Terrorism

Back in the mid-'80s, this country engaged in a tortuous debate over aid to Nicaragua’s Contras. Perhaps you remember the freedom fighters who, with significant aid from the United States government (and from the charming junta of Argentina), waged a war against the also less-than-fastidious Sandinista movement that had overthrown the country’s military dictator. Eventually Congress got sick of the Reagan administration’s aid, and decided to pass the Boland amendments, which forbade directly military support to the counter-revolutionaries.

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The Constitutional Amnesia of the NSA Snooping Scandal

I've seen this all before—and have an FBI file to show for it

I've seen this all before—and have an FBI file to show for it.

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Against Our Values—And Bad at Keeping Us Safe

The real problem with data mining

Massive data sweeps like the NSA's recently disclosed program are an affont to Democratic values. 

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The NSA Uproar Is Good for America—And Obama

Is our post-9/11, permanent-war mindset finally fading?

Is our post-9/11, permanent-war mindset finally fading?

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The German director Margarethe von Trotta has had such a long and fascinating career that, if there were justice in these matters—which idea is laughable—she would be treasured by more than who do so now. Beginning in 1975 she has made films that dealt with women, known and unknown, all of which were wonderfully persuasive.

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Credit Where It's Due

If anything, Obama understates our progress against terrorism

If anything, Obama understates our progress against terrorism.

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If a slain Muslim war hero had expressed the same views about other religions as Chris Kyle did, a profile of him would have called him an Islamist.

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The Cold War Heats Up in Syria

Why Russia won't allow an intervention

Why Russia won't allow an intervention.

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Pakistan's Surprisingly Hopeful Election

A small victory for democracy

Yes, the election turned back power to a pol who once cultivated the Taliban and presided over a near-war with India. Here's why you should consider that a success.   

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Terrorists or Misfits? The Tsarnaevs Were Both

Both explanations for the brothers' alleged actions are correct

Both explanations for the brothers' alleged actions are correct.

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