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Off we go into the wild, outdated yonder

Air Force officials are warning that unless their budget is increased dramatically, and soon, the military's high-flying branch won't dominate the skies as it has for decades. After more than six…

Amtrak beefs up security

Amtrak will start randomly screening passengers' carry-on bags this week in a new security push that includes officers with automatic weapons and bomb-sniffing dogs patrolling platforms and trains. The initiative, to…

The illusion of safety

The first telephone call came around 4:30 Thursday afternoon as I was about to turn on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." The second came a few minutes later. Within…

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…