March 18, 2012
The Democratic congressional candidates in Maryland's 6th District largely agree on major issues facing the country: They all favor immigration reform, more infrastructure spending to help boost the economy and a woman's right to have an abortion. But despite broadly similar positions, a few subtle differences emerged at a forum in Gaithersburg on Sunday, where several hundred voters turned out to hear the five candidates speak. They offered different answers on how to handle Iran, for instance, and what should be done to address ethical lapses in Washington.
March 29, 2011
President Obama's explanation for his decision to participate in the attacks on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's forces will likely not satisfy his critics on either side, and it certainly came much later than it should have. But it did present a cohesive explanation for why we intervened and a reasonable framework for decisions about whether we will do so in other conflicts. The president said the U.S. acted to prevent a looming humanitarian disaster if pro-Gadhafi forces had been allowed to crush the rebel stronghold of Benghazi and methodically slaughter thousands of the city's inhabitants, as the dictator had boasted he would do. Mr. Obama also noted the destabilizing effect a flood of refugees across Libya's borders would have on the fragile democratic transitions in neighboring Egypt and Tunisia, as well as the lessons other tyrants in region might draw from seeing the U.S. sit idly by as the Libyan government massacred its own citizens.
March 2, 2011
When the Pasha of Tripoli authorized Barbary pirates to hold ships and crews of the infant United States for ransom in the early nineteenth century, President Thomas Jefferson responded by ordering the U.S. Navy to shell his capital, then he sent in the Marines. However, that may not be the wisest course for the U.S. regarding the current situation in Libya, where the aging dictator Moammar Gadhafi is locked in a desperate bid to retain power in the face of an armed popular uprising.
July 27, 2007
CHICAGO -- During the Democratic debate in South Carolina, I heard something I never expected to hear: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton coming out against U.S. military intervention. At least I think she was coming out against U.S. military intervention. Asked if U.S. troops should be sent to Darfur, the New York Democrat made a valiant effort to dodge the question by declaiming about sanctions, divestment and U.N. peacekeepers. But when pressed, "How about American troops on the ground?" she finally said, a bit awkwardly, "American ground troops I don't think belong in Darfur at this time."
February 15, 2006
Feb. 15--1933: President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt in Miami that killed Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak. 1989: The Soviet Union announced that the last of its troops had left Afghanistan, after more than nine years of military intervention.
April 26, 2001
WASHINGTON - The United States would intervene militarily to defend Taiwan if the island were attacked by China, President Bush said yesterday, making what foreign policy analysts said was the most explicit U.S. promise of armed assistance for Taipei in more than two decades. Later, the president seemed to soften his pledge, denying that there was any change in U.S. policy and describing American military intervention as an option and not a guaranteed result of an attack on Taiwan. Even so, the comments added up to a hardening in U.S. rhetoric toward Beijing, if not a new policy, raising the oft-feared but seldom-discussed prospect of a U.S.-China war at a time when relations between the countries already are at a low point.