February 8, 2013 The controversy over President Obama's targeted-killings-by-drone policy is a reminder that the default position of presidents in times of crisis is to side with national security over civil liberties. That instinct has been true throughout history, and has been acted on by liberal presidents and core conservatives.
February 6, 2013 As the 2014 deadline looms for the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, there's a debate over what kind of military hardware the U.S. will provide in its wake. Afghanistan wants tanks and planes for conventional warfare. But the U.S. says the Afghans need to focus on counterinsurgency.
January 28, 2013 Opinions are mixed. Women are already in dangerous places handling difficult assignments. But some troops, both men and women, say they think few women will want to take combat positions, and they question whether women will be able to meet the current physical standards.
January 16, 2013 The Taliban is claiming responsibility. A group of men tried to attack a government security office. They were wearing bombs strapped to their bodes and came in vehicles carrying more explosives, authorities say.
January 11, 2013 The White House and Pentagon are weighing how many troops will need to stay after 2014. Today, the two leaders are meeting at the White House and taking questions at a joint news conference. President Obama said Afghan soldiers "are stepping up" and U.S. forces can now step back.
January 10, 2013 In Afghanistan, governors are not elected, they are selected — and more often than not due to family or political connections. But in an attempt to curb graft, the country has just sworn in a batch of governors — including the first female district governor — selected through a new merit-based program.