Great problems facing the United States' competitors mean Washington has much-needed space on the international stage.
Though less successful this year, the pirates still increase the cost of sailing around the Horn of Africa.
Top-tier diplomats are disciplined in what they say, in how they think and administer.
Just as the current political stalemate will paralyze Obama domestically, reality will limit him abroad.
Contrary to popular belief, the Sinaloa Federation leader is as violent as any in Mexico's drug war.
The nation's primary ground branch is becoming a contingency force.
Polls say the U.S. presidential election will be very close. This does not mean U.S. society is as deeply divided as it might first appear.
Law enforcement officials learn a lot from what they find at the time of arrest.