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The GOP on Foreign Policy: Rhetoric v. Reality

(39) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 3:13 PM

As thousands of young true believers gather this weekend for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the Republican Party and the broader conservative movement continue to operate on a fundamental contradiction. Despite their rhetoric, many supporters of limited-government still embrace unchecked government power in one respect: war. A movement that...

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On Benghazi, the Buck Stops With Hillary

(30) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 9:54 AM

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will face the wrong questions when she testifies today on the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi. The buck stops with Secretary Clinton -- and it should. But members of Congress will focus on politically charged and distracting issues. The terrorist attack...

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Romney vs. Reagan

(30) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 10:39 AM

Yesterday, Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney delivered a major foreign policy speech charging President Barack Obama with a weak and bumbling record. Although Romney emphasized his differences with his opponent on global security challenges, his criticisms highlighted the contradictions within his own foreign policy platform.


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Bumps on the New Silk Road

(1) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 2:37 PM

As the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) meets on May 20 in Chicago, coalition partners hope to stabilize Afghanistan with development projects beyond 2014. One initiative is the "New Silk Road," which aims to revamp Afghanistan's ancient position as the regional trade hub linking the West and Far East. But...

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Security Pact Ensures America's Presence in Afghanistan

(56) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 6:27 PM

President Obama's arrival in Afghanistan and signing of the strategic partnership agreement with President Karzai supposedly represents yet another corner turned in our nearly eleven year (and counting) war. The commander-in-chief's arrival in secrecy, under darkness, and without live coverage of the signing is reminiscent of Bush the...

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Bin Laden's Death, One Year On

(5) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 12:44 PM

The killing of Osama bin Laden marked a significant achievement in America's long war against al Qaeda. Yet, following last year's Navy SEAL raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, it became clear that disrupting, dismantling, and defeating al Qaeda did not require the occupation of distant lands. Indeed, even in the absence...

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'The American Homeland Is the Planet'

(11) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 6:05 PM

For years, my colleagues and I have been arguing that disrupting, dismantling, and defeating al Qaeda does not require the occupation of Afghanistan or anywhere else. Wars are incredibly wasteful and counterproductive to the goal of stopping terrorism. Would-be terrorists, moreover, have reduced their...

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Calling It Quits in Afghanistan

(231) Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 2:49 PM

How many more American soldiers and innocent Afghan civilians have to die before the Obama administration withdraws from Afghanistan? The burning of Qurans at a U.S. base outside of Kabul and the riots that followed might jeopardize the U.S. training mission in Afghanistan. On top of limited and potentially...

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War Vets and the New Hampshire Primary

(205) Comments | Posted January 9, 2012 | 12:18 PM

Like many Americans, a growing number of post-9/11 veterans care more about protecting and defending the United States and less about transforming failed states, democratizing the Middle East, protecting wealthy allies, and sacrificing more American lives in the name of global hegemony.

Last Friday, ahead of Tuesday's New...

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Attack On U.S. Embassy Highlights Need To Exit Afghanistan

(69) Comments | Posted September 13, 2011 | 10:23 PM

Political leaders and military commanders will dismiss the Taliban's recent coordinated assault on the U.S. Embassy and NATO headquarters in Kabul as a "one-off" incident. But the attack is a vivid reminder of how poorly things are going, and why America needs to leave.

By every measure, violence...

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Senate Report Slams Nation-Building Efforts in Afghanistan

(26) Comments | Posted June 8, 2011 | 2:46 PM

As confirmed by yet another U.S. government report, this one prepared by the Democratic majority staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, America's nation-building mission in Afghanistan has had little success in creating an economically viable and politically independent Afghan state.

The Washington Post's Karen DeYoung writes:

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America and Pakistan: Partners With Diverging Interests

(51) Comments | Posted May 8, 2011 | 7:23 PM

Over the last week, widespread suspicion of Pakistan's complicity with al Qaeda has shined a harsh light on Washington's relationship with Islamabad. The outrage on Capitol Hill is understandable, but it's also a bit strange. After all, except for Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and other tribally based militant groups, for...

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Pakistan, America's Feckless Ally

(167) Comments | Posted May 4, 2011 | 2:18 PM

Americans celebrated the death of Osama bin Laden as some closure for the horrific losses of 9/11. However, the circumstances surrounding his death, coupled with widespread suspicion of Pakistan's complicity with al Qaeda, are damning to an already rocky relationship between Islamabad and Washington.

Yet the dangerous illusion persists...

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Bin Laden's Death and the Debate Over the U.S. Mission in Afghanistan

(8) Comments | Posted May 4, 2011 | 2:04 PM

Osama bin Laden's death marks a significant achievement in the fight against al Qaeda. It also highlights the fact that our ostensible objective for continuing the war in Afghanistan has been achieved. Although some lawmakers have been quick to claim that bin Laden's demise proves that our nation-building...

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The Once Again Forgotten War in Afghanistan

(125) Comments | Posted April 10, 2011 | 5:08 PM

As NATO begins to focus on its new mission in Libya, its main mission in Afghanistan remains an unresolved debacle.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai recently announced that his central government will be taking over seven areas of the country from the international coalition. But the Afghan government remains...

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Protests in Afghanistan: Our Excuse to Get Out

(230) Comments | Posted April 4, 2011 | 12:58 PM

General David Petraeus, the head of American forces in Afghanistan, has emphasized the importance of winning the "hearts and minds" of Afghans by treating them and their culture with respect. Pentagon officials may want to reexamine that assumption, but not for the reason you might think.

Evangelical pastor

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Leaving Libya Well Enough Alone

(106) Comments | Posted March 5, 2011 | 3:34 AM

Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday about the ongoing unrest in Libya, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton insisted "no option is off the table." In other words, American military intervention is very much still possible.

Like most Americans, I too want to see the...

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America's Contribution to Pakistan's Anti-American Radicalism

(101) Comments | Posted February 21, 2011 | 7:42 PM

Last month in Lahore, U.S. citizen Raymond Davis shot and killed two armed Pakistani men whom he thought were trying to rob him. U.S. officials claimed that Davis was a diplomatic employee (despite not having a diplomatic visa) and that his detention violated the Geneva Convention....

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U.S. Should Stand With the Egyptian People

(114) Comments | Posted January 31, 2011 | 11:02 AM

Oppressed people rarely get opportunities to express their anguish and disillusionment. Today in Egypt for the seventh straight day, thousands of ordinary citizens are pouring out onto the streets, demanding the expulsion of President Hosni Mubarak, calling for an end to emergency laws giving police extensive powers of arrest and...

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Fabricated Myths About War

(290) Comments | Posted December 22, 2010 | 1:55 PM

In front of the White House last Thursday, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges and Pentagon Papers whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg, were among the 131 people arrested while protesting America's involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Hedges, a veteran war correspondent, recalls what he...

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