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  • Monthly Archives: October 2012

    50 Years Later: Lessons on Escalation from the Cuban Missile Crisis

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    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, a major event in the Cold War. With the U.S. and the Soviet Union on the brink of what many feared was nuclear conflict, both President John F. Kennedy and Premier Nikita Khrushchev fumbled for a way to end … More

    VP Debate: Not Enough Attention to Defense Cuts

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    Foreign policy played a key role in the vice presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI), and while there is a large cache of foreign policy issues that are up for serious discussion in this election, one of the most important is the imminent threat … More

    Chart of the Week: Avoiding Taxmageddon Is Not a Tax Cut

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    On January 1, 2013 nearly $500 billion in tax hikes will go into effect. In other words, “Taxmageddon.” Separating truth from fiction in politics, however, is not as clear, as The Heritage Foundation’s Curtis Dubay and Romina Boccia point out in last week’s analysis of the vice presidential debate: About … More

    50 Years Later: The Armageddon Men of October, Fidel and Raul Castro

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    On the 50th anniversary of the October 1962 Cuban Missile crisis, only one of the critical leaders involved is still in power. At age 86, Fidel Castro has largely disappeared, unseen in public for months. His place in control of Cuba’s destiny has been assumed by his brother Raul Castro, … More

    50 Years Later: The Cuban Missile Crisis and Presidential Leadership

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    It was October 22, 1962. Two weeks before, a little-known British band called the Beatles had released its first single. A week before, the Yankees had beaten the Giants 4-3 in the World Series. It was a normal Monday night in the average American living room. Until 7:00, that is, … More

    Morning Bell: Nuclear War Averted, 50 Years Ago This Week

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    Fifty years ago, the world came to the brink of nuclear war. On October 14, 1962, U.S. policymakers learned that the Soviet Union was building missile bases in Cuba, which would have allowed Moscow to attack anywhere in the continental United States within minutes. An international crisis followed, and while … More

    50 Years Later: What the Cuban Missile Crisis Teaches Us About Nuclear Policy

    Fidel Castro during Cuban Missile Crisis

    Fifty years ago, the world came to the brink of nuclear war. On October 14, 1962, U.S. policymakers learned that the Soviet Union was building missile bases in Cuba, which would have allowed Moscow to attack anywhere in the continental United States within minutes. An international crisis followed, and while … More

    Why Big Bird’s Federal Subsides Need to Go

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    The call to eliminate federal subsidies to the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), such as Governor Mitt Romney’s recent statement, shouldn’t ruffle the famous fowl. After all, not only does PBS not need taxpayer support, but because it inevitably entangles Big Bird in politics, it does him more harm than good. … More

    Obama Cuts Defense Programs, Claims They “Weren’t Working Very Well”

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    During last week’s debate, President Obama made an intriguing statement while explaining his deficit hawk credentials. In referencing the programs he cut, he mentioned “aircrafts that the Air Force had ordered but weren’t working very well.” This is a rather vague reference, leaving up for speculation just what aircraft he … More