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Entries by Ivan Eland from 02/2014

Intelligence Chief's Histrionics Hide Downgrade in Terrorist Threat

| Posted 02.04.2014 | World

So after all the hysteria after the 9/11 attacks, drone wars in several developing countries, and two overseas quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan, which allegedly attempted to "drain the swamp" of terrorists, the terrorist threat has been downgraded.

Religious Freedom -- Lead by Example

| Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

Of course, religious freedom is very desirable, but the United States should promote it by setting an example, not by preaching it to the world or worse -- by coercion using economic sanctions or a military "crusade."

North Korea Abuses Human Rights: Tell Us Something We Don't Already Know

| Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics

Public criticism of its human rights record by international bodies, such as the United Nations, and individual states, such as the Unite States, usually causes North Korea to deny it, then fume, and then continue or escalate the abusive practices just to spite the international community.

U.S. Defense Policy: Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

| Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics

Ever since the end of the Cold War in 1991, the United States has lacked a vision of what it wanted to do in the world and how its military should carry out part of that plan.