National Security

Judging Chuck Hagel’s Bid to Run the Pentagon

The consensus, although it is by no means firm, is that Hagel will be confirmed. His breadth of support suggests that, absent some ill-chosen phrases that he will spend much time in the coming days lamenting, he is well within …

The Truth About Torture

A debate has erupted about the new film Zero Dark Thirty, and whether it inaccurately suggests that U.S.-sanctioned torture (aka “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques”) led to the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Military-Adulterous Complex

David Petraeus resigned Nov. 9 as director of the CIA after admitting to having a sexual relationship with his biographer. Since then, the circle of scandal has widened.



David Petraeus’ affair with his biographer ended his 37-year career. But the damage from this episode goes far wider

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