November 8, 2012 |
An Iranian warplane opened fire on an unarmed U.S. military drone conducting surveillance near Iranian airspace Nov. 1, the Pentagon said Thursday, the first such incident over the Persian Gulf and one that is all but certain to draw attention to Washington's use of unmanned aircraft. The MQ-1 Predator drone returned to its base unscathed, even as the Iranian aircraft chased it away from the Islamic Republic's borders, Pentagon spokesman George Little said Thursday, disclosing details of an incident that the Obama...
May 12, 2008
Regarding the May 8 front- page story "Scant Aid Reaching Burma's Delta": I am increasingly bewildered by international "frustration" with the Burmese junta's not allowing relief workers to enter into the country. What is the balance between national sovereignty and international morality? If a human atrocity is being committed in a country, it is the world's responsibility to stop it and to ignore some stupid government's right to national sovereignty. The larger priority is saving lives.
September 7, 2012
Regarding the Sept. 2 news story " Officials say U.S. intervention in Syria is unlikely ": It is sad commentary on the values we claim as a nation — repeated in the pious rhetoric of our political conventions — that we will apparently lift not a finger to protect the tens of thousands of Syrian refugees massed along the Turkish border. The time has come for the United States and its like-minded allies to establish a no-fly zone to protect the civilians who have fled the devastation in Aleppo and neighboring towns.
March 2, 2012 |
BRUSSELS — European leaders said Friday that they are on the way to bringing the continent's debt crisis under control and pledged to increasingly refocus their efforts on reviving the economy and fighting unemployment. The shift in emphasis, at a summit of the 27-nation European Union, was seen as an attempt to respond to growing criticism that a seven-month stretch of relentless budget-cutting has gone too far in slowing European economies, causing unacceptable hardships and putting more than 10 percent of the workforce...
August 5, 2008 |
Glen Anrig, writing in Sunday's Outlook section, would have us believe John McCain cannot win by adhering to conservative principles. The cornerstone of Anrig's argument is that, "[N]ow, seemingly all of a sudden, conservatives are the ones who are tongue-tied, as demonstrated by Sen. John McCain's limping, message-free presidential campaign.... [McCain's] choice is whether to stick with rhetoric and policies wedded to free markets, limited government and bellicose unilateralism, or to endorse a more robust role for the public...
September 22, 2011 |
Is Europe approaching its "Hamiltonian moment" — the point at which, just as the assumption of state debt by the U.S. government helped cement the new American federation, an emerging deal in Europe could complete the continent's unfinished integration? Maybe, says European economic and monetary affairs commissioner Olli Rehn , although progress toward that end is going to be typically European — slow, fitful, incremental. It's clear, Rehn said in public statements and an interview this...