I was shocked to learn that The Civil Wars' Joy Williams and John Paul White were married, but not to each other: There's blissful, swooning chemistry as they stare into each other's eyes and sing magnificently together. For a moment, I almost felt duped, and then I remembered what I'd heard and all was set right again.
President Barack Obama speaks to about 150 soldiers during his visit to Fort Drum, New York. The president thanked the soldiers one day after announcing a drawdown of troops from Afghanistan during a televised address to the nation. The soldiers, assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team, were among the first to deploy to Afghanistan following the attacks on 9/11.
Peter Feaver is the director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy. He was special advisor for strategic planning and institutional reform on the National Security Council staff at the White House from 2005-2007.