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Entries by Doug Bandow from 12/2011

Clinton to Burma: Rewarding Democrats, Punishing Tyrants

| Posted 12.03.2011 | World

Engaging Burma may encourage that state to continue on a more independent course. The regime isn't likely to dump its patron -- China is too close. However, any distance between Naypyidaw and Beijing would be a positive.

Hungary Threatens Religious Liberty

| Posted 12.07.2011 | World

Religious repression typically occurs in authoritarian regimes. But it appears that European democracies are not immune from the virus. Unfortunately, Hungary has adopted legislation which undermines this most basic liberty.

U.S. Should Leave Iraq -- for Good

| Posted 12.09.2011 | World

Despite the Obama administration's best efforts, U.S. troops are on their way home from Iraq. Only Iraqi opposition prevented American forces from garrisoning yet another nation forever. It is time to leave. Finally. Completely. Permanently.

Irresponsible Foreign Policy: The Republican Establishment, Not Ron Paul

| Posted 12.30.2011 | Politics

A decade ago President George W. Bush chose arrogance over humility as his foreign policy. Since then virtually every Republican presidential candidate has embraced his philosophy of endless war: in effect, the GOP mantra is "we're all neoconservatives now." But can the Republican Party any longer be taken seriously on national security issues? Over the last decade the GOP has needlessly sacrificed Americans' lives, wasted Americans' wealth, overextended America's military, violated Americans' liberties, and trashed America's reputation. As a result, we are less prosperous, free, and secure. If the Republican Party refuses to learn from Ron Paul on this front, it does not deserve the public's trust.