Peace and Security

Egypt and Reversing the Dominoes of Domination

Egypt and Reversing the Dominoes of Domination

The U.S. policy of policing the world and imposing our will on every aspect of the international system is now tumbling–from Tunisia, Lebanon, Yemen, Jordan, Egypt, and onward throughout the Middle East. The domino theory, coined to justify our war in Vietnam, is making a comeback. Not because we ignored communist threats, but because we intervened too much in too many countries.

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My Favorite Republican

Can you imagine a Republican leader saying something like that now? Not if the leader is Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Sarah Palin, Jon Kyl, or Eric Cantor. Had Ike been that kind of Republican he’d have said: “I want our new president to be a one-term president and I expect our party in Congress to work to make him so.”

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What if Jared Loughner Were a Muslim Arab Immigrant?

What if Jared Loughner Were a Muslim Arab Immigrant?

The repercussions of the attempted assassination in Tucson of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in which six people were murdered and 13 wounded, continue to resonate. The discussion–and discussions about the discussion–continues. Meanwhile, we’re failing to have a meaningful debate about how we can achieve real changes that would make a repeat of this tragedy impossible.

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The Eternal Drug War

The Afghanistan War sometimes seems interminable. It just became the longest hot war in U.S. history. The Cold War was longer; Now Pentagon officials dream of holding Kabul longer than that. Europe’s Hundred Years War remains the record holder, but things moved slower back then.

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Ruled by Rifles

Ruled by Rifles

The Pentagon and the National Rifle Association have a lot in common these days. They’re in love with guns. They maintain powerful lobbies. They refuse to acknowledge the dangerous consequences of their policies.

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