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CIA set up bogus companies after 9/11

Following the September 11, 2001, attacks, the US Central Intelligence Agency set up 12 bogus companies in Europe and other parts of the world in the hope of penetrating Islamic…

In some ways, the surge is working

Though largely dismissed by the Democratic left, America's "surge" policy is paying attractive dividends. Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) is in retreat, violence is down and political reconciliation is up. In…

Feds admit waterboarding illegal

A senior Justice Department official says laws and other limits enacted since three terrorism suspects were waterboarded has eliminated the technique from what is now legally allowed, going a step…

Optimism in the face of recession

American presidents do not predict recessions. It's just not done. Even in their annual budgets that look five years ahead there's never a forecast of even brief hard times.…

No country for old men?

I take as my text today the phrase "no country for old men," which lurks in the public imagination thanks to the Cormac McCarthy novel that has been made into…

U.S. military unprepared for any new crisis

A classified Pentagon assessment concludes that long battlefield tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with persistent terrorist activity and other threats, have prevented the U.S. military from improving its ability…

MSNBC suspends reporter over Chelsea remark

A distasteful comment about Chelsea Clinton by an MSNBC anchor could imperil Hillary Rodham Clinton's participation in future presidential debates on the network, a Clinton spokesman said. In a conference call…

War in Iraq equals danger at home

We are finding out how difficult it is to fight a long war without a draft. Not only are the extended campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan debilitating to the regular…

Secret prison camp at Gitmo

Somewhere amid the cactus-studded hills on this sprawling navy base, separate from the cells where hundreds of men suspected of links to al-Qaida and the Taliban have been locked up…

Border indignities

Last summer, a friend invited me to step out into the patio during a dinner party in a tony neighborhood. The dinner was at one of those places that predate…