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Divided Taliban clings to war in wake of leader’s death

KABUL — Less than a week ago, Afghanistan seemed to be edging toward peace. Taliban insurgent leaders were preparing to attend a second round of negotiations with Afghan officials, prodded by Pakistani authorities amid a thaw in their long-chilly relations with Kabul, and reinforced by a supportive...

Date: 08/02/2015 | Nation & World

Purple Hearts in question after Chattanooga attack

WASHINGTON — Two weeks after the attack on military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, killed five U.S. service members, the U.S. government is still grappling with whether to call the event terrorism. Potentially at stake: Purple Hearts for the service members killed and wounded, and the...

Date: 08/01/2015 | Nation & World

Al-Qaida captures leader of U.S.-backed Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON — The commander of a U.S.-backed Syrian rebel group has been captured by al-Qaida militants near the spot north of Aleppo where a new contingent of U.S.-trained Syrian opposition fighters entered the country earlier this month from Turkey, the group said Thursday.

Date: 07/31/2015 | Nation & World

Removal of Confederate flag taken to illogical extremes

When South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill to boot the Confederate flag from State House grounds earlier this month, it was a beautiful moment — if decades late. State lawmakers finally acted out of revulsion from images of a confessed shooter posing with the Civil War...

Date: 07/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A Polish Jew reaches out to save Syrian Christians

Christianity, whose presence in the Middle East predates Islam's by 600 years, is about to be cleansed from the Middle East. Egyptian Copts may have found some respite under Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, but after their persecution under the previous Muslim Brotherhood government, they know how...

Date: 07/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Root out lone wolves with calm approach

"He acknowledged the truth, he gives [allegiance], the order has been given, his heart beats, he accepts, butterflies kick in. ... The target is given, the anticipation is over, a sense of relief."With this stream-of-consciousness narrative, an Islamic State...

Date: 07/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Pattern is familiar, down to the lack of answers

The details about Mohammad Abdulazeez, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga grad accused of murdering four Marines and a sailor, dripped out in the familiar pattern. The first thing to come out of the shocking news is the name of the alleged attacker. Then there is speculation...

Date: 07/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trump’s winning when he’s the focus of attention

Don't be sure the McCain episode is the beginning of the end of Donald Trump's bizarre presidential campaign. Don't even be sure it's the end of the beginning. Attacking him with censure and shame is like trying to destroy Godzilla with electricity: It might just make him stronger.

Date: 07/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists

70 years after WWII, Japanese company apologizes to U.S. vets

LOS ANGELES — Saying they felt a "deep sense of ethical responsibility for a past tragedy," executives from a major Japanese corporation gave an unprecedented apology Sunday to a 94-year-old U.S. prisoner of war for using American POWs for forced labor during World War...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Nation & World

‘Ghost Fleet’ and the hackers behind the pages

It’s easy to see why “Ghost Fleet” has captured the imaginations of foreign policy experts in the U.S. and abroad. The techno-thriller, by P.W. Singer and August Cole, not only tells a crackling-good story but also casts light on the warnings that have come from many quarters about the risks of...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Entertainment

Sailor 5th to die in Chattanooga shootings

A sailor wounded in the attack in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Thursday died overnight from his wounds, the Navy and his family said.Randall Smith was a petty officer in the Navy. The service declined Saturday morning to release his name, but Darlene Proxmire, a...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Nation & World

Future queen gives Nazi salute in tabloid image

LONDON — Buckingham Palace expressed its disappointment Saturday with a tabloid newspaper for publishing images of a young Queen Elizabeth II performing a Nazi salute with her family in 1933, the year Adolf Hitler came to power.The palace took the unusual step of...

Date: 07/18/2015 | Nation & World

Sailor shot in Chattanoga attack dies

A sailor wounded in the attack in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Thursday died overnight from his wounds, the Navy and his family said.

Date: 07/17/2015 | Nation & World

Iraqis brave searing heat in finals days of Ramadan

BAGHDAD — Iraqi policeman Ziad Radi is no stranger to hot weather, but his sun-blasted face is testament that even for seasoned Iraqis, the weather on Thursday was almost too hot to bear.

Date: 07/17/2015 | Nation & World

Gunman kills 4 Marines in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A gunman unleashed a barrage of fire at a recruiting center and another U.S. military site a few miles apart in Chattanooga on Thursday, killing at least four Marines before he was shot to death by police, and sending service members scrambling for cover as...

Date: 07/17/2015 | Nation & World

4 Marines, gunman killed in Tennessee attacks

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A gunman unleashed a barrage of fire at a recruiting center and another U.S. military site a few miles apart in Chattanooga on Thursday, killing at least four Marines, officials said. The attacker was also killed.

Date: 07/16/2015 | Nation & World

Tank's hatch offered soldiers escape

The escape hatch located in the belly of the Sherman tank has long been a point of conjecture and a favorite and a favorite plot device for Hollywood movie-makers. As you can see, there is such a thing. This photo was shot of the FHC’s Sherman. Some say it was there for the crew...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Flight Paths

Nine names will live on in history, one in ignominy

In South Carolina these days, no one speaks his name.The 21-year-old man-boy, who allegedly murdered nine people and incited unity instead of the race war he hoped for, has been condemned to an eternal slog not toward fame but to ignominy.He is no one.

Date: 07/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A belated Bronze Star

89-year-old World War II vet surprised at picnic

Date: 07/15/2015 | Local News

Late Saudi official took diplomat’s long view

It was a measure of Prince Saud al-Faisal's skill as a diplomat that he helped sustain the long friendship between the United States and Saudi Arabia through events that could have (and maybe should have) shattered it — an oil embargo, several Arab-Israeli wars, the rise of...

Date: 07/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Top ISIS leader reported killed in U.S. strike

KABUL, Afghanistan — The top Islamic State leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been killed in a suspected U.S. drone strike in eastern Afghanistan, Afghan intelligence officials said Saturday, the latest in a series of American air assaults against militants in recent days.

Date: 07/12/2015 | Nation & World

General Lee would applaud lowering of Confederate flag

The past may not be past, as William Faulkner once put it. But it sure seems to be leaving.As I watched the broadcast of the Confederate battle flag being brought down from its post on the South Carolina State House grounds Friday morning, my thoughts went to Gen. Robert E.

Date: 07/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Lowering the flag and moving ahead

For most of my life, a flag representing white supremacist violence against black people flew at the capitol of my native state. It is a very big deal that this emblem of hatred and oppression is finally coming down.Gov. Nikki Haley was expansive after the state Legislature...

Date: 07/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A civil eye on Civil War

Viewpoints: Honoring history with civility, respect

Date: 07/12/2015 | Commentary

Report: Psychological Association colluded with U.S. interrogation

WASHINGTON — Leaders of the American Psychological Association secretly collaborated with officials at the Pentagon and CIA to weaken the association’s ethical guidelines and allow psychologists to take part in coercive interrogation programs after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, according to a report...

Date: 07/11/2015 | Nation & World

Islamic State’s online executions seek us as witnesses

Reporting about the Islamic State inevitably means watching their videos, but that's not something I would wish on anyone. The group has created a public theater of death on the Internet — beheading people, drowning them, burning them, breaking their bones.This extreme...

Date: 07/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Smartphone encryption worries U.S. officials

WASHINGTON — Federal law enforcement officials warned Wednesday that data encryption is making it harder to hunt for pedophiles and terror suspects, telling senators that consumers' right to privacy is not absolute and must be weighed against public-safety interests.

Date: 07/09/2015 | Business Wire

Which plane is which?

In the skies over Korea, the American F-86 Sabre and the Soviet-built MiG-15 looked quite similar. It was very difficult to tell one smoky silver speck from another. A few seconds of indecision could prove deadly. Even up close, the two planes still look quite similar — intake up...

Date: 07/09/2015 | Flight Paths

Lessons remain from Greatest Generation

On April 24, 1944, 2nd Lt. John R. Pedevillano was flying in a B-17 over Nazi territory when the fighters escorting his formation were drawn away in combat, leaving the bombers defenseless against air and ground fire for an hour.Sixteen U.S. planes went down, and Pedevillano...

Date: 07/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

S. Carolina Confederate flag comes down Friday

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina's governor relegated the Confederate flag to the state's "relic room" on Thursday, more than 50 years after the rebel banner began flying at the Statehouse to protest the civil rights movement.

Date: 07/08/2015 | Nation & World

U.S. has to do more than play whack-a-mole in Syria, Iraq

In the beginning there was Operation Overlord. Then came Operation Rolling Thunder, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom.Now the fight against the Islamic State has introduced a new concept into modern warfare. Call it Operation Whack-a-Mole.

Date: 07/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A WWII freedom fighter reflects

Arlington veteran still feels pride in helping defeat Hitler

Date: 07/06/2015 | Local News

Deadly strikes by US-led coalition targeting IS in Raqqa

BEIRUT — A series of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group’s stronghold of Raqqa in eastern Syria has killed at least 10 militants and wounded many others.The airstrikes were confirmed by the coalition, Raqqa-base activists and the Islamic State group.

Date: 07/05/2015 | Nation & World

McCain: Reassess Afghan troop withdrawal

KABUL, Afghanistan — The ongoing Taliban offensive in Afghanistan demands a reassessment of the Obama administration’s current plan to drawdown U.S. forces, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Saturday during a visit to the country’s capital.

Date: 07/05/2015 | Nation & World

Pentagon tries to cope with ‘hybrid warfare’

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is increasingly concerned about how to combat “hybrid warfare,” the combination of stealth invasion, local proxy forces and international propaganda that Russia used to annex Crimea and destabilize eastern Ukraine, U.S. officials said.

Date: 07/05/2015 | Nation & World

Germans seize WWII tank, other weapons in raid

BERLIN — Authorities seized a 45-ton Panther tank, a flak cannon and multiple other World War II-era military weapons in a raid on a 78-year-old collector’s home in northern Germany, prosecutors said Friday.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Nation & World

Public opinion mixed on Confederate flag

Politicians were tripping over themselves to call for the Confederate flag to be taken down in the wake of the Charleston shootings. But new polling has found Americans weren’t quite so decisive.In fact, for once, politicians might actually have gotten out ahead of public opinion.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Nation & World

U.S. deal with Iran guarantees it gets a bomb

The devil is not in the details. It's in the entire conception of the Iran deal, animated by President Obama's fantastical belief that he, uniquely, could achieve detente with a fanatical Islamist regime whose foundational purpose is to cleanse the Middle East of the poisonous...

Date: 07/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Seattle man charged with murder, terrorism in New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. — A Seattle man was indicted on murder and terrorism charges Thursday for allegedly shooting a New Jersey college student last year in a fit of rage over the U.S. government’s role in the Middle East, which authorities said is the first time a terror charge has been brought in the...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Northwest

Of course Obama should have said the n-word

Everything's relative when folks start debating what is and isn't acceptable conduct for the president of the United States: Recall that just a week into President Barack Obama's tenure, former White House chief of staff Andy Card insisted that Obama lacked proper respect for the...

Date: 06/28/2015 | Commentary

CIA photos of ‘black sites’ come to light, could complicate Guantanamo trials

Military prosecutors earlier this year learned about a massive cache of CIA photographs of its former overseas “black sites” while reviewing material collected for the Senate investigation of the agency’s interrogation program, according to U.S. officials.

Date: 06/27/2015 | Nation & World

Activists: IS fighters kill 200 civilians in Syrian town

BEIRUT — Islamic State fighters who launched a surprise attack on a Syrian border town massacred more than 200 civilians, including women and children, before they were killed and driven out by Kurdish forces, activists said on Saturday.

Date: 06/27/2015 | Nation & World

Tunisia weighs new security approach as tourists flee

TUNIS, Tunisia — Thousands of tourists fled from Tunisia on Saturday after the country’s worst terrorist attack killed 38 people — including 15 Britons — as the government struggles to prevent future jihadi attacks against the all-important tourism sector.

Date: 06/27/2015 | Nation & World

Flag was never about heritage

The Confederate battle flag, a blue cross with white stars on a field of red, is not a common sight in Washington state. It flies above private property or adorns T-shirts and bumperstickers. It likely will continue to do so. Those individuals who choose to fly the Confederate flag have...

Date: 06/26/2015 | Editorials

In retiring Confederate flag, take care not to overshoot

After a massacre like the one at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, our immediate reaction is to do something. Something, for politicians, means legislation. And for Democratic politicians, this means gun control.It's the all-purpose, go-to, knee-jerk...

Date: 06/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Dust off 2006 Iraq Study Group report

"The situation in Iraq is grave and deteriorating. ... Sectarian conflict is the principal challenge to stability."That's from the opening page of the 2006 Iraq Study Group report. Nine years later, it's haunting to revisit the bipartisan commission review...

Date: 06/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Confederate flag’s removal is least to be done

In a historic moment, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called late yesterday for removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the Statehouse grounds.It was the right thing to do and, to many of us, long overdue.Whatever arguments have been offered in the past for...

Date: 06/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists

We can’t allow those who want to kill to be armed

Maybe it was white rage that provoked a young man to kill nine innocent worshipers as they prayed. Maybe it was mental illness or some other twisted motivation. The one thing about which there can be no debate is that he had a gun.The gun is what ties the unspeakable...

Date: 06/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Portland man gets 7 years for funding suicide bomber

PORTLAND, Ore. — A former Portland city worker who provided money to a terrorist who carried out a deadly suicide bombing in Pakistan was sentenced Friday to seven years and three months in federal prison.

Date: 06/19/2015 | Northwest

Congress can set Obama’s war powers, but won’t

This is what it's like inside a vacuum:A half-dozen members of Congress and perhaps twice as many staffers sit quietly on the floor of the House. Two reporters sit in the press gallery, and a few dozen tourists, mostly in shorts and T-shirts, fidget in the public gallery.

Date: 06/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Kurds are willing to fight; let’s support them

It's time for a new strategy in Iraq and Syria. It begins by admitting that the old borders are gone, that a unified Syria or Iraq will never be reconstituted, that the Sykes-Picot map is defunct.We may not want to enunciate that policy officially. After all, it does...

Date: 06/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Arsonists attack ‘bread-and-fish’ church in Israel

JERUSALEM — Vandals set fire Thursday to a church marking the site where worshipers believe Jesus performed his bread-and-fish miracle, in an attack that police are investigating as a possible hate crime.

Date: 06/18/2015 | Nation & World

Getting a weary public to take security seriously

In November 2012, Jeh Johnson, who was then the Pentagon's general counsel, let himself speculate in a speech about al-Qaida, "How will this conflict end?" He foresaw a "tipping point" at which U.S. officials might be able to say that the group had been...

Date: 06/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

WWII history takes to the skies

Two of the fighters scheduled to take to the skies at the Flying Heritage Collection’s free Fly Day on June 20 made history as America’s top ace-makers during World War II. The U.S. Army’s North American P-51 Mustang flew in Europe and the Pacific. Flyers of the...

Date: 06/18/2015 | Flight Paths

‘Decapitation’ strikes have killed terrorist leaders, but not al-Qaida

WASHINGTON — In separate strikes last week on veteran al-Qaida leaders, the United States demonstrated again the extent to which it has perfected an almost eerie capability to find the world’s most wanted terrorism suspects in some of the world’s most chaotic environments and deliver lethal blows...

Date: 06/16/2015 | Nation & World

Two years after Snowden, what has changed?

Two years ago this month, a 29-year-old government contractor named Edward Snowden became the Daniel Ellsberg of his generation, delivering to journalists a tranche of secret documents shedding light on the government's national security apparatus. But whereas Ellsberg released the...

Date: 06/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Salmon project set to proceed on Smith Island near Everett

EVERETT — A massive earth-moving project to transform low-lying farmland along the Snohomish River delta into salmon habitat could break ground in August, after more than a decade of preparation.

Date: 06/15/2015 | Local News

Sunni-Shiite split makes defense of Iraq difficult

The Obama administration and the Islamic State both issued new manifestos for the battle in Iraq this week. Guess which one is more forceful?The U.S. plan is to add 450 additional military advisers who will train Sunni tribal fighters at an airbase in Anbar province. It's a...

Date: 06/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Should we keep fighting in Iraq if Iraqis won’t?

Don't feel bad if you're confused about what the United States is trying to accomplish in Iraq. President Obama doesn't seem to know, either — or else he won't say.Days after admitting that "we don't yet have a complete strategy" for training Iraqi...

Date: 06/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

‘Stalin’s Daughter’ chronicles extraordinary life of Soviet defector

“Wherever I go, whether to Australia or some island, I will always be the political prisoner of my father’s name.” Such was the lament of Svetlana Alliluyeva, whose life sentence it was to be the only daughter of Joseph Stalin.

Date: 06/14/2015 | Entertainment

Generals wary of deeper U.S. engagement in Iraq

As President Barack Obama was weighing how to halt Islamic State advances in Iraq, some of the strongest resistance to boosting U.S. involvement came from a surprising place: a war-weary military that has grown increasingly skeptical that force can prevail in a conflict fueled by...

Date: 06/13/2015 | Nation & World

Militants attack Egypt's Karnak temple

LUXOR, Egypt — Militants tried to attack the ancient temple of Karnak in southern Egypt on Wednesday, with a suicide bomber blowing himself up and two gunmen battling police. No sightseers were hurt in the thwarted assault, but it suggested that Islamic extremists are shifting...

Date: 06/11/2015 | Nation & World

More U.S. troops to aid Iraq

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama ordered the deployment of up to 450 more American troops to Iraq on Wednesday in an effort to reverse major battlefield losses to the Islamic State, an escalation but not a significant shift in the struggling U.S. strategy to defeat the extremist group.

Date: 06/11/2015 | Nation & World

SEAL Team 6 and the secret history of U.S. kill missions in Afghanistan

As the U.S. military focused heavily on the Iraq war in 2006, the general in charge of the secretive Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) noticed something alarming: The Taliban was regrouping in Afghanistan, and the United States didn’t have the manpower there to stop it.

Date: 06/07/2015 | Nation & World

Washington soldier who killed 16 Afghans says he was ‘consumed by war’

TACOMA — The U.S. soldier who murdered 16 Afghan villagers in 2012 says he had lost compassion for Iraqis and Afghans over the course of his four combat deployments.

Date: 06/07/2015 | Northwest

Fall of Assad in Syria might only complicate matters for U.S.

The regime of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria is facing what U.S. experts say is the most intense pressure since the early days of the four-year civil war. This new squeeze poses some stark choices for America, Russia, Iran and Syria's neighbors."Based on current...

Date: 06/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Bush name may prove more hinderance than help to Jeb

Jeb Bush's last name comes with advantages that are difficult to overstate. In a presidential race, he gets, among other things, instant name recognition and a built-in fundraising apparatus from his father and brother. Those assets alone explain why a man who hasn't won an election in...

Date: 06/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Revolutionary War replica makes a splash in U.S.

Like an apparition, the 17-story ship glided through the cool morning mist, its towering skeleton of masts and two sternward flags — one French and one a 13-starred American — visible from shore.Forty-eight days after its launch and 237 years since its story...

Date: 06/06/2015 | Nation & World

"Universal wing" became one size fits all for weaponry

The FHC’s Spitfire Mk. Vc has what is called a "universal wing." The wing design is less complex than earlier models and thus was able to be build quicker. One interesting aspect of the new wing was it allowed squadrons to pick the types of weaponry they would like to...

Date: 06/05/2015 | Flight Paths

Still going strong

100-year-old volunteer restores planes for Museum of Flight

Date: 06/05/2015 | Local News

Online encryption hinders U.S. terror monitors

WASHINGTON — The growing use of encrypted communications and private messaging by supporters of the Islamic State group is complicating efforts to monitor terror suspects and extremists, U.S. law enforcement officials said Wednesday.Appearing before the House Homeland...

Date: 06/04/2015 | Nation & World

Putin's budget hides shift to war economy

MOSCOW — If Vladimir Putin's ends remain mysterious, so do the means.Putin is allocating unprecedented amounts of secret funds to accelerate Russia's largest military buildup since the Cold War, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The part of the federal budget...

Date: 06/04/2015 | Nation & World

Who’s afraid of the NSA?

Do I trust the federal government? Hell no. President Barack Obama's Department of Justice is happy to spend years investigating a foreign soccer organization for corruption and former Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert for allegedly paying off a blackmailer — but...

Date: 06/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists

End of Patriot Act restores some privacy

I made a phone call at 12:01 a.m. Monday, and it felt good. For the first time in years, the number I dialed on my iPhone was not captured and stored in a massive government database.Since it was an inconvenient hour, I called my office phone, knowing it would go to...

Date: 06/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Getting ISIS intelligence will require risks

The unexpected fall of Ramadi to the Islamic State last month is the latest sign of a basic intelligence problem: The U.S. doesn't know enough about its jihadist adversaries to combat them effectively.This intelligence deficit afflicts the military, the CIA and other...

Date: 06/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Conflict of arms deals, donations should have been clear to Clinton

Among all the rivers of money that have flowed to the Clinton family, one seems to raise the biggest national security questions of all: the stream of cash that came from 20 foreign governments who relied on weapons export approvals from Hillary Clinton's State Department.

Date: 05/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists

If Republicans have better idea for defeating ISIS, let’s hear it

Critics of the way President Obama is dealing with the Islamic State should be required to specify what alternative steps they would take — and how their strategies would make a difference.Republican presidential candidates are unanimous in charging that Obama's...

Date: 05/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Senate must act quickly to adopt compromise at heart of the USA Freedom Act

On the contentious issue of bulk phone metadata collection by the National Security Agency, the big story is remarkably positive. Two years after Edward Snowden revealed the program and charged that it exceeds the agency's lawful authority under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, a...

Date: 05/31/2015 | Commentary

Rand Paul vows to force expiration of Patriot Act

WASHINGTON — Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., vowed that he would force the Patriot Act to expire Sunday when the Senate reconvenes after not taking action last week to extend or replace a controversial surveillance program.

Date: 05/30/2015 | Nation & World

Flaws revealed in Boeing anti-missile system

WASHINGTON — Two serious technical flaws have been identified in the ground-launched anti-missile interceptors that the United States would rely on to defend against a nuclear attack by North Korea.

Date: 05/30/2015 | Business Wire

WWII vet's survival story

Edmonds man, 96, tells harrowing tale of ship's sinking

Date: 05/29/2015 | Local News

Cruz moved Obama’s ‘red line’ in Syria

As he prepared for his presidential run over the last year or so, a hawkish Sen. Ted Cruz has said U.S. policy in the Middle East and elsewhere is a mess because of President Obama's weakness — particularly his failure to enforce his own "red line" after the Syrian...

Date: 05/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Iraq wasn’t a just mistake; it was a distortion of facts

Of course it was a mistake. It's the gentlest among many applicable words, but that simple question about invading Iraq flummoxes every Republican presidential candidate. Even with different framing, "knowing what we know now" versus the less hypothetical "was it a...

Date: 05/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton’s email chats with friend on Libya offer look inside D.C.

Secretaries of state have had private contacts since the job was created, so it's a mistake to get too indignant about Hillary Clinton's email exchanges about Libya with her longtime friend, Sidney Blumenthal. Still, these messages offer some useful insights about the court politics of...

Date: 05/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Biden reassures Iraqi prime minister of US support

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden reassured Iraq’s government on Monday of U.S. support in the fight against the Islamic State group, telephoning Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi with thanks for “the enormous sacrifice and bravery of Iraqi forces” one day after Defense Secretary Ash Carter...

Date: 05/25/2015 | Nation & World

Afghan official: 19 police, 7 soldiers dead in ongoing siege

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Taliban gunmen have surrounded a police compound in the volatile southern province of Helmand after killing 19 policemen and seven soldiers in an ongoing siege, a senior police officer said on Monday from inside the compound.

Date: 05/25/2015 | Nation & World

Virtual memorial only missing 6 pictures of fallen county veterans

EVERETT — Sally Hopkins saw her late brother's name last year in a story about the Wall of Faces, a virtual memorial for veterans killed in the Vietnam War.

Date: 05/25/2015 | Local News

Veterans’ stories, our history

Stories and photos help us keep our memories fresh, our thoughts of family and friends alive.Sally Hopkins offered up a photo of her late brother, Edward Hopkins, a Snohomish County man and Army sergeant, to add to the Wall of Faces, an online memorial that puts photos to...

Date: 05/25/2015 | Editorials

Syrian: Islamic militants break into Palmyra’s museum

DAMASCUS, Syria — Islamic State fighters broke into the museum of Palmyra, though a Syrian official said its artifacts have been removed and are safe while the U.S.-led coalition conducted airstrikes on the group’s installations near the captured ancient town — the first such reported attack in the...

Date: 05/24/2015 | Nation & World

Iraqis fleeing battle; maybe we should, too

If Iraqis won't fight for their nation's survival, why on earth should we?This is the question posed by the fall of Ramadi, which revealed the emptiness at the core of U.S. policy. President Obama's critics are missing the point: Ultimately, it doesn't matter how many troops...

Date: 05/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Islamists tighten grip on Palmyra

BAGHDAD — Islamic State militants tightened their hold on the Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday, leaving decapitated bodies of suspected opponents in the streets as announcements from mosque loudspeakers urged residents to turn in government soldiers.

Date: 05/22/2015 | Nation & World

To survive, Iraq needs unified effort by Baghdad and D.C.

President Obama is rightly pushing Iraqi leaders to unite and take action after the fall of Ramadi last weekend. But he needs to mobilize his own administration's efforts so that one person drives U.S. military and political strategy against the Islamic State.Political...

Date: 05/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Hypothetically, should we have left Iraq in ’11?

Ramadi falls. The Iraqi army flees. The great 60-nation anti-Islamic State coalition so grandly proclaimed by the Obama administration is nowhere to be seen. Instead, it's the defense minister of Iran who flies into Baghdad, an unsubtle demonstration of who's in charge — while the...

Date: 05/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Germany's 88-millimeter cannon terrorized Allied pilots

One of Germany’s most respected weapons was the 88-millimeter cannon. This powerful gun was much-feared by Allied flyers, tankers and infantry men. In the air, fighter pilots were instructed to change course every seven to ten seconds to keep an 88 shell from exploding nearby.

Date: 05/21/2015 | Flight Paths

Fall of Ramadi points to weaknesses in Iraq plan

The capture of Ramadi last weekend by Islamic State fighters is a significant setback for U.S. strategy in Iraq and shows that, nearly a year after the extremists overran Mosul, the U.S. still doesn't have a viable plan for protecting the country's Sunni areas. The collapse...

Date: 05/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Freedom Act would roll back NSA’s abuses

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, isn't worried that, absent a Senate vote, key provisions of the Patriot Act are slated to sunset May 31. The GOP presidential hopeful told "Meet the Press" on Sunday that a federal appeals court found the data-gathering authorized under the...

Date: 05/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Kids track Monroe’s WWII fallen soldiers

MONROE — Eighth-graders here have been working after school to preserve a piece of history.

Date: 05/18/2015 | Local News

One can’t offer a clear answer; the other won’t answer at all

Jeb Bush promised he would be his "own man," and this week he proved it — alas for him.The former Florida governor, often regarded as the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, managed over an extraordinary 72 hours to demonstrate that he...

Date: 05/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

U.S. summit with Gulf Arab leaders upbeat

President Obama's meeting with Arab leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council at Camp David ended with surprisingly upbeat statements and an "unequivocal" U.S. commitment "to deter and confront" any future aggression from Iran."The U.S.-G.C.C.

Date: 05/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

End sweep-up of phone data

Americans cherish their privacy — as much as they value their security.Those two values are in some conflict as Congress considers the fate of the Patriot Act, the legislation passed to strengthen national security controls following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist...

Date: 05/17/2015 | Editorials

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