Regions / North America
In his first National Security Strategy (NSS), President Barack Obama Thursday pledged to maintain Washington's "military superiority" but stressed that the persistence of the nation's global power will depend more on the health of its domestic economy and international cooperation.
Graduates of the class of 2010, I'm honored to have been asked to address you today, but I would not want to be you.
In a May 11 Washington Times editorial, Frank Gaffney, Ed Meese, Clifford May, and four additional coauthors called for a "renewed adherence to the national security philosophy of President Ronald Reagan: 'Peace Through Strength.'"
Mention "The Insular Empire" to the average American, and they'd likely have no idea what you were talking about. They probably still wouldn't get it if you gave them another clue: "America in the Mariana Islands." These are the title and subtitle of a new film by Vanessa Warheit, which began screening on PBS earlier this year.
President Obama should not bow to the Beltway voices urging him to keep U.S. troops longer in Iraq.
U.S.-Mexican relations might look at little different in the age of Obama, but the Bush-era priorities remain the same.
Despite spending more than half a billion dollars over the last quarter century, U.S. government broadcasts to Cuba have gained only a tiny audience and have had virtually no effect on the island's politics, according to a new report by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
In the wake of the environmental disaster caused by the 20 April explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig, the oil multinational was immediately pressured into providing adequate compensation by the US government. This is an experience palpably not shared by Nigerian people in the face of another multinational, Shell, in the country's Niger Delta.
Some countries are starting to think that it's time to move on from the USA.
The Department of Defense plans to relocate 8,600 Marines from Okinawa (Japan) to Guam, provide additional live-fire training sites, expand Andersen Air Force Base, create berthing for a nuclear aircraft carrier, and erect a missile defense system on the island.