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The Stakes Are Rising in Syria

President Obama may be facing a big test of his leadership as he acknowledged last Friday that “we now have some evidence that chemical weapons have been used on the populations in Syria.”

Although he dubbed those findings “preliminary assessments,” … More…

Bush Was the Worst President of the Last 50 Years

Bush Was the Worst President of the Last 50 Years

On Thursday President Obama and the four living former presidents will travel to Dallas to dedicate the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Southern Methodist University. Everyone will no doubt say kind things about the 43rd president, … More…

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Second Amendment Extremists Have Gone Too Far

Last week, a mild, eminently sensible bill to extend background checks to private sales of guns, supported by 90% of the American public, died a not-so-quiet death in the Senate.

Although technically it won a 54-vote majority, that wasn’t enough … More…


Searching for Boston’s Heart of Darkness in Chechnya

19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,  the younger of two brothers who allegedly planned and carried out the bombings that killed three people at the Boston Marathon  and then an MIT police officer, was recovering from his injuries in a Boston hospital as … More…

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President Suffers a Bitter Defeat in the Gun Wars

Late Thursday afternoon, President Obama stood outside the White House with Vice-President Joe Biden, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and families of children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and condemned in the strongest language the Senate’s 54-46 … More…

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Boston Marathon Massacre Had Echoes of 9/11

Eleven years, seven months and four days after September 11th, 2001, we have had another full-fledged attack on civilians on American soil.

Since 9/11, several planned attacks fizzled or were thwarted, from shoe bomber Richard Reid in late … More…

Will North Korea’s War of Words Become a War of Guns?

Will North Korea’s War of Words Become a War of Guns?

If words were weapons, the United States and North Korea would already be at war.

Tensions escalated after the U.N. imposed sanctions on the hermetic Communist regime following a banned nuclear test. Since then, North Korea has threatened the U.S. … More…

Cyprus Crisis Likely Won’t Spread, but Has Big Implications

The tiny Mediterranean nation of Cyprus is in suspended animation.  The island whose population of 1.1 million is comprised three-quarters of residents of Greek origin, while the rest are of Turkish heritage (and who fought each other for years) is … More…

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A Decade after the Iraq War Began, the Toll Is Steep

Ten years ago this week, the US and the UK and the “coalition of the willing” launched massive air attacks and a ground invasion of Iraq, which led to the overthrow of dictator Saddam Hussein.

That was the easy part. … More…

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Drones Are Part of a Much Bigger Problem

The use of unmanned aircraft (drones) to assassinate purported leaders of Al Qaeda overseas has become a hot issue over the past week following three major events: