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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Secretary of State John Kerry recently revised the historical record to say both he and Chuck Hagel, now the secretary of defense, “opposed the president’s decision to go into Iraq” as senators. Both voted to give President Bush the authority to use military force in Iraq. Read more»

For better or worse, the Vietnam War proved itself to be a learning experience for Americans. In many respects, President George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq was an even greater catastrophe — one that is even less morally and intellectually defensible. And yet, as a nation, we appear to have learned virtually nothing this time around. Read more» 1

Saddam's gone. Kim Jong Il's gone. It's time for an Axis of Evil update. Read more»

President Barack Obama announced Friday that the U.S. will withdraw all of its troops from Iraq by the end of the year, saying "Our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays." Sen. McCain blasted the decision, calling it a "harmful and sad setback," while Rep. Grijalva hailed it. (with video) Read more» 1

It was not torture or cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of detainees that got us the major leads that ultimately enabled our intelligence community to find Osama bin Laden. Read more» 1

U.S. soldiers aid counterparts in training in Bamako, Mali, in March. More countries are following suit by training military in countries in conflict.

Recent events bring to light the ability, and need, for countries to work together for a stable global atmosphere. Read more»


How might the Tea Party use the world’s most powerful army? Author Ann Coulter provided some clues in a speech last week. Read more»

Hosni Mubarak

Democracy is good for Egypt. It's bad for the U.S., but that's our fault. As Egypt reorganizes under some form of religion-dominated democracy, it is also inevitable that they will turn away from the United States. We’re getting ready to eat the fruit of the poisonous tree we nurtured. Read more»

Vice-President Joe Biden, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and U.S. Marine Gen. Gen. James N. Mattis, commander, U.S. Central Command salute during the presentation of colors at the U.S. Forces-Iraq change of command ceremony in Baghdad, Iraq on Sept. 1, 2010. Gen. Loyd Austin relieved Gen. Raymond T. Odierno in command of the remaining forces in Iraq and marked the end of U.S. comabat operations in the country.

In a war that has changed the U.S. and its military almost as much as the country it invaded, the realization seems to have sunk in that victory is much easier to declare than it will be to define. Read more»

The Joint Coordination Center at Abu Ghraib is transferred to Iraqi control, April 20.

As the U.S. military concludes its combat role — which President Barack Obama will formally announce Tuesday — Iraq is indeed a dramatic example for the Middle East, but not in the ways that President Bush envisioned. As U.S. troops became mired in fighting an insurgency, Iran extended its influence. Read more»

Mohamed ElBaradei (left) meets with President Obama before the Security Council Summit on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament in September.

Mohamed ElBaradei, former head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency, believes it is likely the international community will move to impose tougher sanctions on Iran, but is just as convinced that sanctions will fail. Read more»