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The Longest War

Is there a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel? President Obama announced, Wednesday, that he would leave more troops in Afghanistan when he exits office than previously planned. Instead of cutting the current troop deployment of 10,000 down to 5,500 soldiers, Obama will now keep 8,400 “in country,”






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Case Closed . . . But Ticking

Irving, Texas, authorities — I use that term loosely — announced yesterday that the case has been closed. Over. Finito. These aren’t the droids you’re looking for. What case? That of the 14-year-old clock-maker assumed to be a potential bomb-making/let’s-err-on-the-side-of-panic terrorist. Perhaps it didn’t help that the youngster had the






Law Corrupted

Why Police-State Tactics?

What do the War on Drugs, the War on Terror, and campaign finance law have in common? Police-state tactics. Most folks now understand how the War on Drugs and the War on Terror can erode civil liberties — but how does campaign finance law fit in with the other two?






Thought Crimes

Promises of Murder

Senator Lindsay Graham kills me. The hawkish Republican from South Carolina isn’t exactly standing up for limited government. His latest oration, on the presidential stump in Iowa, warned Americans far and wide that, were he sitting in the White House with his finger poised above The Button and “you’re thinking






Ending One War for Another?

The most important thing we could do to protect the American people and win the War on Terror would be to end the War on Drugs. That’s the logical conclusion from what Admiral James Stavridis, the former head of U.S. Southern Command and then NATO supreme allied commander, wrote for






Drone Strikes at Home?

The main controversy over the current administration’s drone strikes program has not been about committing acts of war without a declaration of war. It has not been about committing acts of war within the boundaries of allied countries. It has not been about killing innocents. And it has certainly not






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