Donald Rumsfeld

A young boy is shown with his right hand up to his face shielding the sun with armored military vehicles shown in the distance.

Afghanistan’s arc from 9/11 to today: Once hopeful, now sad

Afghans understood the mission against Osama bin Laden to mean a chance to secure their future — a future as murky on that day as it is today. In those post-2001 months and years, they believed in the power of “the foreigners.”

Attendees wave Chinese flags during a ceremony at Tiananmen Square to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Chinese Communist Party in Beijing

Chinese Communist Party 100 years: Xi warns China won’t be bullied

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US Army soldier is show firing a howitzer weapon, the exhaust of which has made piles of rocks fly on opposite sides of the artillary.

Analysis: Why the US is to blame for its own defeat in Afghanistan

A member of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) takes his position during a patrol looking for militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in a neighborhood in Ramadi, July 23, 2014.

Iraq is in serious trouble. Here’s how it got there

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Experts say foreign policy largely irrelevant when U.S. voters head to ballot box

Examining 10 years of US counterterrorism

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A new book details how US counterterrorism efforts evolved in the 10 years after 9/11 from a kill-and-capture strategy to one of Cold War deterrence.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates accused of ignoring sexual assaults

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The last two U.S. Secretaries of Defense, Robert Gates and Donald Rumsfeld, are named in a lawsuit saying they turned a blind eye to sexual assaults in the military.

Donald Rumsfeld sued for alleged torture

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Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld sued over the alleged torture of three U.S. citizens who worked as contractors in Iraq.

Anti-terrorism strategy under Obama

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Barack Obama will have to decide whether to continue President Bush’s policy of crossing borders to go after Al Qaeda.

Pentagon Insider Steve Bucci Admits ‘Bad Assumptions’ About Iraq, 10 Years On

When Steve Bucci agreed to talk to The World about the invasion of Iraq I expected to run into lots of defensive deflection. Bucci was part of the inner circle at the Pentagon at the time of the invasion, as a military assistant to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.