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Commander in Chief

Streaming: TV's Tectonic Shift

Tom Alderman | Posted 08.27.2014 | Entertainment
Tom Alderman

Why should we pay cable companies big monthly fees for a huge lineup of programs we never watch but are charged for. Research shows that folks with 300 channels only watch an average of 12 of them. Why not pick and choose just what we want to watch and pay for each show as we go? Or, as the industry calls it: pay-per-view.

No Victor, No Vanquished and Work Together

Allen Schmertzler | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Allen Schmertzler

Finally, after six years as commander in chief, Obama may have just articulated his guiding inner vision of leadership during an interview the other day with journalist Thomas Friedman.

Clinton and Obama on Martha's Vineyard: Much Ado About Nothing

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

For the next year and a half President Obama as commander in chief will be making decisions. But there will be a presidential campaign going forward, hopefully including Hillary, and she must tell us how she views the world and America's place in it.

Dear President Obama: Secure The Border Now Or Risk Civil War

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

As any grade-schooler, let alone a graduate of Harvard Law School, knows, the first job of a US President is to protect the homeland. Nothing comes ...

From the High Seas to Hollywood (Part I)

Richard Arthur | Posted 08.24.2014 | Arts
Richard Arthur

Though both borrow from French Revival architectural style, no two buildings could be further apart in significance than Bancroft Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy and the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood.

Foggy Points of View on Bergdahl

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What at first seemed very clear-cut almost instantly became clouded in fog. This fog may clear some when the Army makes a formal statement about the circumstances of Bergdahl's capture by the Taliban, but until that point the speculation is running pretty wild.

Honor the Fallen President

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 07.27.2014 | Books
Nigel Hamilton

The story of FDR as U.S. Commander in Chief is a heroic war story of a president who had already overcome great adversity in facing polio, but who went on to take the reins of our armed forces in the greatest conflagration in human history -- on our behalf.

At President Obama's State of the Union, Will All Eyes Be on Hillary?

Alexia Parks | Posted 03.26.2014 | Women
Alexia Parks

Have women grown tired of waiting for a woman to place her hand on the Bible and take the Oath of Office as President of the United States? More importantly, will women be willing to vote a woman into the nation's highest office?

Beyond Left and Right on Syria

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee just voted to approve a resolution to attack Syria on a vote of 10-7. But the breakdown of the voting reveals that this was in no way a party-line vote.

Be Yourself, Barack -- Don't Read a Script

Georges Ugeux | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics
Georges Ugeux

This is not the time to defend the thesis an academic paper. We want our president back, the leader we always knew. He drove and will drive us out of wars, recessions and crisis.

Going With Your Gut in the Voting Booth

Sam Sommers | Posted 03.12.2012 | Politics
Sam Sommers

No, this is not another blog post about the benefits (or costs) to being beautiful, though attractiveness certainly is a characteristic that can impact an election. Just ask Richard Nixon. But I'm not talking about physical attractiveness per se.

Libya and Iraq: A Stop and Think Moment

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 12.24.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

The full effects of regime changes in Libya and Iraq won't be clear for years. If new dictators emerge, or terrorism gets a boost, today's victories may seem ephemeral, if not illusory, in the light of history.

The Absent Commander-in-Chief: Who's in Charge Here?

Curtis Roosevelt | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics
Curtis Roosevelt

A wartime president has many responsibilities, one of the most important of which is to know why America is at war while clearly conveying those reasons to our citizens. That is patently not the case today.

Our Superlative Military

William Astore | Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics
William Astore

Showering the military with superlatives may be good politics, but it's not necessarily good policy. A pat on the back for "dedication" and "determination" or even a simple "thank you" is all the military needs, Mr. President.

Does Bradley Manning Have Rights?

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dylan Ratigan

A few days ago, I argued about whether Manning has the right to due process and the right not to be tortured. I believe he has rights, the other contributors disagreed. Captain David Price, a viewer and a retired JAG corps member, wrote in to clarify.

President Obama, Don't Let DOMA Weaken Our National Security

Ian Moss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ian Moss

Denying benefits to the families of service members in same-sex marriages and civil unions could negatively impact military readiness and, consequently, weaken our nation's security.

From MacArthur to Haig to Petraeus: How the Military Brass Trampled the Constitution

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Military officials have quite literally usurped the policymaking powers of the President of the United States, to the point where the president is asking for things and they are not being given to him.

McClellan, MacArthur, McChrystal

Ariel Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ariel Gonzalez

Militarizing the presidency obviously undermines the principle of civilian control, which the McChrystal kerfuffle brought to the forefront.

Military Clothing for Presidents? No, Sir!

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Astore

Whenever the president addresses our troops, he should, indeed he must, appear in civilian clothing, because that's precisely what he is: a civilian, a very special one, to be sure, but that's what he is.

Obama Dresses Down the Military, But What's Changed?

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Astore

Actions speak far louder than words: What we've witnessed from Obama is no "dressing down" of our military, but rather yet another ramping up.

Commander in Chief: Yes He Is

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lorelei Kelly

Obama and his team (and an increasing number of voices on Capitol Hill) know that, in today's world, security problems are beyond the purview of the military acting alone.

Q&A: Actor Geena Davis Got an Oscar and Now Makes Accidents Happen

Brad Balfour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Brad Balfour

Davis's startling and starring reappearance makes for a snappy and sharp-witted comeback. She plays the maternal head of a decidedly distraught and traumatized suburban family.

Where Has the Time Gone?

Byron Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Byron Williams

Bush, You had more impact on the country than any other president in my lifetime. One may have to go back to FDR to find a commander in chief that had more influence on the republic.

Torture: A modest proposal

Mark Kleiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Kleiman

While the Bush administration has no doubt made errors in the course of its valiant attempts to protect us all, in one respect it has displayed admirable creativity, from which the Obama administration could benefit.

Obama Needs to Stay The Course On Friday's Debate Schedule

Dwight Dunkley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dwight Dunkley

A Commander-in-Chief needs to have the killer instinct to understand you destroy your enemy, thoroughly; you do not let up to give him time to breathe when he is flailing.