The film "Casablanca" has many famous lines, but none more immortal than Capt. Renault's order after seeing a Nazi officer shot by Humphrey Bogart's character, Rick Blaine: "Round up the usual suspects." He issues that command to give the impression he's trying to solve the crime. In the aftermath of the Newtown massacre, the Renault approach is alive and well.
Do religious conservatives operate far outside the American mainstream and represent a serious threat to our pluralistic democracy?
"..Are you offended when people pray out loud in public places?" I asked my interview guest. It was 2006 and U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman, a Democrat, was on his way to losing with his own party.
There's nothing like bitter experience to test glib theories. But presidents can be remarkably slow learners, such is the power of their more cherished -- and fixed -- ideas.
I go on record as one who believes that Seal Team Six dispatched Osama bin Laden with a shot to the head and chest in Pakistan. But I do understand the suspicions of people less trusting than I.
When, oh, when is the Obama administration going to recognize the rebels in Benghazi as that country's legitimate government?
President Obama's decision to participate in the air campaign against Moammar Gaddafi's regime is a vast improvement over previous policy, a victory for human rights idealists within the administration, and the application of an important international standard known as "the responsibility to protect."
The civil war in Libya was barely underway before some American politicians were insisting the United States crash the party.
The response of our State Department spokesman, P.J. Crowley, to the murder of two U.S. Airmen and the wounding of two others in Germany was firmly noncommittal. Crowley was unwilling to call the incident terrorism.
Many parents and taxpayers feel the problem is overwhelming for one person and there is nothing they can do. There are several things individuals can do to make a difference.
Political pundits of a certain stripe have been lamenting the disappearance of Republican moderates for years. It's time now to lament the disappearance of moderate Democrats.
The Army consistently gave Hasan positive evaluations and promoted him to major in 2009, says the Senate Homeland Security and Government Oversight Committee in a report released last week.