It's Not What We Ought To Do, But What We Can DoRory Stewart says humanitarian intervention is like mountain rescue—protecting lives doesn't require destructive adventures.
Hearts, Minds, and MurdersThe killing of Hamid Karzai's brother means the war in Afghanistan is going worse than we thought.
A Brand-New Plan for AfghanistanObama's troop withdrawal marks a dramatic—and risky—shift in strategy.
Not Just a FigureheadWhat Osama Bin Laden's death means for al-Qaida and for U.S. relations with Afghanistan and Pakistan.
SuperpowerlessWhy the United States can't do as much as you think in Afghanistan and the Middle East.
Don't Talk About the WarWhy didn't the Senate ask Gen. Petraeus a single hard question about Afghanistan?
Not Mincing WordsOn his way out the door, Robert Gates gives the military some refreshingly frank advice.
Mubarak's BombshellThe president refuses to step down. What's next for Egypt? A coup? A revolution? A crackdown?
The White House Debates Afghanistan—AgainShould Obama withdraw a lot of troops or just a few; change the war strategy or stay the course?
Exit Gates With a WarningRobert Gates begs Americans to have an honest debate about defense spending.
Now What?No one, perhaps not even officers of the Egyptian armed forces, knows what the Egyptian armed forces will do next.
Know-It-AllDonald Rumsfeld may be even worse at writing a memoir than he was at being secretary of defense.
Obama's "Sputnik Moment"The lesson from the 1950s is that it takes more than private enterprise to revive American innovation. It takes lots of government spending.
Trimming the Pentagon's SailsSecretary Robert Gates' dramatic (but limited) plan to cut defense spending.