Obama’s Cloudy Foreign Policy Vision

Once again, President Obama’s attempt to communicate a foreign policy vision falls short.

All U.S. Troops Will Be Out Of Afghanistan After 2016, Most Will Be Out By December

An imperfect timetable, but better than nothing.

On Veterans, Crime, Timing, and “Other Than Honorable” Discharges

For veterans who get in trouble with the law, *when* they commit a crime can have profound implications on their future. Does this make sense?

No, America’s Generals Aren’t Planning a Coup

A bizarre hit piece in National Journal gives the false impression that our military leaders are considering removing the president.

Naval Academy’s Culture Problem

The long investigation into rape at the Naval Academy has revealed some ugly truths.

West Point Casualties in Post-9/11 Conflicts Historically High

West Point graduates account for nearly one in fifty deaths in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Air Force Academy Gets First Female Superintendent

Lieutenant General Michelle Johnson will be the first woman to lead a service academy.

The Disappearing Oval Office Address

The Oval Office Address, once a common tool of the Presidency, has been in declining use of late.

Picking Frank Lautenberg’s Successor

Some interesting choices ahead for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

The Army’s Leadership Problem

Tim Kane continues his campaign against the US military’s antiquated personnel system.

Military Family Divided By Women’s Role

Greg Jaffe has an outstanding feature titled “In one Army family, women in combat evokes two different perspectives.”

DOMA, Double Standards, and the Military

Couples of the same sex can marry at the West Point chapel, they’re treated much differently under the Defense of Marriage Act.

Pete Dawkins, Most Accomplished Heisman Winner Ever

The title of most impressive Heisman winner of all time goes to Pete Dawkins, who won the award in 1958.

West Point Chapel Hosts Lesbian Wedding

One of West Point’s first female graduates has married her long-time girlfriend at the Cadet Chapel.

FBI, DOJ Knew About Petraeus Affair For Months

The David Petraeus/Paula Broadwell story gets curiouser.

The Petraeus Scandal Within a Scandal

The scandal that led to P4’s downfall has many layers, none of them flattering to the most famous American general of his generation.

The Afghan Surge Was A Failure

The Afghan Surge announced by President Obama in December 2009 is over. By any objective measurement, it was a failure.

John Nagl Next Haverford Headmaster

John Nagl, who became famous as a leading counterinsurgency theorist and practitioner, is taking on a new challenge: grooming young boys for life.

Gore Vidal Dead at 86

The novelist, playwright, and social critic Gore Vidal has died, aged 86.

Is Algebra Hurting America?

Andrew Hacker argues that, while quantitative skills are “critical for informed citizenship and personal finance,” making kids master algebra to graduate high school has disastrous consequences.

Are Today’s College Students Dumber and Lazier?

The Wall Street Journal publishes a screed aimed at those about to graduate college.

Afghan Riots And the Folly of the Afghan Mission

A pattern that never ends: Perceived insults lead to mayhem and murder.

Military’s Lock-Step Promotion System

The military promotion system does not reward top performers rapidly enough.

Military Less Republican Than You Think

The popular notion that the United States military is monolithically Republican is mistaken.

Losing Afghanistan A Year Sooner Beats Alternative

Everything the critics say about the decision is right–and so is the decision.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski (L) is embraced by his mentor former Indiana coach Bobby Knight after Duke defeated Michigan State in their NCAA men's basketball game in New York November 15, 2011. The win was Krzyzewski's 903rd, surpassing Knight's record as the most wins ever as a college coach. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski (L) is embraced by his mentor former Indiana coach Bobby Knight after Duke defeated Michigan State in their NCAA men's basketball game in New York November 15, 2011. The win was Krzyzewski's 903rd, surpassing Knight's record as the most wins ever as a college coach.

Mike Krzyzewski Breaks Bob Knight’s Record

Bob Knight coached Mike Krzyzewski at West Point. Now, Coach K has broken his mentor’s record for all-time victories as a head coach.

Why More Americans Don’t Major in Math and Science

A dwindling proportion of students are majoring in STEM fields. They’re likely making the wise choice.

Peaches Petraeus

Flashback: When David Petraeus was simply known as “Peaches” & was a member of the “French Club”

Rick Perry’s Grades

Texas Governor Rick Perry got lousy grades as an undergrad at Texas A&M. Does it matter?

Torture Creep?

The defense of torture as an extreme measure for extraordinary circumstances has evolved.tortu

Pakistan After Bin Laden: Frenemies Forever?

Changing our relationship status to Complicated.

What Did Pakistan’s Government Know?

And when did it know it?

Disadvantages of an Elite Education

While elite schools confer many advantages on their graduates, they also wall them off from normal people and create an entitled, out-of-touch elite.

Military-Academic Conflict

America’s war colleges have some problems but we can’t close them.

Higher Education Bubble: Another Brick in the Wall?

An increasing number of bright observers are questioning the notion that everyone needs to go to college.

Women in Combat: Changing Rules for the Wrong Reasons?

It may be time to change rules keeping women out of combat roles. But “fairness” isn’t the right question.

Why America’s Best Officers Are Leaving

The American military personnel system works against keeping the best and brightest officers in the service.

John Wheeler, Vietnam Memorial Leader, Murdered

John P. Wheeler III, chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund during the Ronald Reagan era, has been murdered.

Joe Miller’s “Security Guards” Were Active Duty Military

The story about the private security guards who “arrested” a journalist at a Joe Miller campaign event just keeps getting stranger by the day.

Murkowski’s Sore Loser Write-In Bid

Lisa Murkowski is the worst kind of sore loser candidate, willing to screw over her party’s voters and her own donors to keep her seat

Learning About Learning

Most of what passes for conventional wisdom about learning is wrong.

Obama’s Citizenship and the Chain of Command

Civilian control of the military means, oddly, that civilians control the military. And it means precisely that the military does not get to decide which civilians run the country.

Worst Figures in American History

If you think Jimmy Carter is the Worst Figure in American History, you really need to read more.

Leading Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Protester Discharged From Army

Recently Lt. Dan Choi chained himself to the White House fence to protest Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Yesterday, he found out that he’d been discharged from the Army because he’s gay.

Sherrod, Breitbart, Beck, And A Weak Presidency

Among the other lessons it teaches us, the Shirley Sherrod incident shows that the Obama Administration is seemingly becoming weaker by the day.

The Shirley Sharrod/Racism Story: Much Less Than Meets The Eye ?

Journalism and the New Media combined in a feeding frenzy yesterday and a woman lost her job. She probably shouldn’t have.