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David Ignatius: Obama's foreign policy shortcomings

WASHINGTON — When Attorney General Eric Holder says that the Islamic State that has taken root in Iraq and Syria poses a "deadly" threat, and that he has "extreme, extreme concern" about its bomb-makers, that sounds like an emergency. Yet the Obama administration hasn't settled on a coordina…

July 22, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

FE Warren Air Base gaining 240 personnel

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A push to boost the nation's intercontinental ballistic missile force will mean about 240 more airmen at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne.

July 19, 2014 9:11 pmLoading…
As 'fresh eyes,' James targeted nuke missile ills

As 'fresh eyes,' James targeted nuke missile ills

WASHINGTON — When Deborah Lee James became top boss of the Air Force seven months ago she had no inkling a nuclear crisis was brewing. But once it erupted in the form of exam-cheating by dozens of missile launch officers, she quickly announced conclusions that no Air Force leader before her …

July 14, 2014 9:50 am Related Loading…

David Ignatius: Obama's cautious policy on global challenges

WASHINGTON — In President Obama's sometimes maddeningly cautious foreign policy, you can see him struggling to answer what may be the hardest question of his presidency: How should the United States project power in a disorderly world without making the same mistakes it did in Iraq and Afghanistan?

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Zinke record questioned at House GOP debate

Zinke record questioned at House GOP debate

HELENA — The five Republican U.S. House candidates agreed on some issues in their final debate in Kalispell on Wednesday night, but several called into question the conservative credentials of state Sen. Ryan Zinke, of Whitefish.

May 28, 2014 10:05 pm Photos

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David Ignatius: Gangs take over in Iraq's never-ending war

AMMAN, Jordan — Iraq appears to be slipping back into civil war, and Sheik Zaydan Aljabiri, one of the political leaders of the Sunni insurgent group known as the Tribal Revolutionaries, seems confident that his side is winning.

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David Ignatius: Ukraine poses existential crisis for Obama, too

WASHINGTON — As President Obama looks at the Ukraine crisis, he sees an asymmetry of interests: Simply put, the future of Ukraine means more to Vladimir Putin’s Russia than it does to the U.S. or Europe. For Putin, this is an existential crisis; for the West, so far, it isn’t, as the limited…

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Wyoming Guard program transforms teenagers

RAWLINS, Wyo. — Their motto is simple — courage to change.

March 30, 2014 1:49 pmLoading…

David Ignatius: In Syria, a moderate rebel with a just cause

WASHINGTON — With the Ukraine crisis, any fleeting hope that the U.S. and Russia could soon broker a political settlement in Syria has vanished. The U.S. needs an alternate strategy for strengthening Syrian moderates who can resist both the brutal Bashar al-Assad regime and al-Qaida extremists.

March 13, 2014 2:33 pmLoading…

David Ignatius: Spymasters' conclave on Syria

WASHINGTON — Western and Arab intelligence services that support Syria’s struggling opposition gathered for a two-day strategy meeting in Washington last week that appears to signal a stronger effort to back the rebels.

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10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

February 10, 2014 7:09 pm
When do nuclear missteps put security in jeopardy?

When do nuclear missteps put security in jeopardy?

WASHINGTON — At what point do breakdowns in discipline put the country's nuclear security in jeopardy?

January 20, 2014 4:45 pm Related Loading…

Guest opinion: Snowden’s action protected democracy

WASHINGTON — Edward Snowden is a courageous American hero and will be remembered as one long after the “war on terror” is replaced by some other pretext for violating Americans’ constitutional rights and the rest of the world’s national sovereignty, privacy and, sometimes, security.

January 15, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Hidden consequences of Snowden revelations

WASHINGTON — There is more than a little hypocrisy to the outcry that the government, through the National Security Agency, is systematically destroying Americans’ right to privacy. Edward Snowden’s revelations have been stripped of their social, technological and historical context. Unless …

January 08, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
North Dakota among states picked for drone research site

North Dakota among states picked for drone research site

The Federal Aviation Administration announced six states on Monday that will develop test sites for drones, a critical next step for the march of the unmanned aircraft into U.S. skies.

December 30, 2013 12:15 pmLoading…

George F. Will: O'Connell would fashion needed immigration compromise

WASHINGTON — One reason Washington makes so much bad history is that so many people here know so little history. This helps explain why “comprehensive” immigration reform is foundering: Too few of today’s legislators know what happened 163 years ago.

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George F. Will: Budget sequester remains the hammer in Republicans' hands

WASHINGTON — Liberals constantly lecture, more in theatrical sorrow than in actual anger, about their eagerness to compromise with Republicans, just not with Republicans who are — liberal moderation expresses itself immoderately — hostage-taking, terroristic, anarchistic, jihadist suicide bo…

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Ignatius: Disturbing new account of Syrian chemicals on the move

WASHINGTON — A high-level defector has provided a disturbing new account of Syrian chemical weapons operations — including an allegation that some of these weapons have been moved since Russia proposed an international monitoring scheme to destroy the toxic munitions.

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David Ignatius: Worldwide surveillance: Less privacy outside U.S.

WASHINGTON — With the global furor over the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities, you might think that other governments are refraining from such intrusive monitoring. But recent reports by U.S. technology companies make clear that foreign governments are aggressively compellin…

September 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Pay for veterans’ care now, or pay more later

When the next generation looks back on Iraq and Afghanistan they will see that one of the steepest costs of these wars was the obligation we incurred to our veterans.

August 21, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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