomous state.
There's a distinct downside to choosing Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense: for the first time in decades, there will be no woman serving in any of the top four national security slots.
When business starts heading east, the innocent West Coast girl discovers that Washington, D.C. is pricier than San Francisco, Honolulu or even midtow...
Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense would bring immense confidence in the capitals of America's allies around the world, and great enthusiasm from veterans and military families throughout America who know him well, and trust him greatly.
I am weary of hearing every news commentator and pundit preface his or her criticism of John McCain with praise for him as a hero. By my measure, McCain is no longer a hero, he's a coward.
Welcome to the seventh annual homage (which sounds so much nicer than "blatant ripoff," don't you think?) to the television show The McLaughlin Group, since they have the most extensive year-end award category list of anyone around.
By presenting the facts, showing leadership, and demanding fairness, the president and GOP leaders can come together -- as presidents and congresses have in the past for our generation -- to lessen the financial burden on future generations.
If these two men are nominated and confirmed, this doesn't mean President Obama will elevate Cuba as a foreign policy priority. But it does mean that seasoned figures who urged the country to dump its Cold War baggage and normalize relations would be at the table.
The jig is up for House Republicans. But according to reports inside the capitol, after a private briefing with its caucus, there appears to be little budging on the raising of revenues on the rich.
Instead of standing together as a country, as Democrats and Republicans did after the 9/11/01 attacks, Republicans immediately exploited the Libya attack for political gain.