Secretary Gates's Farewell Tour
On Sunday, in a commencement address to the University of Notre Dame, Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned the graduating seniors that in a time of global uncertainty, and with multiple threats around the world, the United States cannot risk cutting military spending sim
General Chen’s Assurance Not Entirely Reassuring
During his high-profile visit to the United States last week, General Chen Bingde, the head of China’s armed forces, emphasized that his country posed no threat to the United States or anyone else.
Kennan on America and Israel/Palestine
Amid all the pouting and hurt feelings in the wake of President Obama’s drearily boring and inconsequential remarks on the Israel/Palestine conflict (on both sides of the dispute, and from ambitious Republican pols seeking to make political hay), it is perhaps a good time to take a breath and step back to consid
What's So "Special" about that Relationship, Anyway?
President Obama travels to Europe this week, a trip that will include visits to Ireland, France, and Poland. His visit to the United Kingdom, however, holds special importance.
National Journal’s Unbelievable JSOC Story
A story in last week’s National Journal magazine by Marc Ambinder contains a paragraph full of stunning claims about the recent adventures of Joint Special Operations Command:
Good Counterterrorism Is Cheap, and Expensive Counterterrorism Is Not Good
The Washington Post had an above-the-fold front page item on an advanced stealth drone that the CIA apparently used to monitor bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad. According to the Post,
The President's Next Middle East Speech
The news media is abuzz with speculation about what President Obama will say in an address this Thursday at the State Department.
Bosnia’s Bubbling Tensions
Nation-building bureaucrats continue their quixotic quest to transform Bosnia-Herzegovina into a viable country. That effort truly symbolizes the triumph of hope over experience. It has been more than 15 years since NATO imposed the Dayton Accords on the three fractious ethnic groups and ended the civil war that had claimed 102,000 lives.