September 2, 2011 |
The CIA's armed drones and paramilitary forces have killed dozens of al-Qaeda leaders and thousands of its foot soldiers. But there is another mysterious organization that has killed even more of America's enemies in the decade since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. CIA operatives have imprisoned and interrogated nearly 100 suspected terrorists in their former secret prisons around the world, but troops from this other secret organization have imprisoned and interrogated 10 times as many,...
November 12, 2008
When Michael Gerson ["The Decency of George W. Bush," op-ed, Nov. 7] referred to President Bush's "historic" "accomplishment" in bringing Iraq to "the verge of a miraculous peace," he was really saying: "Look at what a great job the president did cleaning up that china shop after he sent a bull into it -- and it only took 5 1/2 years. " RICK OLESZEWSKI Bethesda
July 5, 2008 |
Not long ago, the families of Fairfax Presbyterian Church spent thousands of dollars to fly their teens to Mexico for eight days of doing good. They helped build homes and refurbish churches as part of an army of more than 1 million mostly Christians who annually go on short-term international mission trips to work and evangelize in poverty-stricken lands. Yet even as those trips have increased in popularity, they have come under increased scrutiny. A growing body of research questions the value of the trips abroad, which are supposed to bring hope...
November 23, 2009
Regarding the Nov. 18 Style article "Seeking to put asunder": Bishop Harry Jackson appears to be saying that certain residents of the District should not enjoy certain civil rights by virtue of being sinners as defined by his reading of the Bible. How is this not "a mission of hate"? And by what stretch of logic does homosexuality and gay marriage relate to the problem of broken families within the African American community? Nothing this man says makes civic or Christian sense, and it's a travesty for The Post to lionize him...
September 23, 2009
Absent more U.S. troops, the mission in Afghanistan "will likely result in failure," says Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, according to a "McChrystal: More Forces or 'Mission Failure,' " [ front page , Sept. 21]. But what is the mission, and who defined it? If it is (a) to pacify all of the country for the first time, the person who defined it that way should be fired, or, if he is a few months into a four-year term, he should rethink the mission. If the mission is (b) to substantially reduce opium poppy production, that can...
October 2, 2013 |
Federal employees have a strong sense of mission. But instead of taking pride in mission accomplished, the operative description for many workers is mission stymied. Thursday is Day Three of a government shutdown that is forcing hundreds of thousands of federal employees to do no work, and get no pay. A congressional budget impasse leaves them idle. The services they provide the nation either won't get done or will be delayed. That includes the work of four of the 16 winners of the Samuel...