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This 19th Century Map Could Have Transformed the West
Too bad Congress didn't listen
June 08, 2014

Today's drought-riven west would look very different if Congress had listened to John Wesley Powell

Why Won't Germany Confront Putin? The Answer Lies in America's Own Foreign Policy.
May 07, 2014

Americans are within their rights to moralize about Germany's behavior, but we shouldn't pretend that we act any differently.

Photos: The Afghan Army Prepares to Fight on Its Own
November 24, 2013

Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini's photos of the men who will take over a war 

Ross Douthat Is Wrong. U.S. Policy in the Middle East Has Been Very Bad.
September 10, 2013

Responding to an interview with author Andrew Bacevich that he finds overly negative, The New York Times' Ross Douthat lays out his case for why American policy in the Middle East over the past 30-plus years has not been so bad.

Is Obama's Coal-Country Nemesis Hiring Again?
January 24, 2013

The coal-mine CEO who made a big show of laying off workers and blaming it on Barack Obama may have started quietly hiring some back.

The Atlantic Is 'Of No Party or Clique.' Especially Not Scientology!
January 15, 2013

The Scientology advertorial that ran on Atlantic.com was embarrassing and sloppy, but was it unethical?

Don't Believe What Today's GOP Says About the Foreign Policy "Mainstream"
January 10, 2013

When Barack Obama nominated former Senator Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense, I assume that he knew what he was getting into. The debate over Hagel’s nomination won’t be about whether he is qualified to run the Pentagon and to negotiate budgets with Congress, but about Hagel’s views on Israel and Iran. Initially, some of Hagel’s critics charged that he was an anti-Semite. But these charges rightfully met with derision.

Gun Control Could Save Veterans' Lives
January 08, 2013

In 2006, the Israeli Defense Forces made a relatively simple policy change that required soldiers to leave their weapons at their bases when they headed home for the weekend.  The result: a staggering 40 percent drop in the suicide rate among soldiers aged 18-21, according to a November 2010 study. The study has received some renewed interest in America in the wake of Sandy Hook.

It's About Time That an Enlisted Man Ran the Military
January 08, 2013

As a writer of fiction, and a fellow veteran of the Vietnam War, I can't help but appreciate the deep symbolic meaning of President Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel for defense secretary. Hagel will undoubtedly have an impact on the policies of the Pentagon if his nomination is confirmed by the Senate.

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