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Ex-ambassador: Don't leave Afghanistan without a deal built on national unification Ex-ambassador: Don't leave Afghanistan without a deal built on national unification
When I led the U.S. team trying to bring peace to Afghanistan, we coined a term — “dirty reconciliation” — for the United States making a deal with the Taliban that protected our minimal security interests, while abandoning both the Afghan government and any attempt to preserve the gains made in Afghan society since 2001. The idea was purely a scenario to be avoided, not an actual strategy. But th...
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'I don't like any of the candidates' is no way to run a country. This two-party system isn't working. 'I don't like any of the candidates' is no way to run a country. This two-party system isn't working.
The discussion about moving American politics beyond the two-party system needs to become much more serious. This thought is spurred by two factors, at least here in Arizona: The decision by Grant Woods not to run for U.S. Senate. And the unappetizing choice the two parties are likely to offer for president in 2020. Woods is an appealing political persona, as evidenced by having been elected...
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Trump's SOTU health care talk is a smokescreen to make us forget his miserable record Trump's SOTU health care talk is a smokescreen to make us forget his miserable record
President Donald Trump has had two years of a miserable health care record that helped drive his party’s significant midterm losses. He has undermined protections for people with pre-existing conditions, tried to cut health care coverage from 20 million Americans by repealing the Affordable Care Act, and, when that failed, he sabotaged the ACA at virtually every turn. Seven million fewer people ha...
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Islamic State defeated in Syria? Tell that to the loved ones of four fallen Americans Islamic State defeated in Syria? Tell that to the loved ones of four fallen Americans
A month ago, when President Donald Trump abruptly announced plans to withdraw 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria, he declared that "we have defeated ISIS in Syria." The terrorists, it seems, didn't get the message. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for last week's suicide bombing in northern Syria that killed four Americans — Green Beret Jonathan Farmer, 37; Navy Chief Cryptologic Tech...
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Sensible border security justifies government shutdown Sensible border security justifies government shutdown
For many in Washington, the debate over funding for a wall between Mexico and the United States is a purely partisan skirmish. Underneath, however, is a real issue: securing the border. Unregulated migration would be a strategic disaster, not just for the U.S., but for the entire Western Hemisphere. Canada, for example, has one of the most-disciplined and level-headed migration systems in th...
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Pearl Harbor created the 'Greatest Generation.' Out of it came men like George H.W. Bush Pearl Harbor created the 'Greatest Generation.' Out of it came men like George H.W. Bush
Friday marks the 77th anniversary of the event that propelled the United States into World War II. The Japanese attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor killed more than 2,400 of our countrymen in a single morning and brought President Franklin D. Roosevelt to Capitol Hill the next day to request — and secure — a declaration of war. The president promised Congress and the world on Dec. ...
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Acosta's legacy: Kill the lights, shut off the cameras, reform White House press corps Acosta's legacy: Kill the lights, shut off the cameras, reform White House press corps
The flap over CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass raises larger questions about the troubling relationship between journalists and the Trump presidency. Fixing the problem will take more than simply ejecting members of the press who can’t behave. Rude reporters are nothing new. Recall the days when Sam Donaldson would shout questions at President Ronald Reagan, and the Gipper ...
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Matthew Whitaker is an excellent choice to lead Justice Department Matthew Whitaker is an excellent choice to lead Justice Department
I had the honor of serving with Matt Whitaker as a U.S. attorney under President George W. Bush and know from first-hand experience that he embodies the ideals crucial to running the Justice Department effectively. First and foremost, Matt prioritizes the impartial application of the law. Some critics of Matt have deemed him partisan, claiming he would be unable to maintain an impartial view of...
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Megyn Kelly was making racist comments long before 'blackface.' NBC hired her anyway. Megyn Kelly was making racist comments long before 'blackface.' NBC hired her anyway.
“Megyn Kelly said something really racist,” should not be a surprising sentence to anyone. After defending blackface, she is reportedly on her way out of the Today show, where she anchors the third hour, and perhaps of NBC altogether. But the original sin was that Kelly was hired by NBC at all. Kelly had a long track record of racial demagoguery at Fox News before she ever set foot in the N...
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Can Donald Trump handle the truth about Jamal Khashoggi? Can Donald Trump handle the truth about Jamal Khashoggi?
There's a dark truth behind the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi into a Saudi Consulate in Turkey two weeks ago Tuesday. The only question is whether President Donald Trump can be trusted to expose it. That's looking less likely. He has already lapsed into his unfortunate, recurring role as an apologist for brutal leaders who draw his favor. There were inklings of ...
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