Just another thug bashing the U.S. president

For the many Americans who are unhappy with President Bush, ‘tis tempting to revel in Venezuela President Hugo Chavez’s characterization of our polarizing leader as “the devil.” ‘Tis tempting, too, just weeks before elections that will determine control of Congress, for Bush’s critics to use Chavez’s speech […]

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Sept. 11 Five Years Later: Is America Safer? Yes. America is killing its enemies on their home turfs

We can debate endlessly whether we have adequately upgraded our military, secured our borders or protected key potential targets of terrorist attacks, such as chemical weapons plants. But, national security begins not with the arming of troops, fencing along borders, and X-ray machines at airports. It starts […]

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Myths block Middle East peace hopes

Long-standing conflicts between peoples often create their own myths – over grievances, appropriate uses of force, and likely paths to peace. Nowhere is this truer than in the Middle East. With Israel and Hezbollah engaged in escalating conflict, leaders, experts and media the world over assume predictable, […]

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Challenge to Lieberman could hurt all Democrats

Enraged that U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman supports the war in Iraq, insurgent Democrats who are fueling Ned Lamont’s primary challenge to Lieberman have tightened the gap with the incumbent. They may feel good about it but, in fact, they are threatening not just the Democrats’ hold on […]

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West must stop appeasing, start pressuring Iran

In the West’s approach to Iran, we are witnessing a classic example of appeasement toward not just a rising threat to Middle East stability but a growing global threat to freedom and democracy. Most recently, this appeasement has taken two forms.  First, leading European nations announced plans […]

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