To Sen. John McCain

Even before the president spoke out, the senator from Arizona helped to slow the rush of public opinion toward retreat from Iraq. Whatever effect the senator’s speeches and press appearances ultimately have …

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Exit strategy

In Iraqi elections, Congress sees opportunity to withdraw troops

On Dec. 15, Iraqi voters go to polling places to elect a parliament. Could that be an ideal time for President Bush to …

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Afghans have voted for change, but it will come only if the U.S. stays the course

Afghanistan is emerging from medieval chaos. The country is on the front end of creating an organized, law-based civil state. During a visit to Afghanistan in August, I saw dramatic, positive changes …

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Capitol Hill report Card


To Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for insisting on an amendment to the Defense Appropriations Act to ban cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment of detainees held by the U.S. military. The amendment …

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Disaster response

Weak reception for Bush’s proposal to broaden military’s role in domestic emergencies

After four days of submerged neighborhoods, floating bodies, armed looters, toxic flood waters and fetid emergency shelters, the big green …

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To the U.S. intelligence community,

for ignoring the Senate and leaving the CIA with the sole responsibility for directing spies. Given the agency’s miserable track record with human intelligence — the failure to locate Osama bin Laden …

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Success in Afghanistan means fighting several wars at once

Why are we winning in Afghanistan? In the simplest terms, we’ve gotten the strategy reasonably right.

How did this happen? Let me tell you the story as I saw it as the …

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The War We’re Winning

In Afghanistan, signs of progress are everywhere, but there’s a long road ahead

Even the New York Times, no friend to the Bush administration, has noticed “the Afghan difference.” After the recent …

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Acquisition for the information age

Mass customization must replace mass production

The Pentagon’s acquisition system, with roots that stretch back to World War II, is rapidly approaching a precipice. In the Cold War, the acquisition process was …

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To the U.S. intelligence community

Yes, you heard us right, the intelligence community — for intercepting the letter from Osama bin Laden’s lieutenant and top strategist, Ayman al Zawahiri, to Abu Musab al Zarqawi, head of al-Qaeda …

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