GAO: Pentagon’s Finances Are a Mess

Chuck Hagel

The Pentagon has roughly $7.2 billion in excess equipment, gave out more than $1 billion in improper payments, and wasted billions on a system for the Air Force to account for its inventory, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

What Containment Really Is

George F. Kennan, former ambassador to Moscow  / AP

Since the Russian invasion of Crimea, President Barack Obama has repeatedly asserted that “this is not another Cold War.” Yet in a front-page story in the Sunday New York Times, Peter Baker reports that the president and his advisers have chosen “to forge a new long-term approach to Russia that applies an updated version of the Cold War strategy of containment.” Their ambition, Baker says, is nothing less than to isolate Russia, “making it a pariah state.”

Lost in Translation

Navy SEALs / AP

“An autobiography is a book a person writes about his own life and it is usually full of all sorts of boring details,” Roald Dahl informed his young readers. And even if a person’s life is exceptional, there’s still no guarantee it will be worth reading.