Blame the House, not the Constitution, for the speaker mess

On the surface, the gridlock caused by the Republican Party’s failure to elect a speaker of the House of Representatives looks like a dysfunction of our old-fashioned Constitution.

Time to rethink CDC’s failing COVID booster strategy

If officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were hoping that tying an annual COVID booster to the fall flu shot would increase uptake, it isn’t working.

In new global order, Americans and Kurds need to continue to work together

As the U.S. focuses on big global challenges and gets away from American costs in blood and treasure in the Middle East, it must not walk away all together from supporting its allies and friends in the region.

Israel and Ukraine? Americans should remember that it’s the same war on 2 fronts

Putting all other obvious moral and strategic considerations aside, America simply has a vital interest in maintaining its credibility to keep its commitments not just to Ukraine and Israel, but to our broader coalition of allies.

4 myths exposed by the Hamas attack on Israel

America can have retrenchment from the Middle East, or it can have a tolerable situation there — but it can’t have both. The sooner America and Israel learn these and other lessons of this crisis, the better positioned they will be for the difficult times ahead.

Even the US military has a fake parts problem

As the fallout from a spate of fake jet engine parts ripples across the globe, civil aviation operators and regulators may take some solace in the dark truth that they’re not alone. Even the world’s most powerful military has suffered at the hands of counterfeit goods slipping into its supply chain, and is struggling to close loopholes and train personnel to stamp out the problem.

Indonesia’s strategic importance enhances profile of its presidential election

One very viable successor to Indonesia President Joko Widodo (Jogowi) is part of the current government: former general and current Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, who has run for the office of president twice before.

Parochial politics must not imperil a fiscally responsible Marine Corps transformation

The Marine Corps’ transformation plan, Force Design 2030, represents a groundbreaking approach to military evolution. Yet, this vision is jeopardized by multiple factors — congressional unwillingness to decommission costly, outdated ships and the new commandant’s push for unduly rapid implementation.

Israel should not fight its war alone

Even now, the full scale of the horror visited on Israel by Hamas terrorists last weekend is hard to fathom.

No, Palestinians can’t just leave Gaza

Why don’t they just leave? The short answer to that question is: They can’t. Before I explain why, consider the lay of the land and the situation in which Gazans find themselves right now.

In 2 videos, Hamas has already lost the war of images

Hamas’ defeat in the war of images will have consequences for the real war Israel has declared against the group and for the Palestinian civilians who, as ever, are bearing the brunt of Israel’s vengeance.

The circus came around on wild animals. So must we.

The time has come for all industries to recognize animals as sentient beings worthy of respect and protection.

New Biden immigration policies face uphill battle

The immigration issue has hit Democratic strongholds up north, prompting new moves from the Biden administration.

More bloodshed will never resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict

There is no justification for violence against civilians — not by militants and not by governments. The surprise attack by Hamas, as its fighters surged across the border with Gaza and into Israelis’ homes and neighborhoods, taking hostages and leaving more than 1,000 dead, has shaken the nation to its core, and shocked the world.

Iran’s entanglements permeate Israel-Hamas conflict

We still don’t know exactly what role Iran played in Saturday’s attack on Israel by Hamas, but there’s growing evidence that Tehran’s client at least asked permission, and that means Israeli and U.S. policymakers will have to factor it into their responses.

Military families live right next door: The resources exist to fully welcome them

Blue Star Families and Nextdoor are coming together to help all of us understand the challenges met by military families on the move and celebrate our shared communities.

America’s political dysfunction is harming our reputation and national security

As our political representatives can barely accomplish the most basic governing obligations, our adversaries delight, and our allies wonder if we can be counted on as reliable partners.

Pay snag is an avoidable threat this wildfire season

A failure to act on federal firefighter pay is a gamble on lives, property and natural resources — and recent tragedies remind us that we can ill afford to take chances.

Managers, stop overlooking female workers’ potential

Why don’t managers learn to see women’s potential, especially when women keep outperforming their expectations? It stems from a phenomenon that Joan C. Williams, a longtime scholar of gender and race in the workplace, labels “prove-it-again” bias.