Our military's complete focus can't be overseeing rescue and recovery efforts after a typhoon. However, our extraordinary competence at staging disaster relief gives the U.S. the ability to show the world our better angels. It's a side that -- unfortunately -- many otherwise won't see.
The time has come to seriously consider (1) the relationship between radical beliefs and behaviors, (2) trajectories of violent and non-violent radicalization, and (3) the radicalization process across the ideological spectrum.
When we ask ourselves why we are committing military might in Libya (or Afghanistan, or Iraq), we're really asking bigger questions. What is our purpose in the world? What is the story that defines our friends and our foes?
Geraldine Ferraro was the biggest influence on my own decision to run for public office -- not just whether to run, but how to run, how to serve, and how to make certain that I kept my family and friends in the center of my life.
Into the void of ex-dictator Hosni Mubarak comes a challenge for the United States to become an honest broker for peace between Israel and Palestine, to abandon preemptive wars, and to forsake its role as arms merchant to torturers.
While Egypt's future is uncertain, the feeling of optimism among the people who succeeded in demanding change is palpable today. It wouldn't surprise me if February 11th becomes an Egyptian national holiday in the future.
Jane Harman should be ashamed that she has voted to send U.S. troops to risk their last full measure of devotion on behalf of a corrupt, illegitimate, lawless Afghan government for reasons a schoolchild could discern are fatuous.