Peace and Security

What Would the Founders Do?

What Would the Founders Do?

The soldiers who fought the Revolutionary War were our first veterans, the only cohort of U.S. warriors who took up arms to create rather than defend a country. If they lost, it meant treason. Having won, the nation treated them with a special reverence, right?...

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Don’t Ask the Pentagon Where Its Money Goes

Don’t Ask the Pentagon Where Its Money Goes

President Barack Obama proudly signed the law that repealed the Pentagon's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, freeing lesbian, gay, and bisexual Americans (although not trans people) to openly serve in the military four years ago. But when it comes to budgeting, the...

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Irked by Israel’s Foot-Dragging

Irked by Israel’s Foot-Dragging

In his recent meeting with President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was "committed to the vision of peace for two states for two peoples." That sounds nice. But Netanyahu has done everything possible to demonstrate that he's not...

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Off to War We Go

Off to War We Go

Here we go again — into yet another war in a tumultuous swath of the world we still don't comprehend. For a preview of what we're stepping into in Iraq and Syria, let's remember Afghanistan. In the yesteryear of the Cheney-Bush regime, the promise was that our Afghan...

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Obama’s Dumb War

Obama’s Dumb War

If Barack Obama owes his presidency to one thing, it was the good sense he had back in 2002 to call the Iraq War what it was: "dumb." Now, with scarcely a whisper of debate, Obama has become the fourth consecutive U.S. president to bomb Iraq — and in fact has outdone...

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The Not-So-Good News about the Border Crisis

The Not-So-Good News about the Border Crisis

Did you notice that all that fuss over those Central American kids who were crossing the U.S. border alone suddenly died down? As recently as June, more than 10,000 children fleeing unchecked gang violence in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala made it here over the...

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Snooping on Everyone While the Big Box Thieves Get Busy

Snooping on Everyone While the Big Box Thieves Get Busy

In a more innocent time not so long ago, perhaps only a million or so people in this country fell under the government's suspecting glare. Achieving that distinctively fat FBI file might have required marching against a war or traveling to leftist lands. These days,...

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Corporate Tax Deserters

Corporate Tax Deserters

Corporations love to wrap themselves in the flag with sun-drenched TV commercials that proclaim a deep devotion to American workers and communities. But when it comes to actually taking responsibility for supporting the workers and communities that create the...

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