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May 23 2013 6:25 PMObama’s Post-9/11 WorldWhile the president said nothing new about drone strikes, he appears ready to take real risks to close Gitmo.
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May 10 2013 6:18 PMJohn McCain Don’t Know Much About HistoryWhen it comes to giving Obama advice about Syria, the senator has a shaky recollection of the past.
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April 25 2013 6:13 PMSeeing RedIf Syria has used chemical weapons against its own people and crossed Obama’s red line, how should the president respond?
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April 10 2013 7:10 PMLine Item WarfareIf big military cuts are coming, they haven’t arrived yet.
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March 27 2013 4:45 PMThe Rehabilitation of David PetraeusHe was America’s top general. How does he plan to win hearts and minds this time?
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March 13 2013 6:07 PMWho’s Afraid of Kim Jong-un?Maybe we should be. What we don’t know about North Korea’s young leader may be the scariest thing of all.
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Feb. 28 2013 12:50 PMSequester InsanityWhy the Pentagon budget cuts are far worse than you think.
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Feb. 13 2013 6:22 PMWhy Republicans Can No Longer Be Trusted on National SecurityBecause their leaders have become shallow, ignorant, and totally unserious on the issue that matters most.
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Feb. 7 2013 6:43 PMMissing the MarkThe Senate Intelligence Committee blew its chance for an important debate on drone strikes in the Brennan hearing.
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Jan. 16 2013 7:20 PMDon’t Overreact to Mali (or the Hostages)Let the Obama doctrine lead the way.
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Jan. 6 2013 8:37 PMThe Real Reason Republicans Hate HagelIt has more to do with President Obama than the former senator from Nebraska.
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Dec. 13 2012 6:34 PMSusan Rice SurrendersBut it may be Obama’s foreign policy—not Sen. John McCain—that wins in the end.
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Dec. 9 2012 11:52 PMHomeland, Season 2Has a once-compelling show about terrorism been reduced to a tangled love story?
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Nov. 28 2012 5:54 PMThe Ridiculous Attack on Susan RiceMcCain and his allies are only going to hurt themselves by ganging up against her.
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May 29 2013 3:32 PMWhy James Rosen Is Not BlamelessThe Justice Department should not be chasing national security reporters. But those reporters have a responsibility, too.
War Stories
May 20 2013 6:07 PMObama’s Other Secret WarAre the president’s prosecutors criminalizing national security reporting?
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May 1 2013 5:18 PMFeeding the Hand That BitesCorruption is a huge problem for the U.S. in Afghanistan. So why is the CIA funding it?
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April 19 2013 11:51 AMHow Vladimir Putin Could Help BostonThe Russian president offered to help in any way he could. Actually, he could do a lot of good.
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April 4 2013 6:49 PMThe Guns of AprilIs all the bellicose rhetoric on the Korean Peninsula slowly marching us to war?
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March 21 2013 5:57 PMThe Drones Are in the DetailsWhy it matters if the Pentagon takes command of the CIA’s drones.
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March 11 2013 6:35 PMThe Coming Collapse of the Middle East?The regions’s borders have long been artificial. The war in Iraq accelerated their demise.
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Feb. 20 2013 7:38 PMThe Art of CyberwarIf Beijing was going to threaten the United States with a cyberattack, how would it do it?
War Stories
Feb. 13 2013 12:36 AMObama’s Foreign EntanglementsThe president didn’t offer a foreign-policy blueprint. It was more of a sketch.
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Feb. 1 2013 10:40 AMInquisitor McCainThe senator asked Chuck Hagel many questions about the surge in Iraq. Too bad he wasn’t interested in a real answer.
War Stories
Jan. 11 2013 5:59 PMWe Are So Out of ThereObama has called it quits in Afghanistan—while redefining why we ever went.
War Stories
Dec. 21 2012 2:51 PMAmerica’s Next DiplomatKerry could be a great secretary of state—if Obama lets him.
Music
Dec. 13 2012 9:15 AMThe Best Jazz Albums of 2012From Ravi Coltrane, Chick Corea, and others.
War Stories
Dec. 7 2012 5:50 PMWhere Is the Red Line on Assad’s Chemical Weapons?Actually, there are many red lines.
Politics
Nov. 19 2012 4:38 PMA Phony Critique of PetraeusWhat the New York Times got wrong about the scandal.

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