What happens when fiction abuses the war on terror
Lorrie Moore is as talented as ever. But her attempts at post-September 11 topicality can be excruciating.
The former Defense Secretary: Indignant, effective, and often wrong.
Robert Gates was one of the most effective secretaries of defense in recent history. He was also one of the most restrained—until now.
Obama says he considers foreign policy in its particulars. But that's not the case with Syria.
One year ago Friday, the Pentagon rescinded the policy that prevented women from serving in combat roles.
Al-Qaeda affiliates have retaken the city. What would my fallen comrades think of that?
A top middle east expert on just how much sway we have left
It's hard to remember the first time I noticed a camera filming me in public. There was no genesis point, no camera zero that commenced the age of being conscious of having an unseen audience. They just appeared and quietly multiplied, tolerable when used in ATMs and intersections, slightly unnerving when placed overhead in offices and casinos.
When Hassan Rouhani, the new president of Iran, speaks at the United Nations General Assembly this week, the world will hold its breath.
It has been a gruesome 48 hours. On Saturday, in Kenya, at least 68 people were slaughtered when gunmen from Somalia's Shahab extremist group entered a mall and started firing indiscriminately. (Or perhaps not entirely indiscriminately: The New York Times reports that witnesses claimed Muslims were told to run away). In Pakistan, at least 78 people were killed when suicide bombers attacked All Saints Church in the city of Peshawar.
"America may have lost its stomach for military intervention," Charles Blow wrote recently in the New York Times. At least among Obama supporters, that has become the most common explanation, hardening into cliché, for why the president’s call to punish Assad’s regime for gassing its own citizens met with a curdled mixture of anger and apathy.