While Spann's death created a stir at the time (the CIA rarely announces the deaths of its covert operatives), it was soon to be overshadowed by the deaths of thousands more Americans who would die fighting an emboldened Taliban insurgency and against Shiites and Sunnis in distant Iraq.
Nearly a week has come and gone since Vice President Joe Biden's big Asia-Pacific tour in the immediate wake of China declaring an air defense zone across the East China Sea. It proved to be a consequential trip, one swiftly followed on by Secretary of State John Kerry visiting Vietnam.
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It's a complex and fascinating set of situations, one which would undoubtedly engage Kennedy greatly. It's too bad he's not around to counsel Obama.
We're really good at demanding rights, but we don't seem very interested in taking responsibility for them. Too often self-interest trumps the obligation we share to care for each other and our democracy.
I have seen news stories, commentaries and tweets implying that our findings have good news for the Muslim Brotherhood, bad news for the military and surprising news about the US, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. In fact the results are far more complex and nuanced.
Would I want to put my life at risk again? And would I want others to be in harm's way, knowing that Nixon and his predecessors had lied to us about our role and mission?
I give thanks for the technology, the great connection that gave me the chance to hear his voice, and so clearly. I give thanks to the Afghani soldier who accompanied my son, who did not turn on him, but instead prepared him something to eat.
In many respects, veterans are currently invisible to the American public. Even if you believe that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan should never have started, that does not mean that you should ignore the humanity of soldiers.
JFK's orchestration of the attempted overthrow of a foreign regime -- Fidel Castro's in Cuba -- is usually treated in American history as a one-off disaster from which JFK's presidency later recovered.
This is an interview with Gina Garcia, a former television journalist and California Capitol correspondent. She is a 500-hour certified Baptiste Pow...
Remembering is important, but remembering uncomfortable truths is more important. Most important today is our collectively knowing that, unlike America in 1963-64, we have finally tired of war, and the deaths of so many -- at least for now.
This week was a time of penance. President Obama apologized for having given the impression that insurance policies would not be cancelled due to Obamacare. And 60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan apologized for a Benghazi report that included an apparently false account by a security contractor. It's a good start; maybe these apologies will open the floodgates. Like maybe Sen. Lindsay Graham can apologize for using the faulty CBS report as an excuse for placing holds on all administration nominees. Or how about an apology from the GOP for the 47 million people affected by painful food stamp cuts that just took effect? Or, wider still, one for all the budget stunts that have cost the economy an estimated $700 billion? And why stop there? How about one for the financial crisis? Or for the mother of all unapologized-for misdeeds, the Iraq War? Wouldn't it be great if accountability were contagious?
For most of us, Veterans Day is another day to celebrate and honor an occasion or event -- in this case a very special group of people. For our v...
He hasn't called yet and I don't know if he will, but even if he doesn't, it's really okay. The important thing is that he's doing better. I know he's doing better -- it was unmistakable. For the first time in years, I won't be mournfully remembering him.
The only country in the region that seems to bear much resemblance to its pre-Obama self is Iraq, where violence has reached its highest level in half a decade.