Far too many servicemembers have made their opinions public -- a violation of both ethics and the fundamental principle that in the U.S., civilians make policy.
Even a humanitarian operation demands a logical premise and a well-designed goal. The administration's proposal has neither.
There really are checks and balances in our national-security system, but apathy prevents them from exercising rigorous oversight.
Jobs, reputations, and institutional memory are just some of the reasons why the armed forces are hard to restructure, regardless of what Hagel might promise.
Republican opposition to defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel reveals just how far the party's thinking has drifted on foreign policy.
Republicans have lost their historic edge over Democrats. Why George W. Bush might be the key to getting it back.
The former Massachusetts governor's vague and contradictory statements have created a muddled impression.
Some of the men and women returning from the service genuinely need help. But most do not -- and they're tired of being pitied.
Those of us with the luxury of setting our own priorities shouldn't complain too much when our choices come with inevitable consequences.
But superstar women are judged more harshly than their male peers when they choose to put family ahead of career.
Hastening America's exit will be painful, and undercuts years of U.S. efforts, but it's our least bad choice in this doomed war.
The staff sergeant's light sentence for his role in a terrible 2005 incident may be disappointing, especially to the victims' families, but the integrity of our justice system won out.
The 2012 candidates making the worst gaffes are also unlikely to be their party's nominee, let alone president
The struggles, setbacks, and perhaps even impossibility of true democratic participation in the European Union
Private investors are being forced to eat losses. In return, they'll demand higher interest rates from Italy and Spain. That makes it more expensive to insure Italian and Spanish debt.
Since John McCain's defeat in the 2008 presidential race, the right has rejected the people and ideas it once praised
The Republican presidential hopeful is largely wrong on China but mostly right on dealing with every other part of the world
A bigger worry than rogue presidents killing Americans willy-nilly is that Americans don't question their leaders on national security
The U.S.-European military alliance remains popular on both sides of the ocean
The world was jubilant at the fall of Saddam Hussein -- are we as wrong today as we were then?