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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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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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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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Why Afghanistan II ?

This commentary builds on an earlier one that also set Afghanistan in the context of promoting global stability, the need for a credible strategy, and a focus on development to counter radical Islam. Now there continues to be widespread skepticism among the American public on...

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Afghanistan and Kids At the Border

These are two current challenges facing the nation and at first glance seem totally unrelated. But in fact they are two aspects of the core challenge for the Twenty-first Century: promoting US prosperity....

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Why Afghanistan Matters: Renewing America and Renewing the World

The world is in an unprecedented strategic situation: no major nation faces a serious threat of invasion or subjugation. The Cold War had posed an existential threat; indeed more than once nuclear war was actually close. Russia still has the same nuclear capabilities, but even...

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The Crimea has suddenly become the new focus of American-Russian competition....


Immigration, Globalization and National Security

Immigration is undermining America. For years, it was an American strength. The Statue of Liberty proclaims:“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me.” Persecuted Pilgrims,...

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