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Damned by Faint Trump

Last night’s debate was nothing to crow about on either side, but Hillary Clinton definitely got the better of her rival.


The Gun Smuggler’s Lament

In 2011, Osama Kubbar ran Qatari-supplied arms to Libyan rebels battling the Qaddafi regime. Today, he is watching from afar as his country is torn apart by two warring governments and a web of rival militias. This is the story of a failed revolution and the people it engulfed.


The Case Against Qatar

The tiny, gas-rich emirate has pumped tens of millions of dollars through obscure funding networks to hard-line Syrian rebels and extremist Salafists, building a foreign policy that punches above its weight. After years of acquiescing -- even taking advantage of its ally's meddling -- Washington may finally be punching back.



Why "leaning in" is killing us.

Best Defense

Hey Tom, I read all your columns about the military bleeding talent, but I didn’t realize you were talking about me!

I've followed your columns on why the military is bleeding talent. Then the Navy O-4 list just came out (72 percent promotion rate), and I wasn't on it.


Wherefore Art Thou Baghdadi?

In fair Tripoli, where we lay our scene, ancient grudges and new mutinies are being broken by a radical experiment to turn young would-be radicals into Romeos and Juliets.


Back to Escuela With Trump and Obama

As Trump talks softly in Mexico, and Obama gets pranked in Asia, a quick run through the big international stories driving late-summer headlines.


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