Peace and Security

Not Much Better than Bush

Not Much Better than Bush

President Barack Obama got it right when he declared: "There's no military solution inside of Iraq, certainly not one that is led by the United States." But his Iraq track record doesn't mark much of an improvement over the mess his predecessor made. The June takeover...

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Hillary Clinton’s Real Scandal Is Honduras, Not Benghazi

Hillary Clinton’s Real Scandal Is Honduras, Not Benghazi

Is it too soon to predict who will be the next president of the United States? Without officially declaring her intention to run again, Hillary Clinton has cornered Democratic frontrunner status. Given the weak and crowded Republican field, that makes her the...

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Peace Wins in Colombia

Peace Wins in Colombia

June was a good month for Colombia. Its streak of World Cup wins suffused the country with a euphoric patriotism. The yellow-blue-red stripes of the Colombian flag appeared on apartment buildings, the front grills of trucks, and painted on people's cheeks. Even with...

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The End of Pot Prohibition As We Know It

The End of Pot Prohibition As We Know It

How much longer will it take before the United States declares a truce in the Drug War? This latter-day prohibition is taking an immense toll. And the stakes ought to be low, given that most Americans don't want anyone jailed for being caught with small amounts of...

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New Iraq Offensive Backfires

New Iraq Offensive Backfires

Republican opportunists hoping to score political points are hammering President Barack Obama with vitriolic criticism and blaming him for the latest upheaval in Iraq. So I was pleased when, finally, two Republicans spoke out loudly to deflect those partisan attacks....

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Risky Business in Ukraine

Risky Business in Ukraine

Thanks to Iraq's latest woes, it's getting pretty hard to pay attention to all that unrest in the former Soviet Union. Remember those poor Ukrainians? All they want is to be independent and left alone. Or at least that's what they claim. In truth, many also want...

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Bracing for an Attack by Veterans

Bracing for an Attack by Veterans

From 1776 forward, Americans have opposed having soldiers do police work on our soil. But in recent years, Pentagon chiefs have teamed up with police chiefs to circumvent that prohibition. How? By militarizing police departments. Through the little-known "military...

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The NRA’s Accidental Brush with Sanity

The NRA’s Accidental Brush with Sanity

Whoa, that was close. The National Rifle Association nearly shot itself in the foot recently with a common-sense editorial it posted online. The group of rootin'-tootin,' bullet-spittin,' doctrinaire, guns-everywhere extremists finally saw something involving firearms...

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2,300 Deaths Are Enough

2,300 Deaths Are Enough

President Barack Obama's recent attempt to define foreign policy failed to accurately reflect how Washington intends to end one of the biggest quagmires of our time: Afghanistan. "You are the first class to graduate since 9/11 who may not be sent into combat in Iraq...

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