September 9, 2016 |
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump pledged Wednesday to rebuild what he called a depleted military and said he would order the nation's top commanders to prepare a plan within 30 days of his taking office to destroy the Islamic State. "Three words should be at the center of our foreign policy, always: Peace through strength," Trump said during a 33-minute speech at the Union League of Philadelphia, which was interrupted frequently by applause from an invited audience of supporters.
August 8, 2016
Jim DeMint is president of the Heritage Foundation and a former U.S. senator James Jay Carafano is a Heritage vice president, directing the think tank's research on issues of national security and foreign relations Terrorism was clearly trending down globally as President Obama took office, according to the University of Maryland's Global Terrorism Database. But that desirable trend has reversed, and nowhere is the upswing in terror activity more glaring than here in the American homeland.
August 4, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Vets, shun Trump No one has the right to criticize Gold Star parents like Khizr and Ghazala Khan ("More outrage on Trump, Khans," Tuesday). Donald Trump has crossed the line of decency. In addition to saying our military is weak and that Sen. John McCain wasn't a hero for getting captured, he has criticized Muslim immigrants who lost a son defending our country. As an Army veteran and commander of American Legion Post 227, I call on all of our country's veterans' organizations to denounce Trump's candidacy.
May 5, 2016
With both Ted Cruz and John Kasich ending their campaigns for the presidency, it now appears certain that Donald Trump will become the Republican Party's nominee. What seemed far-fetched when the "braggadocious" real estate tycoon announced his candidacy last year has become a reality that threatens to tear apart the GOP. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is trying to keep that from happening. "You know what, I think something different and something new is probably good for our party," he said Wednesday in an interview with CNN. But other Republicans have vowed never to support Trump, who outlasted 16 other competitors for the nomination.
May 2, 2016 |
My grandmother would have had a Yiddish word for Donald Trump's "major" foreign-policy speech last week: meshugaas . That refers to something so senseless or crazy it's almost incomprehensible. Indeed, the Trump talk was so incoherent, so full of contradictions, that, in normal times, it would have been quickly relegated to the realm of late-night comics. But these aren't normal times. As Trump moves within grasp of the GOP nomination, the dangers of Trumpism are no laughing matter.
April 2, 2016
Republican peculiarities in this political season are so numerous and lurid that insufficient attention is being paid to this: The probable Democratic nominee's principal credential, her service as secretary of state, is undermined by a debacle of remarkable dishonesty. Hillary Clinton's supposedly supreme presidential qualification is not her public prominence, which is derivative from her marriage, or her unremarkable tenure in a similarly derivative Senate seat. Rather, her supposed credential is her foreign policy mastery.
January 16, 2016
What boxer Sonny Liston's manager said of him (Sonny had his good points, the trouble was his bad points) is true of Marco Rubio. His strengths include intelligence, articulateness, and, usually, cheerfulness. His misjudgments involve, in ascending order of importance, the Senate immigration bill of 2013, sugar, Libya, and S-590. Together these reveal a recurring penchant for ill-considered undertakings. Rubio's retreat, under withering political heat, from the immigration bill was undignified but not reprehensible.
September 30, 2015 |
* FRONTLINE: MY BROTHER'S BOMBER. 10 tonight, Oct. 6 and Oct. 13, WHYY12. KEN DORNSTEIN'S story reads like a feature film. A man who's spent his career behind the scenes of a TV news magazine decides to leave behind his wife and two young children and sneak into Libya, a country in turmoil, in search of the people who might be responsible for the murder of his older brother, and 269 others, in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103. Starting tonight,...
January 27, 2015 |
SOMERS POINT, N.J. - Their homecoming has been long awaited. Every time the remains of Navy Master Commandant Richard Somers and the crew of the USS Intrepid get the attention of leaders in Washington, world events intervene. More than 200 years ago, the seamen sailed their explosives-laden vessel into Libya's Tripoli harbor to strike a blow against a pirate fleet and died when the ship blew up. They were the first identified Americans killed in combat to be buried abroad, and their return was strongly sought by the Somers family - to no avail.
January 26, 2015 |
This weekend marks the fourth anniversary of Egypt's Tahrir Square uprising, which became the hallmark of the Arab Spring. As though to mock those long-dead hopes, Yemen and Libya have collapsed, Syria lies in ruins, and much of Syria and Iraq are occupied by ISIS. Several youthful leaders of the Jan. 25, 2011, revolt have been jailed (while the Egyptian leader they ousted, Hosni Mubarak, was just freed from prison). The death last week of Saudi Arabian King Abdullah - whose successor is also old and ill - adds to the turmoil in the region.