As Afghans put their long election saga behind them and evaluate their new two-headed government, the US hopes to end the long war, and draw down to about 10,000 troops. How has the democratization effort fared?
One good thing for the president is that his Asia-Pacific Pivot -- heightened engagement with the rising region, and nascent superpower China -- hasn't been wrecked by the lengthening array of Obama administration distractions, including his troubled and tardy war against Isis.
A successful soccer player near the peak of his career, 22-year Nidhal Selmi died last week a foreign fighter for the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls a swath of Syria and Iraq.
Shock and Awe was the name for the onslaught of missiles and bombing that was to initiate the U.S. invasion and would intimidate Saddam, quickly bringing his regime into submission. Little did we know that the opening days of the second Iraq war marked the end of the era of America as the world's dominant military power.
The Pentagon is planning to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War by launching a $30 million program to rewrite and sanitize its history. Replete with a fancy interactive website, the effort is aimed at teaching schoolchildren a revisionist history of the war.
The scrolling images of the 160 fallen sisters will be in my mind. All of us gave some, but these women gave all. And for that, we owe them this modest commemoration.
President Obama today thanked the American people for "standing up to oppression" by protesting the Columbus Day holiday. He vowed to take aggressive action to "right the wrongs of our current outmoded holiday calendar" as we "embark on a new era of fairness and equality."
Whether ISIS is now actually deploying the weapons still needs to be proven but there can be no question that they now control them -- and some can be traced back home to the United States.
We talk about PTSD and how it affects men and women in uniform but do we ever consider what happens to the children of war or the upbringing of the children of the enemy who grow up in the war zones?
The counter-revolutionary Gulf strategy has opened a window on potential differences not only between Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain on the one hand and Qatar on the other but also within the conservative counter-revolutionary camp itself.
President Barack Obama's got a lot of problems, some of his making, many not. The last thing he need is one of his former top officials feeding attack lines to his enemies. So naturally, that's what he has.
Halloween, with its blood and gore, witches and werewolves, is a children's holiday because its horrors are fictional. Republicans have picked up on that theme for their Halloween fear-mongering. Fabricating characters and events to induce terror is just part of the GOP-Halloween scheme.
I have written about dozens of sad, tragic, individual cases. But one of the saddest of all concerns a young soldier who died eleven years ago last month, appalled when ordered to take part in interrogations that, no doubt, involved what most would call torture.
After years of government lies -- from claims of WMDs in Iraq to zero civilian casualties in drone strikes -- you'd think the members of the fourth estate would have learned a lesson. But the mainstream U.S. media plays the role of government lapdog more than watchdog.
When you embed with a population, even during wartime, you become incredibly attached to the locals who reach out to help you. I got to know a lot of Iraqis who I feel close to even today - some were soldiers, some were civilians, but all were hopeful.
The US and its Allies have military superiority over ISIS, but using million dollar missiles to blow up hundred dollar tents represents a bad net-exchange.