from Photographers' Blog:

Into the night: Covert travel with President Obama

May 5, 2012

By Kevin Lamarque

First there is the phone call. It’s a quiet Sunday afternoon in Washington when the phone rings. “Can you be at the White House for a meeting in four hours? I can’t tell you why, but we need you to be there.”

from Tales from the Trail:

Washington Extra – ‘Wild ride’ ends

May 3, 2012

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (L) and his wife, Callista walk together after he suspended his bid for the GOP presidential nomination in Arlington, Virginia, May 2, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Downing

from Tales from the Trail:

Washington Extra – An anniversary observed

May 2, 2012

Troops at Bagram Air Base listen to U.S. President Barack Obama speak during his visit to Kabul, May 2, 2012. Earlier, Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the Strategic Partnership Agreement at the Presidential Palace. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

from Expert Zone:

Osama bin Laden’s ideology thriving a year after his death

By C. Uday Bhaskar
May 1, 2012

(The views expressed in this column are the author's own and do not represent those of Reuters)

from David Rohde:

An American intervention gone partly right

By David Rohde
April 27, 2012

SARAJEVO – Seventeen years and $17 billion later, Bosnia is at peace today, but it is stillborn.

from Expert Zone:

The U.S. must move cautiously on Taliban reconciliation

By Lisa Curtis
April 27, 2012

(The views expressed in this column are the author’s own and do not represent those of Reuters)

from Expert Zone:

U.S.-Afghan agreement: Issues to be addressed

By S K Chatterji
April 26, 2012

(The views expressed in this column are the author's own and do not represent those of Reuters)

from The Great Debate:

Are we deluding ourselves about Afghanistan?

By Daniel L. Davis
April 25, 2012

Over the past month, a veritable who’s who of American opinion makers have been on the major television networks and in the most prestigious print media strongly reinforcing the notion that America’s mission in Afghanistan is “on track.” To be sure, they admit, there are “challenges” and “rough patches,” but the overall trajectory of the war is going according to the timelines laid out in the 2010 Lisbon Agreement. With so much star power locked virtually arm in arm, there are few who would publicly contend with such a group; most accept their stance without challenge.

from The Human Impact:

“No choice” for Afghan girls brought up as boys

April 2, 2012

In Afghanistan’s largely conservative, male-dominated society, a son is often viewed as a family’s most valuable resource.

from The Great Debate:

Who’s to blame when an injured soldier kills civilians?

By Mac McClelland
March 23, 2012

"It would probably be best for the military if they could execute Bales right now and send his pieces to Afghanistan." That’s what National Veterans Foundation founder Floyd Meshad told me this week while we were talking about Staff Sergeant Robert Bales and the insanity or diminished-capacity defense Bales's attorney apparently intends to use. Bales was formally charged today with slaughtering 17 Afghan civilians earlier this month in Kandahar.