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Make Democracy Work

Two centuries ago a unique nation was formed, not on the basis of any ethnic, cultural or religious community but on universal human values of equality and freedom. It gradually grew more prominent on the world scene. Then the major wars of the Twentieth Century...

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Cancel Air Force One??

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order! 8:52 AM - 6 Dec 2016 Operations and maintenance are an inherent part of any...

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Dump Duterte

The United States does not need the Philippines. As Mr. Dooley noted in 1898, americans were initially unsure "whether they were islands or canned goods.... We can't sell thim, we can't ate thim, an' we can't throw thim into th' alley whin no wan...

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Fidel's Fashionista ???

Why is it that even in the hottest days of the Cuban summer, while everybody around him is wearing a cotton, short-sleeved, light shirt with an open collar, Fidel wears an olive green, long-sleeved heavy shirt, and a heavy, long-sleeved bush jacket on top, buttoned...

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Fighting Daesh Fundamentally

Even the term "Daesh" fights Daesh, as a pejorative acronym for the so-called Islamic State, as well as a reminder that the fight is not just on a military level. It is clear that Daesh is a threat that will not go away soon. Now,...

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Eliminating Migration

Migration Migration has been a common occurrence in all of human history, people carrying out conquest or fleeing from it, or from religious or ethnic persecution, or from natural disasters, or just seeking a better life. Under current global conditions this has reached unprecedented...

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Age of Amity

We are barely into the Twenty-First Century and we see a world of turmoil. The United States stumbles on the world stage with no clear sense of direction, an economic recovery plodding along and beset by increasing problems with racism, economic inequality and political alienation....

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Shifting Afghan Gears: Build, Don't Blast

Afghanistan has enormous economic potential as outlined in a recent US Army review; developing this is the key to stability. Despite fourteen years of US military support, the situation has deteriorated to the point that the senior US officer has stated flatly, "we have to...

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The Two Sides of Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is a two-sided proposition, requiring both defense of internal networks and the ability to operate effectively in the cyber domain. Securing government networks is certainly necessary, but authorities should not lose sight of the need to couple their defense of America's networks with appropriate...

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Rebuilding Afghanistan - a Critical Task

It is easy to see our Afghan effort drifting not just to a debacle but to a disaster. We had worked hard to get the Soviets out, and then had zero idea of what to do next. But this initial effort did build strong ties...

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U.S. needs a new electronic identity-protection strategy to prevent 'hybrid warfare' attacks

By Dan Gonzales Earlier this month, the FBI revealed that as many as 18 million current and former government employees and other U.S. citizens may have had their personal information stolen in a cyberattack on the Office of Personnel and Management. The General Accounting Office...

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Putin: Eyes Wide Shut

The United States is entering a period of growing competition and tension in relations with Russia. The Russia that the United States faces today is more assertive and more unpredictable--and thus, in many ways, more dangerous--than the Russia that the United States confronted during the...

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Inside the Terrorist Factory

As the civil wars in Syria and Iraq continue, they sharpen the sectarian divide between Sunnis and Shias, threatening the stability of the region and attracting a steady flow of foreign volunteers, effectively turning Syria and Iraq into a terrorist factory. The main recruiters...

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National Strategic Void

There is global malaise. The European Union is in turmoil. Russia is increasingly provocative. China is assertive and fragile. The post-WorldWar American leadership dominance is gone. America is adrift. There is a void where national strategy should be....

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