July 30, 1986 |
As a citizen who has always paid his taxes honestly and without complaint, I am sometimes depressed when I read in the paper about some corporation that has grossly overcharged the government for something I was helping to pay for. Of course most of our taxes go for weapons, and weapons are so expensive that few of us can feel that we are contributing in any substantial way to any one weapon.
August 9, 2008 |
In Mexico's drug war, Gen. Sergio Aponte Polito racked up crime-fighting credentials worthy of the Dark Knight, making record seizures of drugs and weapons and forcing out top Baja California law enforcement officials he accused of corruption and of having links to organized crime.
April 21, 2009 |
Deacon Jones attacks interviews the way he used to stalk quarterbacks -- with abandon, no holds barred. Outspoken, opinionated and unwary of offending, the Hall of Famer credited with giving a name to one of football's signature defensive plays seems to hold cliches and rote answers in the same regard he once did his prey -- which is to say, very little. Jones' forte, of course, was sacking quarterbacks, a term he coined to give cachet to the art of tackling passers.
March 20, 2011 |
President Obama, traveling in Brazil, met with senior national security officials on a conference call Sunday morning to discuss the opening hours of the international military campaign against Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi. U.S. and European forces struck Libyan air defenses and other targets starting Saturday, using warships and fighter jets. On Sunday, U.S., French and British forces continued blasting military targets . Obama talked at 9:30 a.m. with Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough and Gen. Carter Ham, head of the U.S. military operations in Africa, the White House said.
December 1, 2009 |
As Congress prepares to examine how a Virginia couple crashed the first state dinner of the Obama administration, the pair may be pointing to e-mail correspondence they had with a senior Pentagon official as evidence that they were invited guests after all. FOR THE RECORD: State dinner: An article in Tuesday's Section A about Tareq and Michaele Salahi, the couple mistakenly admitted to a White House state dinner, misstated the former service...
May 12, 2002 |
To a soldier on the front lines, few sights are more welcome than a big American gun nearby, pounding the enemy. That is a major reason why the fight over whether to cancel the Crusader artillery system, which will spill into the Senate this week, is proving to be so sensitive inside the Pentagon and Congress. Many Army generals believe the Crusader would help ensure that GIs have all the support firepower they need if called into a major ground war.
June 10, 2011 |
Outgoing Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates lashed out at some of America's closest European allies, complaining that NATO's shaky air assault in Libya had laid bare shortcomings that are pushing the alliance toward "collective military irrelevance. " In an unusual public rebuke Friday, Gates condemned European nations for years of declining defense budgets that he said have forced the United States to shoulder the heaviest load by far in the 62-year-old alliance. Gates noted with frustration that fewer than half the 28 nations in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization are engaged in the Libyan conflict, and that fewer than a third are conducting airstrikes, even though the coalition unanimously backed the decision to go to war to protect civilians from Moammar Kadafi's forces.
January 5, 1993 |
Preparing to leave office after a period of historic change in the American military, Defense Secretary Dick Cheney predicted Monday that his successor will become more conservative as he steps into his new role and cautioned him not to base "long-term national security policy on the assumption that all is well in Moscow." In a wide-ranging farewell interview 17 days before leaving office, Cheney said that his successor, Rep. Les Aspin (D-Wis.
September 12, 2001 |
In the worst terrorist attack ever against the United States, hijackers struck at the preeminent symbols of the nation's wealth and might Tuesday, flying airliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and killing or injuring thousands of people. As a horrified nation watched on television, the twin towers of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan collapsed into flaming rubble after two Boeing 767s rammed their upper stories. A third airliner, a Boeing 757, flattened one of the Pentagon's five sides.
August 5, 2010 |
Colombia inaugurates a newly elected president on Saturday: the former minister of defense, Juan Manuel Santos. Amid saber-rattling by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez following Colombian allegations that he is supporting FARC rebels, Santos is likely to follow outgoing President Alvaro Uribe's policy of attempting to defeat Colombia's insurgencies and its drug trade through military means. The Obama administration, however, should support a renewed effort for a peace process. This, and more focused leadership by the U.S., would give our Colombian partners a better chance of resolving a 40-year conflict in which we have invested billions over the last decade, as well as helping to defuse tensions between Colombia and its neighbors.