Peace and Security

Egging On North Korea

Egging On North Korea

As our dust-up with North Korea stumbles inexorably onward, the U.S. media is tearing its hair out over how any sovereign nation could possibly act so irrationally. Well, how about looking in the mirror? North Korea's policies and supreme leader may seem kooky, but...

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Charting a New Course on Illegal Drugs

Charting a New Course on Illegal Drugs

As Manuel, a Colombian farmer, showed me his peppercorn crops ravaged by the defoliant sprayed in a futile effort to kill his neighbor's drug crops, he explained why the Drug War could never be won. No matter how much money or chemicals drug warriors threw at...

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How to Help Syria Now

How to Help Syria Now

The appalling civil war in Syria is well into its third year. With upwards of 70,000 dead, countless numbers maimed and injured, and millions of refugees, there are recurrent calls for the United States to "do something" to end the mayhem. That "something" is usually...

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Our Women in Uniform Deserve Better

Our Women in Uniform Deserve Better

Americans have honored our soldiers and those killed in U.S. wars in late May for nearly 150 years. Memorial Day, which became an official holiday in 1868, was originally called Decoration Day and got started when civilian women decided to decorate military graves...

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Cannon Fodder, 21st Century-Style

Cannon Fodder, 21st Century-Style

The White House Almost never frets, About the lies It told to vets. This Memorial Day, I'd like to salute the young people who continue to enlist in our armed forces. Their initial training reinforces their sense that America is beset with many ill-motivated enemies...

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No Junior Partner

No Junior Partner

During his recent trip to Latin America, President Barack Obama made a herculean effort to suggest that his administration is forging a new relationship with Mexico and the rest of Latin America based on a partnership of equals. "Just as Mexico is being transformed,...

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Middle Eastern Re-Run

Middle Eastern Re-Run

Can you hear it? Conservatives are beating their war drums and banging their tambourines, trying to gin up support for U.S. intervention in Syria. Republican Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina have been particularly vocal about their...

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