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  • Monthly Archives: May 2011

    A New National Narrative: Three Cheers for Hard Power

    Photo taken on May 1, 2011 shows the White house in Washington D.C.

    A fascinating paradox emerges from the news that U.S. Special Forces on Sunday killed terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden in a superbly well-planned and executed raid on his Pakistani compound. The Obama administration rightfully celebrates the most important victory in the 10-year global war on terrorism, basking in the glory … More

    Detainee Interrogations: Key to Killing Osama bin Laden

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    Even though it has been several years since any new detainees have been transferred to Guantanamo Bay, the intelligence extracted from them is still proving its worth—in major and surprising ways. Buried in the flood of information on the extraordinary operation to locate and kill Osama bin Laden is the … More

    Moscow Aims to Have One of World's Top Five Militaries

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    Moscow recently announced its aspirations to have one of the five best militaries in the world. This ambitious plan will require that Russia replace 70 percent of its military materiel with modern military equipment by 2020. Such optimistic statements are not a rare occurrence, as the Kremlin has made similar … More

    The Free Market Works for Health Care

    WASHINGTON, DC - March 24: Rep. Paul D. Ryan, ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee, criticizes the amount of spending and debt in President Obama's budget proposal.

    Advocates of big-government health care have ruthlessly attacked Representative Paul Ryan’s (R–WI) proposal to reform Medicare, which would give seniors a contribution to apply to the health plan of their choice. Under this “premium support” system, insurers would compete in newly created Medicare exchanges and would face pressure to offer … More

    Pakistan, the Epicenter of Global Terrorism

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    The elimination of Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden vindicates U.S. strategy in the region. It will be seen as a major success for the U.S. and show the world that America will remain committed to hunting down its enemies for as long it takes. The operation also highlights that Pakistan is truly at … More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: May 2-8, 2011

    House Cloakroom: May 2-8, 2011 The House returns from a two week recess on Monday to begin tackling various issues across the policy spectrum. A possible raise of the debt ceiling will be the hot topic of the coming weeks as lawmakers begin deliberations on what serious measures will have … More

    Morning Bell: Bin Laden Dead

    Justice has been done. Nearly 10 years since the 9/11 attacks that left more than 3,000 Americans dead, Osama bin Laden was killed by a small team of U.S. military personnel operating under the authority of the Central Intelligence Agency. We first want to congratulate the men and women of our … More

    Political Leaders' Latest Scheme: Big Taxes on U.S. Exports

    Several U.S. political leaders have recently reiterated their desire to punish countries that undervalue their currencies. News flash: Since June 7, 2010, the value of the U.S. dollar has fallen 17.3 percent. If the United States gives countries a green light to designate low currency rates as an unfair trade … More

    California's Plight Confirms the Founders' Fears

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    California is teetering on the edge of economic and social collapse. According to an Economist special report, this is largely the result of decisions to implement direct democracy reforms during the Progressive era, such as poplar recall, initiatives, propositions, and referenda — reforms that have “inflamed” the passions of the … More