Peace and Security

Sandra Bullock’s New Film Gets History Oh So Wrong

Sandra Bullock’s New Film Gets History Oh So Wrong

Sandra Bullock's latest film flopped. And it deserved to — but not only because of its inability to entertain. A comic political drama based on a documentary of the same name, Our Brand Is Crisis is a fictionalized retelling of how U.S. political consultants got an...

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The CIA Is an Ethics-Free Zone

The CIA Is an Ethics-Free Zone

I joined the CIA in January 1990. The CIA was vastly different back then from the agency that emerged in the days after the 9/11 attacks. And it was a far cry from the flawed and confused organization it is today. One reason for those flaws — and for the convulsions...

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How Rabid Extremists Exiled a 14-Year-Old

How Rabid Extremists Exiled a 14-Year-Old

Our country's pack of foam-at-the-mouth, mad-dog, right-wing extremists just scored another win. For weeks, a crazed pack of these howlers had stalked, snarled, and snapped at a 14-year-old boy from Texas. Why was he under such a furious assault? Because his name is...

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Hillary Clinton Hasn’t Learned a Thing from Iraq

Hillary Clinton Hasn’t Learned a Thing from Iraq

As the first Democratic presidential debate drew to a close, moderator Anderson Cooper posed a question to Hillary Clinton: How might her presidency differ from Barack Obama's? Clinton smiled. “Well, I think it's pretty obvious,” she replied to rapturous applause....

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Another Day, Another Massacre

Another Day, Another Massacre

Yes, it’s happened again. A man with a legally acquired arsenal walked onto a college campus. Moments later, 10 people were dead, and nearly as many wounded. Sick to your stomach? Of course you are. Surprised? Didn’t think so. Like Aurora, Newtown, and a lengthy list...

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Will the Carnage Ever Cease?

Will the Carnage Ever Cease?

I’ve written at least 75 columns on gun control over the years. It might have been as many as 100. Every time some demented loser would haul a gun — usually some sort of automatic — into a public place and lay waste around him (it’s always a him), I would get on my...

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Pope Francis and the Pain of Prisoners

Pope Francis and the Pain of Prisoners

During his historic U.S. visit, Pope Francis made headlines for speaking truth to power at the United Nations and the Capitol. But the “people’s pope” also addressed the powerless. Everywhere he went, he called on Americans to treat our undocumented immigrants better....

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