Peace and Security

A Reason to Party Like It’s 1989

A Reason to Party Like It’s 1989

These days, you can get the feeling the Cold War never ended. Le Carré-style intrigue has, it turns out, barely skipped a beat. The 9/11 attacks injected the U.S. spymaster apparatus with steroids. But 23 years ago this week, the Cold War did end. I don't remember...

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Redefining Heroism

Redefining Heroism

More then a few veterans, myself included, are troubled by the way Americans observe Veterans Day. Originally called Armistice Day, and intended by Congress in 1926 to "perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations," the holiday has...

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A Manufactured Scandal

A Manufactured Scandal

The American tragedy in Benghazi is the most investigated terrorist attack of its kind in recent history. Eight House and Senate committees have probed the attack, generating 18 hearings, 40 administration briefings, and the production of at least 25,000 pages of...

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The Border Patrol’s Out-of-Control Growth

The Border Patrol’s Out-of-Control Growth

On October 8, Tucson police officers pulled over a driver because the light above his license plate wasn't working. When he didn't present a license, a typical scenario unfolded: Under Arizona's infamous SB 1070 law, cops become de facto immigration enforcement...

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A Radioactive Poster Child for Government Waste

A Radioactive Poster Child for Government Waste

Here's a lesson on how the federal government and its contractors can turn a relatively modest project into a massive boondoggle. Back in 2005, officials at the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) persuaded Congress to approve a new...

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Too High a Price for Courage

Too High a Price for Courage

Berta Cáceres, an internationally respected leader of the movement for indigenous rights, is now living as a fugitive. The Honduran government ordered this soft-spoken dynamo imprisoned on September 20. From her undisclosed location, she emailed me and a few others....

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Bursts of Light and Fresh Air

Bursts of Light and Fresh Air

I know that life is supposed to be full of surprises but the last few weeks have been ridiculous. For example, you had the unnerving spectacle of Vladimir Putin, the former KGB thug who runs Russia, rescuing Barack Obama, the former community organizer who runs his...

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How Do We Overcome Our Numbness?

How Do We Overcome Our Numbness?

The flag positioned at half-mast was the only indication that anything had happened at all. American University was lush with early-autumn excitement and the quad was full of beginning-of-the-semester, carefree energy. There were no panicked email alerts, no worried...

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