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New war cabinet: Hagel and Kerry will give Obama clout with the generals

New war cabinet: Hagel and Kerry will give Obama clout with the generals

By Brian M Downing President Obama has nominated a pair of new cabinet secretaries in his foreign policy team, John Kerry for the State Department and Chuck Hagel for the Defense Department. They are both reasonably well respected in congress, where both served, and they are both decorated veterans of the Vietnam War. They have […]

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FAITH MATTERS: Easter, Santorum and the spread of fatal, self-centered thinking in the West

FAITH MATTERS: Easter, Santorum and the spread of fatal, self-centered thinking in the West

By Uwe Siemon-Netto As Christianity is set to celebrate its highest feast in the church year, a Christian from overseas may be forgiven for asking his American coreligionists two troubling questions concerning the faltering campaign of Sen. Rick Santorum and the trivialization of life-and-death concerns in the current electoral season of the western world’s most […]

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Unthinkable horror: The targeting of children in 21st century warfare

Unthinkable horror: The targeting of children in 21st century warfare

By John J. Metzler  UNITED NATIONS — Some of the saddest collateral damage resulting from a score of civil conflicts worldwide remains the tragedy that children are caught in the crossfire or even worse, are specifically targeted by the combatants.  Ongoing armed conflict in places ranging from Afghanistan to Libya, and Pakistan to the Philippines […]

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The growing Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO): Afghanistan and Pakistan are welcome; U.S. is not

The growing Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO): Afghanistan and Pakistan are welcome; U.S. is not

By Fariborz Saremi The ongoing evolution of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which marked its 10th anniversary at a summit meeting held in Astana, Kazakhstan on June 15, 2011, continues apace. Although a major force for integration in central Asia, SCO still has a lot of potential for expansion in the entire Eurasian area. Almost half […]

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Obama, the LBJ of our time, never had a plan for victory in Afghanistan

Obama, the LBJ of our time, never had a plan for victory in Afghanistan

By Jeffrey T. Kuhner Mr. Obama essentially has admitted defeat. He has publicly announced that U.S. forces will begin to pull out and that the process will be accelerated by the summer of 2012 — just in time for the election campaign. The administration has set a definite timetable for the American drawdown. In 2014, the […]

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WORLD MATTERS: Drawdown in Afghanistan – will populism again trump victory?

WORLD MATTERS: Drawdown in Afghanistan – will populism again trump victory?

By Uwe Siemon-Netto President Barack Obama’s decision to set a timeline for the withdrawal of 33,000 U.S. forces from Afghanistan against the advice of his generals begs the question: Will populist reflexes inevitably prevent democracies from winning wars of long duration? One of democracy’s most determined antagonists came to this conclusion 60 years ago. North […]

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Shanghai Cooperation Organization thwarting U.S. interests in Mideast, Central Asia

Shanghai Cooperation Organization thwarting U.S. interests in Mideast, Central Asia

By Fariborz Saremi Recently the U.S. government suffered a major diplomatic setback in the Central Asian region when Rasoul, the Afghan Foreign Minister, traveled to Beijing to discuss proposals for tightening Afghan relations with the Chinese government despite prior American warnings that it should not do so. Rasoul’s four day trip was particularly irksome as it […]

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The burning of a Koran mattered more than America's blood and treasure

The burning of a Koran mattered more than America's blood and treasure

By Jeffrey T. Kuhner Should the burning of Islam’s holy book, the Koran, be banned? This is the question many in Washington are asking, following last weekend’s deadly rampage in Afghanistan. On March 20, Pastor Terry Jones, who heads the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., presided over a Koran-burning. The actions of this […]

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How Central Virginia honored a young airman who died in Frankfurt enroute to Afghanistan

How Central Virginia honored a young airman who died in Frankfurt enroute to Afghanistan

  James V. Capua  Knots of neighbors gathered in tribute in front of the little strip malls, gas stations and fast food joints that line US Route 29 in Ruckersville, Virginia,  on Tuesday as the remains of Greene County’s Airman First Class Zachary Ryan Cuddeback passed  by.   Zachary Cuddeback, of Stanardsville, just down the road, […]

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Obama moves Bushward on terror trials, Afghanistan

Obama moves Bushward on terror trials, Afghanistan

By Eli Lake, The Washington Times President Obama on Monday lifted the ban he imposed two years ago on military trials for detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison, ending his bid to move most terrorism trials to civilian courts and pushing his already busted deadline for shuttering the island prison indefinitely forward. The reversal came […]