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So much for the war on terror

Local intelligence-sharing centers set up after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks have had their anti-terrorism mission diluted by a focus on run-of-the-mill street crime and hazards such as hurricanes, a…

The old man’s last gasp

Fidel Castro was calling by cell phone during Hugo Chavez's final remarks at the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile, after King Juan Carlos of Spain had told Chavez, Venezuela's president,…

Witnesses describe Blackwater horrors

A federal grand jury investigating Blackwater Worldwide heard witnesses Tuesday as a private lawsuit accused the government contractor's bodyguards of ignoring orders and abandoning their posts shortly before taking part…

Just say we won and leave Iraq

The Democratic presidential pack is desperate. Five senators, a governor and a representative are seeking one surefire way to capture hearts, minds and votes whenever they are asked what should…

In Iraq for the long term

How long will the U.S. be in Iraq? A very long time, according to Bush administration plans, on the order of the 60-plus years we've been in Germany and Japan…

Abandoning our friends

One of the great scandals -- maybe "disgraces" is a better word -- of the Iraqi war effort is our treatment of the Iraqis who risked their lives to work…

FUBAR at the FBI

Here's a science question for you. When does an ounce of lead differ from another ounce of lead? Answer: When it is being tested in an FBI laboratory. Oops, my mistake. When…

Another good reason to not bomb Iran

It's tempting to think of all Iranians in terms of the mob that stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979 or the intemperate remarks of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about…

Hurry up and wait for citizenship

A wave of citizenship applications has overwhelmed US officials, leading to waits of more than a year, potentially keeping immigrants out of the voting booth for the 2008 presidential election. The…

‘We’re on the wrong course’

Julie Murray says life is good. Yet gasoline prices are crimping her grocery budget, she can't afford a larger house, and she says President Bush is not focused enough on…