Today's Headlines and Commentary
Today’s Headlines and Commentary
of the 46 recommendations offered by a presidential review panel on government surveillance activities, the one that suggests that the NSA ramp down its efforts against encryption may be met by with a mixture of outrage and laughter in the halls of the agency.
To overcome what he calls “the tyranny of distance,” [the new top Army commander in the Pacific, Gen. Vincent K.] Brooks is trying to make his forces more maritime and expeditionary . . . . To the Marine Corps, however, Brooks is committing the military equivalent of copyright infringement.
The National Intelligence Estimate, an assessment compiled with the input of the country's 16 intelligence agencies, predict that gains made during the past three years in Afghanistan will erode by 2017. The Post reports.
as this year ends, the jihadist group’s regional affiliates have dramatically reasserted themselves in multiple countries, carrying out spectacular attacks and inflicting increasing levels of carnage . . . . The affiliates’ regeneration became so apparent over the course of this year that President Barack Obama was forced to clarify that his administration’s various claims of al Qaeda’s decimation were limited to the core leadership in Pakistan alone.
I may not have been on the ground in Afghanistan, but I watched parts of the conflict in great detail on a screen for days on end. I know the feeling you experience when you see someone die. Horrifying barely covers it . . . . UAV troops are victim to not only the haunting memories of this work that they carry with them, but also the guilt of always being a little unsure of how accurate their confirmations of weapons or identification of hostile individuals were.
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