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Time for Courage and Leadership, Mr. President

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Don't Ask, Don't Tell is a wrong that can be made right. Just say what you said in your campaign, Mr. Obama, and what's on your White House web site. Do what you said you'd do.

Calling Doctor Obama (How America Can Commit National Suicide)

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

While your doctor is quietly and reassuringly telling you what his plan is you yell: "You're going to fail!" "Your plan for saving my life sucks!" "Do it my way, or no way!"

The Case for a Middle Path in Afghanistan

Ilan Goldenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ilan Goldenberg

It's simply too early right now to move into containment mode and dramatic escalation is not a viable option. The middle path is not a good option, but it is the best of a number of bad ones.

President Obama Spoke to Chavez - Oh no!

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patricia DeGennaro

President Obama caused a media frenzy when he not only shook hands with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, but he smiled at him. A photo of this spec...

Iraq War Year Six: Our Long Goodbye to the Cold War

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

On today's sixth anniversary of the Iraq war, we must require that our leaders create a security strategy that keeps us safer, costs less and restores the boundaries of a healthy civil-military relationship.

Shouldn't Be This Hard to Kill Bad Policy

Leslie Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leslie Harris

One of President Obama's first official acts in office was taking the power of the presidential pen and shredding the cloak of secrecy the Bush Admini...

Defeating Narco-Terrorism

Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld

The nexus between transnational criminal organizations and terrorist groups does not end with illegal drugs. Yet, U.S. and international law-enforcement agencies overlook the connections between them.

Changing How We Address Global And National Security

Bruce Jones, Carlos Pascual and Stephen Stedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bruce Jones, Carlos Pascual and Stephen Stedman

A profound but underappreciated truth about globalization is the extent to which national security and international security have become inseparably linked.

Rebalancing our National Security Strategy

Jonathan Powers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jonathan Powers

The economic crisis that we face today provides us an opportunity to prioritize this needed change by ensuring that we have a strategic balance in our spending.

When and Why We Pendulum

Auren Hoffman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Auren Hoffman

The human species as a whole is very fickle about what we want. Ideally you want to collect data based on experience and make iterative corrections.

What Will Republicans Do Without 'War on Terror' Talking Point?

Taylor Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Taylor Marsh

Chris Wallace could deduce only one thing: If people don't say "war on terror" then the extremists win. It was an exercise in juvenile journalism, but Wallace was determined.

What Obama's Iraq Speech Means for American Foreign Policy

Ilan Goldenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ilan Goldenberg

It's not all about Iraq. It is about America's interests around the globe and the costs and benefits of pursuing different strategies.

Economic Intelligence: 5 No-Brainer Risks

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Likosky

It's time to broaden our network of town hall meetings to turn national economic security problems into global sustainable solutions.

Leaving Cards on the Counter-Terror Table: Ways to Better Wage the "War on Terror"

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

We need not sacrifice our nation's fundamental constitutional freedoms to address extremist violence. Rather, we need merely stop pursuing corporate subsidies that inadvertently encourage it.

Shoot First, Ask Questions Later? Say It Ain't So, Mr. President

Tom Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Andrews

We hope that this early display of shoot first, ask questions later will be an anomaly for the new administration.

Economic Crisis Is No. 1 Security Issue: New Intelligence Chief

AP | PAMELA HESS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan are losing ground to insurgents and terrorists but the most immediate threat to U.S. se...

Applying the "Obama Model" for Homeland Security

Arnold Bogis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arnold Bogis

To improve homeland security, the administration must reach out to citizens and provide real education about the threats they face.

Please, Mr. President, No More Studies

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Obama is telling gay rights activists that he "will have to study the implications for national security and enlist more Congressional support" before trying to overturn "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

A New Approach to Terrorism

Kerry Kennedy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kerry Kennedy

A war on terror which undermines the most basic values of society -- life, liberty, the rule of law -- is not worth waging if we end up creating a society which mirrors the repression we battled in the first place.

What If a State Failed and Nobody Cared?

Adam Elkus | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Adam Elkus

No one puts Mexico in the same category as a violent, unstable state like Pakistan. No one, that is, except the Pentagon.

Memo to Obama: America's Gift

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Granoff

Nuclear weapons are more hazardous than anything they seek to solve. To use them against another nuclear state is suicidal, against a state without them is immoral, and they have no utility against terrorists.

A New Day for Women's Leadership? Obama's Chance to Get it Right

Marie Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marie Wilson

Obama must fill leadership positions with a diverse and critical mass of women who can govern alongside men and bring the new solutions to the table that we so desperately need.

Piracy and Us

Marcia DeSanctis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia DeSanctis

Piracy in the Gulf of Aden might seem like a pebble dropping, but the ripples may be felt everywhere.

Sobering Up

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

The United States needs to get out of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and engage in the trade war of globalization.

Who Was President on 9/11?

Taylor Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Taylor Marsh

To Republicans, everything for George W. Bush begins on 9/12. It's really the most glaring insult of Bush's rehabilitation tour.