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  • The Local War on Terror

    An intended target saw smoke. The intended target, instead of ignoring the threat or fleeing, acted as a citizen defender. The citizen defender, the New York City street vendor who saw smoke swirling from an SUV parked in Times Square | Read More »

  • The Land Beyond Chitchat and Oughtta Be

    Barack Obama isn’t leading. Instead, events are leading the president — and I don’t mean stage-managed summits, puppet press conferences or White House dinners, but the international events that matter, the ones paid for in blood. Iran and North Korea | Read More »

  • Has the Cyber-War Begun?

    Modern warfare will spill out next in cyberspace.

  • Triangulating Afghanistan

    Obama’s “new” approach to Afghanistan is a surge in sheep’s clothing.

  • Hasan’s Treason

    One word aptly describes Ft. Hood mass murderer Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan: traitor. Traitor is a tough word. It doesn’t smudge and squish. "Traitor" draws a hard line, one that sharply divides essential life-determining values and marks a defining personal | Read More »

  • Obama Orbits: Satellites and Space Weapons

    The column I began writing at 7 a.m. on September 11, 2001, addressed the American military’s reliance on satellites and issues involving "a potential arms race in space." Of course, by 9 a.m., space militarization became less pressing, as al-Qaida | Read More »

  • The Pirates of Puntland

  • Bin Laden’s Slow Rot

    In late August 2004, after shutting off the recorder, I asked the British general to tell me how Iraq and coalition forces should handle the complex ethnic, sectarian and security challenge presented by Shia "Mahdi Militia" leader Moqtada al-Sadr. That | Read More »

  • The Russo-Georgia War’s Dire Diplomatic Aftermath

    As I write this column, Russian troops have halted their main attack just short of Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital. That’s smart diplomatically and sharp militarily. In late 1994, the Russians attempted to drive Chechen rebels from Grozny, Chechnya’s capital, and suffered | Read More »

  • “Rheostat Warfare:” An Interview With Gen. David Petraeus

    Victory in war is tough to define. Hollywood’s version of victory in World War II provides a finality that history lacks. Gen. MacArthur meets the Japanese emissary on the battleship Missouri, and the curtain falls. Except trouble brews in Korea, | Read More »

  • Challenges of the Muslim World: Oil, Testosterone and War

    Oil and unemployed testosterone don’t mix, they collide — with war the likely result. "Economics and demographics" lack the sizzle of oil and testosterone, which as eye-grabbers are an Oprah-notch below money and sex. But in the grand sense of | Read More »

  • Darfur’s J’Accuse!

    For stirring drama from the moral high ground, it’s tough to beat Emile Zola’s letter of 1898 to France’s President Felix Faure. "J’Accuse," Zola wrote — "I accuse." Zola accused the French government of wrongly convicting Alfred Dreyfus of espionage | Read More »

  • Obama’s War Change: Hope for Iraq?

    We’ve now seen enough of Barack Obama’s campaign to get an idea of his remarkably agile strategic plan. Obama bills himself as the candidate of "change and hope" — and change is a key component in his plan, if by | Read More »

  • The Hard Thing of Democracy

    A Vietnam vet friend of mine argues that maintaining a democracy requires three things: a passion for freedom, tolerance for diversity and intolerance for threats. A letter from a reader, responding to a column on Iraq’s struggling democracy, suggested I | Read More »

  • Mugabe the Obscene

    "Frankly obscene," Australia’s foreign minister said. Australia’s Stephen Smith was referring to Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe’s appearance at a U.N. food conference earlier this month. Yes, a dictator who uses starvation to scatter and kill his own people making an | Read More »

  • Behind Gates’ Decision to Fire Up the Air Force

    The classic World War II-era poster reminded talkative dock workers that “loose lips sink ships.” Well, loose nukes present an even more imposing problem, one with continent-cracking possibilities. Last week, when Defense Secretary Robert Gates requested and received the resignations | Read More »

  • The Cluster Behind the Cluster Munitions Ban

    I have yet to encounter a "surgical" weapon. A weapon exists to kill or damage living beings and material objects. "Surgical" is a questionable word, anyway, when applied to a weapon. It yokes scalpel and dagger. Both cut, but one | Read More »

  • Iraqi Democracy, Two Years On

    Considering the violent threats, fractured politics and bitter history it confronts, Iraq’s democratic government has accomplished much in two short years. For a variety of reasons — most self-serving, a few disgustingly dishonest — American and European debate over Iraq | Read More »

  • Memorial Day 2008

  • Limited Options in Burma