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by | Feb 4, 2019

As he began his presidency Donald Trump had the right idea about Afghanistan: “Let’s get out.” However, he surrounded himself with conventional thinkers who thwarted his wishes and refused to provide him with withdrawal options. After two years of additional,…

by | Dec 11, 2017

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have attacked their neighbor, Qatar, for supposedly supporting terrorism. They pretend to be firefighters, but spent years as arsonists. Over the years the Saudis, in particular, financed and staffed terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda,…

by | Apr 4, 2017

President Xi Jinping’s China is becoming a more fearful place. The government has cracked down both on dissent and contact with the West. Religious persecution also is rising: the Communist god that failed fears competition. A new Freedom House report,…

by | Jan 13, 2017

Religious differences run deep in our pluralistic world. It may come as no surprise that such disagreements sometimes end up in violence. Yet that rarely is the case in what might be called Christendom. Indeed, in large part, there is…

by | Jan 4, 2017

Among Donald Trump’s odd fixations are foreign strongmen. They are a reality and must be dealt with. Sometimes they can and do aid U.S. policy. But just because they are quick to toss opponents into jail doesn’t mean that they…

by | Sep 3, 2013

On Saturday President Barack Obama surprised most everyone in America by making the right decision and asking Congress for authority to go to war in Syria. Now Congress should make the right decision and vote no. One of the impacts…

by | Aug 23, 2013

Kenneth Bae apparently entered North Korea to do good, which in Pyongyang’s view is bad. He ended up in prison. He and his family are calling on Washington to do something. However, Americans who travel the globe on personal missions…

by | Aug 12, 2013

With the election just weeks away in Germany the disunited Left is running out of time to win the parliamentary majority necessary to oust Chancellor Angela Merkel. At the moment, anyway, the chief question is whether she will end up…

by | Aug 9, 2013

Sixty years ago the Korean War ended. No peace treaty was ever signed and over the years North Korea publicly repudiated the armistice at least ten times. Thus, the parties technically are still at war, though no one wants to…

by | Aug 5, 2013

U.S. policy in Egypt has been a disaster. For decades Washington backed rule by an authoritarian dictatorship that persecuted religious minorities and socialized the economy. Now the short-lived democratic revolution has been replaced by military rule with a meaningless civilian…

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