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  • July 4 Fireworks: A Forecast of Doom?

    This year, we might get a less traditional view during the Independence Day celebration: The sun recently produced solar flares that could cause a northern-lights effect visible from the earth and disrupt electronic communications. This is a reminder that severe solar activity would be devastating. While solar weather can cause … More

    Who Is John Powers?

    He graduated from Annapolis. He flew the Douglas SBD “Dauntless” dive bomber, a plane that had a reputation for being slow and outmoded even before World War II began. The SBD served as the mainstay of the Navy’s carrier strike force into 1943. On May 7, 1942, Powers led his … More

    Popcorn and Bullets

    ABC’s Jake Tapper recently ran Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to the ground on the issue of the automatic defense cuts that will impact on the armed forces. As National Review reported, Panetta “said another $500 billion in cuts ‘would be disastrous in terms of our national defense.’ Tapper noted … More

    Somebody Watched Too Many Episodes of 'The West Wing'

    The closer we get to the election, the more the White House rewrites the notion of “state secrets.” First there was the sneak-peek of Osama bin Laden’s mail. Then there were complaints about supplying Hollywood with inside information for a film version of the raid on bin Laden’s compound.  Now, … More

    Morning Bell: Making Memorial Day Make a Difference

    As part of my teaching duties at West Point, I took cadets on a study tour of the World War II battlefields in Normandy, France. The first stop is the cemetery on the cliffs overlooking Omaha Beach. It is hard not to realize who pays the price for fighting for … More

    The Real Dark Shadow: Carter's Foreign Policy Legacy

    Over the weekend, Hollywood brought back a popular TV horror show/soap opera that ended its run in 1971. That, however, is not the only flashback from the days of disco getting attention these days. Comparing President Obama’s impact on foreign affairs to former President Jimmy Carter has also come into … More

    Superheroes Rule in Theaters, but Real Heroes Are on Freedom's Frontier

    Dark shadows and superheroes may be all the rage in theaters, but the real heroes are on freedom’s frontier, and what’s really scary are schemes in Washington that will leave our men and women in uniform without what they need to defend us. Here is some serious short cinema on … More

    Obama's Afghanistan Misstep

    Mark McKinnon, a former Bush advisor, doesn’t get it. “GOP Attacks on Obama’s bin Laden Ad Misguided,” declares his piece in the Daily Beast. Of course, the President has a right to crow over getting bin Laden. But sorry, Mark—there is a difference between highlighting a decision to burnish the … More

    Obama's Afghanistan Visit Timed Conveniently for Campaign Impact

    This week, the President marked the death of Osama bin Laden with a self-congratulatory campaign ad. If Lincoln had spent the entire Gettysburg Address talking about himself, it wouldn’t have been quite that crass. Now, the President zips to Afghanistan—coincidentally on the anniversary of the Seal Team Six raid. House … More

    Taking on the Taliban Online

    Somebody hacked a Taliban website. Big surprise. Actually, no surprise. No surprise that the Taliban and other terrorists groups are online. When the issues of terrorism and the Internet are joined in one conversation, most people talk about the threat of cyberterrorism. But the reality is that terrorists mostly use … More