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Torture doesn’t work

News that the CIA destroyed tapes of interrogations during which al Qaeda operatives were tortured has elicited little public reaction.…

How Democrats can win the war

"The Democrats have missed a bet," said my friend, the Tall Man, as we slurped down some coffee during our weekly political discussion. "They are crazily pretending that the…

Most see Iraq war as mistake, failure

Growing numbers of people think the U.S. is making progress in Iraq, but most remain convinced the invasion was a mistake and the war will be judged a failure, an…

We shouldn’t export torture

Torture -- or enhanced interrogation techniques, if you wish -- is not part of the American ethos. It is, in fact, forbidden by law and treaty. …

Haven’t we heard this one before?

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown flew into Iraq and essentially told the British troops there, "Mission accomplished. Major combat operations are over." …

The strain of war

When a Navy admiral took over as the nation's top uniformed leader this fall, he homed in on the military establishment's fears for the future of the Army by touring…

Blackwater lies cost official his job

The State Department Inspector General who lied about his brother's involvement with mercenary firm Blackwater Worldwide has resigned. Howard Krongard first claimed his brother had nothing do with Blackwater, then admitted…

CIA destroyed evidence of torture

First rule of a criminal conspiracy and coverup: Destroy the evidence. Which is exactly what the Central Intelligence Agency did with videotapes showing torture of suspects. CIA Director Michael Hayden…

Yes, we’re still the land of opportunity

Oh dear, oh dear, pity poor Americans, because, you see, the system is rigged against the vast majority who were not born filthy rich. No less an authority than presidential…

Sure seemed like a good idea at the time

I was going to write a column this week about how several people whose opinion I respect have told me recently that my columns have been getting increasingly shrill and…