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8/24/2015 -Republicans Who Blame Obama over Iran Should Recall Bush’s Role
8/17/2015 -Presidents Who Exceeded Their Historical Reputations
8/3/2015 -The Republicans Need to Debate Foreign Policy
7/27/2015 -Helping Turkey Create a Safe Zone Is Not a Good Idea
7/14/2015 -Lessons From Obama’s War in Libya
7/6/2015 -Say ‘No’ to Greek Financial Irresponsibility
6/30/2015 -Let Greece Leave the Eurozone
6/22/2015 -Turmoil in the Middle East Seems Constant, and U.S. Military Intervention Only Makes It Worse
6/15/2015 -The Next President’s Foreign Policy: Likely the Same Overextended American Empire
6/9/2015 -Continued G-7 Sanctions Against Russia, but Does Russia Have a Perspective?
6/1/2015 -Freedom from the PATRIOT Act
5/28/2015 -Hard Truths about Iraq
5/18/2015 -Tell the Rich Persian Gulf States to ‘Go Fish’
5/11/2015 -What Americans Should Learn from the British Election
5/6/2015 -Republicans Should Finally Abandon Benghazi and Talk about Hillary’s Other Foibles
4/27/2015 -Wars Rarely Advance Freedom: Baltimore Riot Hints that Applies Even to the Civil War
4/20/2015 -Congress’s Charade with the Iran Nuclear Agreement
4/13/2015 -Yemen: Another Failed U.S. Military Intervention
4/6/2015 -Obama’s Nuclear Agreement with Iran Is a Good One, but Issues Remain
3/30/2015 -Some Form of Formal Partititoning Is Still the Answer for Iraq
3/23/2015 -The United States Could Learn from Its British Ally
3/16/2015 -Republicans’ Letter to Iran Violates at Least the Spirit of the Constitution
3/9/2015 -Allies Against Islamism in the Mideast Could Learn from the Fight in Nigeria
2/23/2015 -The U.S. Government Is Making the Problem of Islamist Extremism Worse
2/16/2015 -Excessive Presidential War Power
2/10/2015 -America Needs a More Focused and Restrained National Security Strategy
2/3/2015 -Unauthorized Government Killing by Drones, Bombs, or Other Means Is Still Murder
1/29/2015 -Obama Should Have Visited the Taj Mahal and Skipped Saudi Arabia
1/19/2015 -A Second, Even More Unjustifiable Episode of Government Collection of Phone Records
1/12/2015 -Saturation Media Coverage of the Paris Terrorist Attacks Is Unhelpful
1/7/2015 -Is Another Euro Crisis at Hand?
12/22/2014 -Doing the Indefensible: Defending Torture
11/24/2014 -Afghanistan: A Similar Pattern of Military Incompetence
11/11/2014 -The United States Should Give China Breathing Room to Rise Peacefully
11/3/2014 -Revealed U.S. Strategy to Battle ISIS Is Wanting
10/28/2014 -Is Barack Obama the Worst President in American History?
10/13/2014 -Turkey’s Reluctance to Help Against ISIS Should Be a Red Flag
10/6/2014 -Presidents and the War Power
9/30/2014 -Legal Basis for U.S. War in Iraq and Syria Is Thin
9/22/2014 -Homeland Security Is a Mess
9/15/2014 -Locals Leading the Fight Against the Islamic State Will Be More Effective
9/15/2014 -Congress Should Vote and Say No to Obama’s New War
9/8/2014 -Obama Is No Wimp
8/19/2014 -President Must Get Proper Congressional Approval for Any Final Nuclear Agreement with Iran
8/11/2014 -Blowback from Further U.S. Intervention in Iraq
8/7/2014 -A Constitutional Scandal Worse Than Iran-Contra or Watergate
7/30/2014 -U.S. Evacuation in Libya Shows Ill Effects of American Interventionism
7/21/2014 -America’s Hypocrisy on Ukraine
7/14/2014 -Rick Perry Wrongly Smears Rand Paul on Foreign Policy
7/9/2014 -Resolving Conflicts in Artificial States
7/7/2014 -World War I, Rather Than World War II, Is Key for U.S. Foreign Policy
6/25/2014 -Dick Cheney’s Outrageous Statements
6/17/2014 -No More U.S. Intervention in Iraq
6/10/2014 -Worst Effect of U.S. Afghan War
6/4/2014 -A Messy Endgame to the Afghan War
5/28/2014 -U.S. Alliances Encourage Asian Allies to Be More Antagonistic Toward China
5/13/2014 -Public Hysteria Over Boko Haram May Be Counterproductive
5/6/2014 -Despite Criticism, Obama’s Foreign Policy Is Better Than That of Recent Presidents
5/6/2014 -Despite the Crisis Over Ukraine, America Will Likely Need Russia Soon
4/24/2014 -United States Accelerates a Counterproductive Drone War in Yemen
4/14/2014 -Russia in Crimea—Not ‘Munich 1938’ Yet Again
4/7/2014 -Russia Has a National Strategy that Matches the Times—Why Doesn’t the U.S.?
3/24/2014 -U.S. Security Agencies Are Out of Control
3/17/2014 -Why Is the United States So Hypocritical in Foreign Policy?
3/3/2014 -U.S. Defense Policy: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
2/24/2014 -North Korea Abuses Human Rights: Tell Us Something We Don’t Already Know
2/17/2014 -Religious Freedom—Lead by Example
2/6/2014 -Intelligence Chief’s Histrionics Hide Downgrade in Terrorist Threat
1/27/2014 -Why Obama Cares More About the Feelings of Foreign Leaders than Safeguarding Americans’ Constitutional Rights
1/15/2014 -Gates Memoirs Illustrate How Militaristic the U.S. Has Become
1/9/2014 -Obama Should Be Careful of a Slippery Slope Back into Iraq
1/6/2014 -Stop the Army From Copying Marines’ Missions
12/30/2013 -Ignore Saudi and Israeli Goading for a More Muscular U.S. Mideast Policy
12/18/2013 -Bipartisan Budget Agreement Doesn’t Make Partisan Bickering Look So Bad
12/11/2013 -Stay Out of Petty Island Disputes in East Asia
12/4/2013 -Call Hamid Karzai’s Bluff
12/2/2013 -The Real Reason Hawks Are Trying to Kill the Interim Nuclear Agreement with Iran
11/13/2013 -On the 50th Anniversary of JFK’s Assassination, Let’s Examine His True Legacy
11/11/2013 -A Slippery Slope Back Into Iraq?
11/6/2013 -Feinstein Cares More about Appeasing Allied Governments than Standing Up for Americans’ Rights
10/25/2013 -As in Iraq, Completely Withdraw US Forces from Afghanistan
10/23/2013 -Turkey’s Arms Purchase Should Jolt U.S. Alliance Policies
10/18/2013 -We Don’t Need More ‘Spin’ About NSA’s Unconstitutional Domestic Snooping, We Need It Stopped
10/11/2013 -The United States Has Made Its Bed in Somalia and Libya
10/3/2013 -NSA Spying Scandal May Indicate U.S. Checks and Balances System Is Broken
9/27/2013 -Terrorist Attack on Kenyan Shopping Mall Should Cause Americans to Pause
9/25/2013 -Russia Bashing Is a Dead End
9/18/2013 -Syria War Wariness Should Remain
8/30/2013 -The U.S. Will Regret Intervention in Syria
8/29/2013 -Decentralize to Neutralize Turmoil in Middle East
8/26/2013 -The Case for Restraint in Yemen
8/22/2013 -Obama Seems Unable to Limit the Counterproductive U.S. War on Terror
8/8/2013 -TSA: Ask the Fed for Relief...From the Fed?
8/1/2013 -Kill Wasteful Missile Defense Efforts
7/31/2013 -Why U.S. Policy in East Asia Is Dangerous
7/29/2013 -Reforms of Domestic Government Surveillance
7/17/2013 -The United States Should Quit Meddling in Egypt
7/10/2013 -Accelerate a Complete Withdrawal From Afghanistan
7/5/2013 -US Obsession With the Importance of the Mideast and Solving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
6/27/2013 -Edward Snowden: Hero or Traitor?
6/19/2013 -Down the Slippery Slope in Syria
6/12/2013 -NSA Snooping on Americans Is Unconstitutional and Outrageous
6/6/2013 -Threat from China Is Being Hyped
5/30/2013 -Obama’s New Restricted War on Terror Is Unlikely to Be Lasting
5/22/2013 -Should the Law Governing the War on Terror Be Changed?
5/8/2013 -Political Decentralization Might Help in Conflict-Ridden Countries
5/1/2013 -Avoid Drumbeat to Escalate in Syria
4/25/2013 -Government Response to Terrorism Needs to Be Dialed Down
4/18/2013 -Targeted Killings in the Drone War—Illegal and Unconstitutional
4/15/2013 -North Korea Is Like a Misbehaving Child—Ignore It
4/5/2013 -Irresponsibility in the Department of Defense
3/21/2013 -Should Reagan or Harding/Coolidge Be the Model for Conservatives to Follow?
3/14/2013 -Rand Paul’s Drone Crusade Needs a Slight Adjustment
3/8/2013 -Rodmania in North Korea
3/1/2013 -From War to Welfare
2/27/2013 -Hold US Policymakers to Their Abysmal Record on Foreign Meddling
2/25/2013 -‘Widespread Pain’ of the Sequester Not So Draconian
2/18/2013 -Obama’s Drone War Could Legally Kill Americans But Not Anywhere
2/11/2013 -Ron Paul’s Statement on Sniper’s Death Not ‘Appalling’
1/28/2013 -Foreign Policy and Defense in a Second Term
1/21/2013 -An Ally Out of Control
1/10/2013 -Split Decision on Obama’s National Security Nominees
12/20/2012 -Reducing Defense...Cuts
12/12/2012 -America’s Wars: The Gifts That Keep on Giving
12/7/2012 -US Intelligence: Redundancy Increases as Budget Pressure Mounts
11/29/2012 -Forget Benghazi and Focus on What Matters
11/26/2012 -How Israel’s Response in Gaza Is Like the War of 1812
11/16/2012 -The Real Petraeus Scandal
11/8/2012 -Meddling in Mali
10/31/2012 -Sumptuous Counterterrorism Spending Must End
10/24/2012 -Middle East Peace Remains Elusive
10/22/2012 -The Enemy Is Among Us
10/10/2012 -Ignore Syrian Rebels’ Threats
10/3/2012 -Strengthening Alliances in East Asia Is the Wrong Way to Go
9/28/2012 -Against Stereotype, Budget Hawks and War Hawks Edition
9/19/2012 -Anti-American Violence Should Provoke Rethink
9/10/2012 -Politics Subvert the All-Important Rule of Law
9/4/2012 -Obama Should Extend His Compassion
8/16/2012 -Left and Right Call for Escalation in Syria
8/6/2012 -US Pivot to Asia Promises More of the Same
7/23/2012 -The Drug War Finds New Ways to Fail
7/12/2012 -Wars Have Unpredictable and Dangerous Collateral Effects
7/9/2012 -The Drug War in Mexico: Corruption Is Better Than Slaughter
6/28/2012 -Stay Out of Syria
6/25/2012 -The US Should Take Lessons From Mexico
6/13/2012 -Smoke and Mirrors in Energy Policy
6/6/2012 -Did Anyone Ever Bother to Get the Pakistani Perspective?
5/30/2012 -Hands Off Syria
5/23/2012 -The US Should Leave NATO, Not Shore It Up
5/16/2012 -The Already Forgotten Iraq War
5/9/2012 -What’s Behind the Second Underwear Bombing Attempt?
5/2/2012 -American Foreign Policy: Have Gun, Will Travel
4/18/2012 -Save Money by Ending Costly Alliances
4/12/2012 -Putting Defense Back Into US Defense Policy
4/5/2012 -Rapidly Ending the War in Afghanistan Solves Many Problems
3/28/2012 -Russia Is Not Public Enemy Number One
3/21/2012 -NYPD Should Leave Muslims Alone
3/14/2012 -The Afghan Curtain Falls More Rapidly
3/7/2012 -America Is a Great Country, but Its Attitude Overseas Needs Work
2/29/2012 -Energy Protectionism Is Not Good Policy
2/15/2012 -Provocations Against Iran Follow a Rich Tradition
1/29/2012 -U.S. Could Use Other Avenues for Getting Oil from Persian Gulf
1/25/2012 -Democratization: Indigenous Beats Imported
1/18/2012 -Cut Carriers Now
1/17/2012 -Iran Sanctions Won’t Work
1/11/2012 -Don’t Count on Obama’s Defense Cuts
1/3/2012 -How to Avoid a Return to Iraq
12/28/2011 -Sometimes, Bad-Tasting Medicine Needs to Be Swallowed
12/21/2011 -No War for Oil: US Dependency and the Middle East
12/14/2011 -Quit Preaching and Lead by Example
12/7/2011 -Pro-Business vs. Pro-Market: What’s the Difference?
11/30/2011 -Moderation in Following the Constitution Is No Virtue
11/16/2011 -What Michele Bachmann’s Mount Rushmore Picks Reveal
11/2/2011 -Libya Victory Portends Endless Intervention
10/21/2011 -Another Potential Quagmire on the Horizon
10/5/2011 -The Government’s Illusory Terrorist Threat
9/28/2011 -A Double Standard for the Ultimate Penalty
9/14/2011 -Government Always Seems to Focus on the Wrong Things
9/7/2011 -Comparing Obama and Bush on Civil Liberties and War
8/31/2011 -Cut Back on Bad Policy or Quit Altogether?
8/24/2011 -Triumph in Libya? Not So Fast, NATO
8/10/2011 -US Terror Lists Should Be Downsized
8/4/2011 -Let’s Hope for Continued Fiscal Gridlock
7/20/2011 -United States Fails to Stand for Peaceful Change
7/13/2011 -Sudan’s Lessons for Iraq
7/6/2011 -Militarism Is Not Patriotism
6/29/2011 -Like Nixon, Obama Will Waste Lives to Get Reelected
6/22/2011 -Republicans Bungle War-Powers Pushback
6/15/2011 -Triumphalism Hides Many Important Foreign-Policy Failures
6/8/2011 -Can Obama Escape from Afghan War?
6/8/2011 -Accelerate Withdrawals from Afghanistan and Iraq
6/1/2011 -Obama Should Follow FDR’s Example in Dealing with Generals, Not Lincoln’s
5/25/2011 -U.S. Reticence on Thuggish Repression in Kurdistan
5/18/2011 -Across-the-Board Spending Cut Proposals Go Mainstream
5/17/2011 -A History of Demonizing the ‘Enemy’
5/11/2011 -‘Unprovoked’ Attacks, From 1812 to 9/11
5/10/2011 -Declaring Victory over Osama
5/4/2011 -Let’s Call It ‘VO Day’ and Get Out
4/27/2011 -Don’t Expand the Military’s Antiterrorism Role
4/20/2011 -Across-the-Board Cuts Are the Only Road to Budget Reduction
4/13/2011 -US Out of Iraq. Really.
4/6/2011 -Libyan Intervention Fraught with Risks
3/30/2011 -High Costs May Not Be the Worst Aspects of the Attack on Libya
3/23/2011 -Buy Two Wars, Get Another for Half Price
3/16/2011 -Another Imperial Quagmire?
3/9/2011 -A Superpower Needs to Emulate an Economic Superhero
3/2/2011 -Should the U.S. Government Encourage Potential Darwin Award Winners?
2/21/2011 -Did Reagan Win the Cold War?
2/16/2011 -Across-the-Board Cuts Needed to Avoid Fiscal Armageddon
2/9/2011 -Tear Down This Wall (of Fame): Reagan’s Overrated Foreign Policy
1/25/2011 -A Hezbollah-Run Lebanon Poses Little Threat to U.S. Security
1/19/2011 -Russian Arms Control Proposals Worth Considering
1/12/2011 -Don’t Expect Iraq to End Like Sudan
12/29/2010 -Extending Nuclear Umbrella Is a Bad Idea
12/22/2010 -A Radical Solution for the War in Afghanistan
12/15/2010 -Carrots Likely Better Than Sticks in Iran Dealings
12/1/2010 -U.S. Policy Toward the Koreas Is Unrealistic
11/24/2010 -New START Is Worthy, but Let’s Not Violate the Constitution to Save It
11/17/2010 -Government Sexual Molestation in Airports Is ‘Over the Top’
11/10/2010 -Can W. Reinvent His Presidency?
11/3/2010 -Ted Sorensen’s Death Should Cause Reflection
10/27/2010 -Expand the Role of the Citizen-Soldier Without a Draft
10/20/2010 -Continued Foibles in Iraq and Afghanistan
10/13/2010 -Woodward’s Exposé Documents What We All Suspected
10/6/2010 -Will Militarization of the First Amendment Undermine the Republic?
9/29/2010 -The Taliban: Forced Into Negotiation While Winning?
9/22/2010 -Democracy Is Overrated
9/15/2010 -The Koran Burning-Islamic Center Brouhaha
9/8/2010 -No Tears Needed Over the Demise of the U.S. Empire
9/1/2010 -Assessing the Iraq War
8/25/2010 -The Possible Prosecution of WikiLeaks
8/18/2010 -Histrionics Over the Mosque: Symbolism Crowds Out Reality
8/11/2010 -COIN Thinking on a Larger Scale Might Work
8/4/2010 -What to Do About the Wars
7/28/2010 -The Main Effects of the WikiLeaks Documents Are Political
7/21/2010 -Ending the Gaza Blockade Might Help Israel as Much as Gaza
7/14/2010 -Soccer Bombing Should Not Prompt More U.S. Meddling
7/7/2010 -New Rankings Overrate Obama
6/30/2010 -The Second Coming of Petraeus
6/23/2010 -Taliban’s Time Horizon Longer Than America’s
6/16/2010 -Turkey’s Policy Toward Iran Is Worth Emulating
6/9/2010 -Taking Bush’s Preventive War Doctrine Underground (Sort Of)
6/2/2010 -Israeli Attack May Have a Silver Lining
5/26/2010 -Intelligence Reform Is a Failure
5/19/2010 -Defending Everything Is Defending Nothing
5/16/2010 -Don’t Roll Out the Red Carpet for Afghanistan
5/12/2010 -Feting a Fetid War
5/5/2010 -Iraq: Controlled Devolution or Uncontrolled Disintegration
4/28/2010 -To the Tea Party: War and Liberty Aren’t Fellow Travelers
4/21/2010 -Should U.S. Be More Involved in Israeli-Palestinian ‘Peace Process’?
4/15/2010 -Obama’s Nuclear Achievements: Less Than Meets the Eye
4/7/2010 -Let’s Get Our Own Foreign Policy House in Order Before Criticizing Others
3/31/2010 -Does the U.S. Government Understand the Terrorist Threat?
3/26/2010 -Not Out of the Woods Yet in Iraq
3/24/2010 -More Sanctions Against Iran Are Not the Answer
3/17/2010 -Making Unneeded Enemies in Somalia
3/11/2010 -On Guantánamo, Symbolism Trumps Substance
2/24/2010 -Learning From History: Can the U.S. Win the Afghan War?
2/10/2010 -Liberty Versus
2/3/2010 -The U.S. Can No Longer Afford Its Empire
1/27/2010 -Why Freeze Spending on Only Part of the Budget?
1/20/2010 -The Next Crisis for Obama?
1/13/2010 -Politics Gets in the Way of Obama’s Perceptiveness
1/6/2010 -Is Dick Cheney Unpatriotic?
12/30/2009 -Learning the Wrong Lessons From the Attempted Bombing
12/23/2009 -Trying to Reduce Our Only Existential Threat
12/16/2009 -Obama’s Peace Prize Continues Tradition of Dubious Choices
12/9/2009 -More ‘Corruption’ Is Needed in Afghanistan
12/2/2009 -Pay for the War, or Just Call It Off?
12/1/2009 -Obama’s Wrong Road in Afghanistan
11/25/2009 -Government Terrorism Lists Are a Holiday Turkey
11/18/2009 -Civilian Trials for 9/11 Suspects Aren’t Enough
11/11/2009 -Why Most Counterinsurgency Wars Fail
10/28/2009 -Obama Still Doesn’t Quite Get It
10/21/2009 -Is Adulation of the Military Really Patriotic?
10/14/2009 -Five Facts About Afghanistan
10/8/2009 -Fire McChrystal and Get Out of Afghanistan
9/30/2009 -Empathy for ‘Adversaries’
9/23/2009 -Obama Needs to Expand on His Good Instincts in Foreign Policy
9/16/2009 -Mourning the Passing of an Unsung Giant in Human History
9/9/2009 -To Escalate the Escalation?
9/2/2009 -Japanese Landslide a Mixed Bag for U.S.
8/27/2009 -Fallacies in U.S. Oil Policy
8/26/2009 -Canada Copies U.S. Customs
8/17/2009 -Iraq: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
8/10/2009 -Treat North Korea As a Child Psychologist Would
8/3/2009 -Was Rummy Really Wrong?
7/24/2009 -Lessons from Sudan for Iraq
7/20/2009 -The Sinister Purpose Behind Bush Administration Lawlessness
7/13/2009 -To Mitigate Economic Armageddon
7/6/2009 -Iraq: The Coming Train Wreck
6/29/2009 -Is Barack Obama’s Realism Better than George W. Bush’s Idealism?
6/22/2009 -Obama: Walking the Tightrope on Iran
6/15/2009 -Better Relations with Iran Require Change in U.S. Thinking and Policy
6/5/2009 -Obama Versus Osama
6/1/2009 -The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict—Why the U.S. Should Care Less
5/26/2009 -Terrorism and Civil Liberties
5/18/2009 -Don’t Admit the Ukraine into NATO
5/11/2009 -How the U.S. Empire Contributed to the Economic Crisis
5/4/2009 -Has a Stake Been Driven through Neo-Conservative Foreign Policy?
4/27/2009 -Obama’s First 100 Days: A Mixed Record
4/20/2009 -Tortured Posturing on Harsh Interrogation Techniques
4/13/2009 -China’s Threat to the U.S. Is Exaggerated
4/6/2009 -How to Combat Mexican Drug Cartels
3/30/2009 -The U.S. Should Fear Its Friends
3/23/2009 -Warning from Bosnia for Iraq
3/16/2009 -Hypocrisy in Government
3/9/2009 -End “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
3/2/2009 -Erasing Red Ink
3/2/2009 -Read the Fine Print
2/23/2009 -Obama’s Policy on Civil Liberties: Bush Lite?
2/9/2009 -Misreading the Iraqi Election Results
2/2/2009 -Guns and Butter (Again)
1/26/2009 -Prosecute George W. Bush for Illegal Acts
1/20/2009 -From Van Buren to Bush, a Better Way to Rank U.S. Presidents
1/19/2009 -Who Should Obama Look to for Advice?: Jimmy Carter
1/15/2009 -Presidencies of JFK, Reagan and Teddy Roosevelt Show Style Trumps Policies
1/12/2009 -We Can No Longer Afford the Empire
1/10/2009 -Reconsidering How to Evaluate Presidents
1/2/2009 -Is Israeli Policy Crazy?
12/29/2008 -Lame Duck Bush Administration Continues to Inflame Islamist Terrorism for Its Successor
12/22/2008 -Shoehorning the Bush Legacy
12/17/2008 -Policies More Important Than Charisma
12/15/2008 -Lessons on the Battlefield Need to Be Learned at a Higher Level
12/8/2008 -The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself
12/1/2008 -Heed Russia’s Warnings About Further NATO Expansion
11/24/2008 -Military Action May Sometimes Be Moral and Constitutional, But Not Smart
11/17/2008 -Obama’s Challenges Are Unprecedented in U.S. History
11/10/2008 -Good Bye Neoconservatives. Hello to Their Liberal Brethren?
11/3/2008 -Is a “Resurgent” Russia a Threat to the United States?
10/27/2008 -Campaign Endorsements: Obama Gets Colin Powell and McCain Gets Al Qaeda
10/20/2008 -Will Transplanting the Strategy in Iraq to Afghanistan Save the Day?
10/13/2008 -Herbert Hoover Redux
10/6/2008 -In Politics, If You Have to Be Honest, Wait Until the End of Your Term
9/29/2008 -Republicans on the Left and Democrats on the Right
9/22/2008 -The U.S. Should Worry About Bin Laden, Not the Taliban
9/15/2008 -Is George W. Bush the Worst President in U.S. History?
9/8/2008 -A President Needs Good Judgment Rather than Experience
9/1/2008 -U.S. Dependence on Foreign Oil: Why We Shouldn’t Be Alarmed
8/31/2008 -Reining in the Empire
8/22/2008 -Missile Defense May Cause Downward Spiral in U.S.-Russian Relations
8/15/2008 -Crisis in the Caucuses
8/8/2008 -The U.S. Government Is the Real Bioterror Threat
8/1/2008 -We Don’t Need a War on Terrorism
7/28/2008 -Did the Surge Work?
7/21/2008 -Are 400,000 Terrorists, 44 Terrorist Groups, and Five State Sponsors of Terror Trying to Attack the United States?
7/14/2008 -An Aggressive and Hypocritical U.S. Policy Toward Iran
7/7/2008 -Should the Government Kill Its Own Citizens?
6/30/2008 -Can the Air Force Be Reformed?
6/23/2008 -Lessons for Iraq from the Former Yugoslavia
6/16/2008 -Ungrateful Allies
6/9/2008 -Is the Real Problem “Isolationism” or Bipartisan Aggression?
6/2/2008 -Ominous Opposition to a Long-Term U.S. Military Presence in Iraq
5/27/2008 -Negotiating with “Terrorists and Radicals”
5/19/2008 -Bob Gates’s Hope to Reform the Pentagon Is Barking at the Moon
5/12/2008 -The Bush Administration Politicizes Tragedy in Burma
5/5/2008 -Reverend Wright Is Not Totally Wrong
5/4/2008 -Bush’s War on Terror Dangerously Counterproductive
4/28/2008 -Quagmires and Wacky Personnel Policies Are Straining the All-Volunteer Military
4/14/2008 -Things Unsaid at the Petraeus Hearings
4/13/2008 -Executive or Imperial Branch?
3/31/2008 -Putting Lipstick on a Pig: More Doublespeak on the Situation in Iraq
3/24/2008 -Key to Getting a More Restrained Foreign Policy: Modify Defense Subcontracting?
3/16/2008 -Five Years of War: Let the Country Divide, and Get Out
3/11/2008 -Happy Birthday, DHS!
3/3/2008 -Accepting Reality Is No Vice, and Being Oblivious Is No Virtue
2/25/2008 -Bush “Triples Down” in Pakistan
2/18/2008 -Threats of Our Own Making
2/18/2008 -Nested Partitions for Kosovo
2/15/2008 -Ron Paul: Direct Descendant of the Founders
2/4/2008 -What to Do About Pakistan
1/28/2008 -A Cynical Effort to Save Bush’s Legacy
1/21/2008 -Hope in Iraq
1/14/2008 -Charlie Wilson’s Warlords
12/19/2007 -The Solution to the Kosovo Problem: Partition Within a Partition
11/15/2007 -U.S. Role in Bringing Pakistan to the Abyss
10/19/2007 -United States Has Double Standard at Home and Abroad
10/2/2007 -Iraq Is Already Partitioned: Here’s How to Make it Work
9/19/2007 -Why “Partition” (of Iraq) Is a Dirty Word
8/28/2007 -Iraq’s Last Best Hope?
8/13/2007 -Government Blunders Create More Demand for Its Services
7/31/2007 -Iraq Solution: Try Gerrymandering
7/16/2007 -Payback for NATO Expansion
7/9/2007 -Would a Full-Blown Iraqi Civil War Really Be that Bad for the United States?
7/2/2007 -U.S. Role in Islamist Terrorism
6/18/2007 -Accept Reality: Iran and North Korea Will Not Be Denied Nuclear Weapons
6/11/2007 -A Responsibility to Help Iraqi Refugees
6/4/2007 -The U.S. Military Presence in South Korea Is Not a Model for Iraq
5/29/2007 -Pakistan Is Going Down the Road of the Shah’s Iran
5/21/2007 -Decentralizing Iraqi Governance Is the Last Hope
5/14/2007 -Mission Accomplished—For Iran
5/7/2007 -Time for Iraqi Self-Determination
4/30/2007 -Missile Defense Obsession Lessens U.S. Security
4/23/2007 -Chertoff Uses Totalitarian Comparisons To Defend War on Terror
4/16/2007 -Will Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Curtail Future Military Adventures?
4/9/2007 -U.S.–Made Mess in Somalia
4/2/2007 -Kudos for Nancy Pelosi’s Visit to Syria
3/26/2007 -Ratcheting Up Sanctions on Iran Is the Wrong Approach
3/19/2007 -Would Terrorists from Iraq Follow U.S. Troops Home?
3/12/2007 -China Returns Fire on U.S. Human Rights Abuses
3/5/2007 -Containing Iraq’s Civil War Is Not the Answer
2/26/2007 -Another U.S. Escalation in Afghanistan?
2/19/2007 -Iraq: Enough Blame to Go Around
2/12/2007 -A Foreign Policy that Only Tarzan Could Love
2/5/2007 -Wasting Billions on Military Spending
1/29/2007 -Demagoguery Posing as Scholarship
1/22/2007 -Rebellion Over Iraq: Son Against Father
1/15/2007 -U.S. Escalation Doomed by Shi’ite Opposition
1/8/2007 -Say Good-bye to a Future Republican Presidency
12/29/2006 -The Best Friend of Instability and Islamism: George W. Bush
12/22/2006 -U.S.–Exacerbated Civil War in Another Nation: Somalia
12/18/2006 -Top Ten Things Not to Do in Iraq
12/11/2006 -More Cheer for the Holiday Travel Season
12/4/2006 -The Coming Clash Over Iraq Policy
11/27/2006 -Economic Coercion Is Not an Effective Foreign Policy Tool
11/20/2006 -“Cutting and Running” Is Preferable to “Staying and Praying”
11/10/2006 -Revisiting Iran-Contra: The Nomination of Robert Gates
11/6/2006 -Disregarding Democracy
10/30/2006 -Filling the Spin Vacuum
10/23/2006 -U.S. Arrogance in Iraq
10/17/2006 -Partitioning: The Way Out of Iraq
10/16/2006 -The U.S. Should Stop Training Forces for the Expanding Iraqi Civil War
10/2/2006 -Kissinger Gives Bush Bad Advice on Iraq
9/25/2006 -Negroponte Tries to Cloud Intelligence Analysis on the War on Terror
9/18/2006 -What to Do about Iranian Nukes
9/11/2006 -Fear Mongering on the Anniversary of 9/11
9/1/2006 -What If the U.S. and Iranian Presidents Did Debate?
8/28/2006 -Selective Prosecution of War Crimes
8/21/2006 -The Cult of the Offensive
8/14/2006 -The Bush Administration Makes New Enemies Daily
8/7/2006 -9/11 Commission Chairmen Admit Whitewashing the Cause of the Attacks
7/31/2006 -The Bush Administration’s Iran-Friendly Foreign Policy
7/24/2006 -Israel Is Winning the Battle, But Not the War
7/20/2006 -Review of Winning the Un-War: A New Strategy for the War on Terrorism
7/19/2006 -Israeli-Arab War: Terrorism on Both Sides
7/16/2006 -Not the Worst President Ever, But a Definite Contender
7/3/2006 -Politicians Should Exhibit Prior Restraint, Not the Media
6/26/2006 -Give Iran Positive Incentives to Halt Its Nuclear Program
6/19/2006 -Win One for the Gipper (Ayatollah Khameini)
6/12/2006 -Zarqawi’s Death Is Likely a Plus for the Iraqi Insurgency
6/5/2006 -Iranian Nukes: U.S. Denial of Reality
5/29/2006 -On Memorial Day, Honor the War Dead but Question America’s Wars
5/26/2006 -Government Secrecy Is a Farce
5/15/2006 -Abolish Both the Hayden Nomination and NSA
5/8/2006 -The Failed Intelligence Reorganization Needs Reorganizing
5/1/2006 -The United States May Have to Live with a Nuclear Iran
4/24/2006 -U.S.-Chinese Summit Leaves Strategic Relationship Unexamined
4/17/2006 -Should Retired Generals Speak Out Against Rumsfeld?
4/10/2006 -Is Veneration of the Military Good for the Republic?
4/3/2006 -Wanted: A Freer Market in U.S. Politics
3/27/2006 -Top Ten Mistakes the Bush Administration Is Repeating from Vietnam
3/20/2006 -Conservatives Advocate a Big Government Solution to Iraq
3/13/2006 -President Bush’s Metamorphosis in Foreign Policy
3/6/2006 -Nuclear Assistance to India: Building a Future Menace?
2/27/2006 -Just Say “No” to Israel in NATO
2/20/2006 -Dubai Ports World: Commercial Racial Profiling
2/13/2006 -Show Linguists the Money
2/13/2006 -Restoring the Rule of Law and Constitutional Government
2/6/2006 -More Defense Dollars, Less Security
1/30/2006 -Political Earthquake in Palestine
1/23/2006 -Military Action Against Iran?
1/16/2006 -“War on Terror” Continues to Create Terrorists
1/9/2006 -An Imperial Presidency Based on Constitutional Quicksand
1/5/2006 -It’s What We Do
12/30/2005 -Chatting Up the TSA
12/23/2005 -Bush’s Presidency Most Resembles that of LBJ
12/19/2005 -George W. Bush’s Impeachable Offenses
12/12/2005 -Making the World Safe for Theocracy
12/5/2005 -TSA Treats for Holiday Travelers
11/28/2005 -U.S. Can Head for the Exits in Iraq, But Shouldn’t the Flames Be Doused First?
11/21/2005 -The Failure of Nation-Building in Bosnia and Iraq
11/14/2005 -The New Al Qaeda: More Dangerous than the Old Version
11/7/2005 -Surveillance Society
10/31/2005 -Medals for Libby, Rove, and Cheney?
10/26/2005 -The Iraq Constitution: And They Call This Victory?
10/24/2005 -Critics on Iraq Policy Come Out of the Woodwork Too Late
10/10/2005 -Cheney’s Counterproductive Policy Toward Terrorists
10/3/2005 -Time to Fire Karl Rove and “Scooter” Libby
9/26/2005 -U.S. Must Resign Itself to “Rogue” State Nukes
9/19/2005 -Democratic Hallucinations in Afghanistan and Iraq
9/12/2005 -Sarai State of Affairs
9/2/2005 -Will the Government’s Abysmal Response to Katrina Recur During a Terrorist Attack?
8/29/2005 -Top Ten Reasons to “Undo” Iraq in Due Haste
8/22/2005 -Will Iraq’s Constitution Be Irrelevant?
8/18/2005 -Time to Streamline Burdensome Airport Security
8/8/2005 -The Failed “War on Terror”
8/1/2005 -The Politics of Troop Withdrawal
7/25/2005 -Rolling the Dice on India
7/18/2005 -A Roving Ethical Problem
7/11/2005 -Why Did Terrorists Strike London?
7/1/2005 -The U.S. Government Should Stop Meddling in the Oil Market
6/27/2005 -Negotiations with Iraqi Rebels Are a Good Start But Not Enough
6/20/2005 -Americans Are Finally Waking Up to the Failure of U.S. Policy in Iraq
6/13/2005 -A Make-Over to Disguise Ugly U.S. Policy
6/6/2005 -Economics More Vital than Politics for Lasting Russian Freedom
5/31/2005 -Avoid Threatening China Over Its Currency
5/23/2005 -The Harvest of Messianic Foreign Policy: Anti-U.S. Radical Islam
5/16/2005 -Media Coverage of Intelligence Manipulation Reflects Public Acceptance of Imperial Presidency
5/9/2005 -True Patriots Should Worry More about Freedom at Home
5/2/2005 -Bush Administration Bluster Exacerbates Nuclear Proliferation
4/25/2005 -Evidence that the U.S. May Be Losing the Global War on Terror
4/18/2005 -Reforming the Homeland Security Department Is Unlikely
4/11/2005 -Coexisting with a Rising China?
4/4/2005 -Another Commission Recommends Bureaucratic Buffet to Fix U.S. Intelligence
3/28/2005 -Three Strikes for Empire
3/21/2005 -Free Trade vs. National Security: Is There Really a Contradiction?
3/14/2005 -Morning in the Islamic World?
3/7/2005 -Ending the Death Penalty for Juveniles Is Not Enough
2/28/2005 -George W. Bush Fails to Learn from Jimmy Carter’s Naive Human Rights Policy
2/21/2005 -Saber Rattling Against Syria
2/16/2005 -Nuking Our Strategy Toward North Korea
2/7/2005 -Iraq: Purple or Still Black and Blue?
1/31/2005 -Are Iraqi Elections a Panacea?
1/27/2005 -Decentralizing Power in Iraq Is the Only Hope for Peace and Prosperity
1/24/2005 -Should Iran Be The Next Target?
1/17/2005 -U.S. Foreign Policy: Question All Assumptions
1/10/2005 -Will the U.S. Senate Endorse Torture?
1/3/2005 -Greater Government Spending Has Not Enhanced National Security
1/3/2005 -Mortgaging the Future of Our Armed Forces
12/23/2004 -Kill Missile Defense Now
12/13/2004 -Next Target: Iran?
12/6/2004 -Rumsfeld’s Muddy Quagmire
11/29/2004 -Failure after Falluja?
11/22/2004 -U.S. Policy Harms Prospects for Middle East Peace
11/15/2004 -Politics and the CIA
11/8/2004 -Fear for the Future of the Republic
11/1/2004 -Bush’s Electoral Prospects Get a Little Help from Overseas
10/26/2004 -American Exceptionalism
10/24/2004 -A Draft or Merely Hot Air?
10/11/2004 -Protecting America or the President’s Reelection Chances?
10/4/2004 -War Lies Are Piling Up
9/29/2004 -Chechen Attacks on Russia: A Harbinger for the United States?
9/27/2004 -More Bureaucracy, Less National Security
9/20/2004 -So Far, You Can Fool Most of the People Most of the Time
9/13/2004 -Have 1,000 U.S. Souls Died for Oil?
8/30/2004 -Bush’s “War on Terror”: No Lack of Imagination
8/23/2004 -Being Pro-War Is Not Necessarily Patriotic
8/17/2004 -Is Protecting Us the Government’s First Priority?
8/16/2004 -Bringing Back Saddam (Almost)
8/3/2004 -What Color Is the Wolf Today?
7/27/2004 -9/11 Report Omits Key Player—Foreign Policy
7/20/2004 -Oops, They Invaded the Wrong Country?
7/13/2004 -Senate Intelligence Committee Lets the Bush Administration Off the Hook on Iraq
7/6/2004 -Morning in Iraq?
6/29/2004 -“Fahrenheit 9/11” or “Farce and Hype 7-11”
6/22/2004 -Bush Continues the “Big Lie” in the Face of Mountains of Contrary Evidence
6/18/2004 -After June 30: Courting Disaster in Iraq
6/11/2004 -Mourn Reagan’s Death but also His Legacy
6/8/2004 -Tenet Now, Rummy and Wolfie Soon
6/1/2004 -Courting Disaster: Bush’s Real Strategy in Iraq
5/24/2004 -Mr. President, What Planet Are You On?
5/18/2004 -Think the Unthinkable: Partition Iraq
5/11/2004 -Torture in Iraq: Appalling; Politicians’ Reactions: Not Much Better
5/4/2004 -Torturing Iraq in an Unnecessary War
4/27/2004 -The Ill-Wind of the Draft
4/20/2004 -A Hypothetical Memo from Osama bin Laden
4/13/2004 -Laziness in the Face of Mortal Danger
4/6/2004 -The Long Ignominious Slide to Defeat in Iraq
3/30/2004 -Being the Government Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry
3/23/2004 -It’s Lonely (and Potentially Dangerous) at the Top
3/16/2004 -Mayhem in Madrid
3/9/2004 -Blowback: U.S.- and Israeli-Style
3/2/2004 -Déjà vu All Over Again in Haiti
2/25/2004 -Body Count Redux
2/24/2004 -Avoid the Temptation to Meddle in Haiti
2/11/2004 -U.S. Iraq Policy Uncovered
2/4/2004 -Are We Fighting a Real War on Terror at All?
1/28/2004 -Weapons of Mass Destruction Are Overrated as a Threat to America
1/21/2004 -Why Do Iowans Like to Caucus But Iraqis Don’t?
1/14/2004 -A War in Search of a Reason
1/7/2004 -With Friends Like These, U.S. Enemies Don’t Seem As Bad
12/31/2003 -The Greatest Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself
12/22/2003 -Hard-line U.S. Foreign Policy: Symbolic Gain, Real Pain
12/15/2003 -One Autocratic Belligerent Deposed, One to Go
12/10/2003 -Winning Over Arabs Using Israeli Tactics
12/3/2003 -Let Them Eat Turkey
11/26/2003 -Generating Crises and Winning Votes by Pretending to Solve Them
11/19/2003 -“Turning Point” in the War in Iraq: But Which Way Is It Turning?
11/12/2003 -Double Standards in Double Time: Bush’s Plan to “Democratize” the World
11/5/2003 -Is Iraq Another Vietnam?
10/29/2003 -Cut Losses: Leave Iraq
10/29/2003 -Having a Bad Day, Wolfie?
10/22/2003 -Pyrrhic Victories on Iraq?
10/14/2003 -Can America “Spin” Away Anti-U.S. Hatred in Islamic Countries?
10/7/2003 -A Bureaucratic Fix For Iraq?
10/3/2003 -$600 Million More for P.R. in Iraq?
9/30/2003 -Open Warfare: Bush vs. the Intelligence Community
9/24/2003 -U.S. Iraq Policy: The Day the Roof Caved In
9/16/2003 -The Best Alternative for Iraq
9/9/2003 -U.S. Intervention Backfires
9/3/2003 -Is North Korea Afraid?
8/28/2003 -Report Card on the Bush Administration’s “War on Terrorism”
8/26/2003 -Going to Extremes
8/18/2003 -Death to Capital Punishment
8/6/2003 -“War on Terrorism”: Does the U.S. Government Really Have Our Best Interests In Mind?
8/1/2003 -Bush’s Quagmire
7/24/2003 -Intervention in Liberia Is Too Risky
7/22/2003 -Bush Administration Deception on Iraq: Only the Tip of the Iceberg
6/27/2003 -The Myth of “Humanitarian” Intervention
6/23/2003 -Bush Deception on Iraq War II: Is the Public to Blame?
6/5/2003 -Bush Administration’s Weapons of Mass Deception
5/30/2003 -Bush’s Renewed Push for Middle East Peace: A Siren’s Song
5/13/2003 -The American Taxpayer Is Paying Dearly to Be Attacked by Terrorists
5/9/2003 -Look to Iran for the Real Costs of the War in Iraq
4/30/2003 -Is Withdrawal of U.S. Forces from Saudi Arabia Enough?
4/20/2003 -WANTED: New Player for the “Axis of Evil” Team
4/9/2003 -A 51st Star for Old Glory?
4/1/2003 -Bush’s Early Blunders in the War Are Downplayed by the American Media
3/31/2003 -Is the U.S.’s “Rosy Scenario” in Iraq Holding?
3/25/2003 -How Gulf War II Differs from Gulf War I
3/12/2003 -Frying the French
2/21/2003 -Poking the Hornets’ Nest: Sanctions Against North Korea
2/20/2003 -A Dangerous Military Adventure Indeed
12/20/2002 -Bush’s Department of Homeland Security: Enhanced Protection or Bureaucratic Bloat?
11/12/2002 -Smallpox: U.S. Government Is Endangering Americans to Run Risky Foreign Policy
11/6/2002 -National Security Policy Turned on Its Head
10/13/2002 -Containing and Deterring Saddam
9/7/2002 -The U.S. Must Have Stronger Evidence for War in Iraq
8/22/2002 -Top 10 Reasons Not to “Do” Iraq
8/11/2002 -The Saudis: Treat Them as Friend, Foe or Neither?
8/2/2002 -Bush Foreign Policy Makes Clinton Look Good
6/10/2002 -Bush Plan Is “Just Do Something”
5/17/2002 -Vanquish the Crusader
5/10/2002 -Lessons from Israel: Bush Must War
5/5/2002 -Military Increase Will Delay Reforms
3/18/2002 -Beef or Pork?
2/5/2002 -Security Spending Hikes: Real Improvements or Bureaucratic Largesse?
2/3/2002 -Defending Forward: Going After Terrorists Threatens to Spread U.S. Military Forces Too Thin
1/31/2002 -War on Terrorism Gets Too Excessive
1/27/2002 -Saudis Offer Easy Way Out, So Let’s Take It: We Should Withdraw Our Forces Gracefully
1/25/2002 -Arabs, Americans and bin Laden
1/23/2002 -Turn the War on Terrorism Into a War by Proxy
12/20/2001 -Attack Somalia If We Must, But Not Iraq
12/15/2001 -Don’t Leave the ABM Treaty—Yet
10/8/2001 -Ominous Harbinger of the Future
10/5/2001 -U.S. Ignores Bio-Threat at Its Peril
9/24/2001 -A Not-So-Global War on Terrorism?
9/19/2001 -Don’t Give Bin Laden Total Victory
8/30/2001 -Defense Reform is Dead
7/1/2001 -Can Military Reform Be Salvaged?
6/4/2001 -Hopelessly Flawed Osprey Lives to Fly Another Day
6/1/2001 -Enshrining the “Reagan Legacy” Could Cost Taxpayers Plenty
5/10/2001 -Bush’s Grandiose Missile Defense Scheme
5/2/2001 -Go Slow on Missile Defense
4/18/2001 -Rumsfeld vs. the Pentagon: Is the F-22 at Stake?
2/13/2001 -Which Weapons Should President Bush Skip?
2/4/2001 -Weaponry or Waste?
1/5/2001 -The Marines’ Osprey Is a Taxpayer Albatross
11/14/2000 -No One Noticed, but President Did the Right Thing
10/6/2000 -Serbia’s Revolt: U.S. Role Hasn’t Helped
9/8/2000 -Missile Defense: Delay Is Not Abandonment
9/5/2000 -A Hollow Military Debate in the Presidential Election
8/24/2000 -Let the Defense Debate Begin
7/31/2000 -Crying Wolf: The Navy Does Not Need More Subs
7/12/2000 -Missile Defense Test Obscures Tough Issues
6/29/2000 -Recommendations from Terrorism Commission Belong in the Circular File
6/1/2000 -George W. Bush’s Vision for Nuclear Security: Vestiges of the Cold War
5/6/2000 -Insufficient Response to Terrorism
4/30/2000 -Media Coverage of the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of Vietnam Rewrites History
2/17/2000 -Resist Giving FBI More Authority in Cyberspace
1/24/2000 -Should U.S. Missile Defense Be Limited to a Ground-Based Systems?
12/22/1999 -Year 2000 Warning from Uncle Sam: “Duck and Cover”
10/19/1999 -Panama Canal Stirs Cold Warriors
10/12/1999 -Ghosts of the Cold War
9/22/1999 -Death by a Thousand Cuts: Small Operations Such as East Timor Can Tax U.S. Forces
9/19/1999 -U.S. Arrogance, Intervention Fuel Anti-American Terrorist Attacks
9/16/1999 -A “Grand Deal” on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty: A Faustian Bargain
7/28/1999 -Are U.S. Government Efforts in Counterproliferation Counterproductive?
7/26/1999 -F-22—A Needed Fighter . . . Or a Fantasy?
7/7/1999 -President in Denial on Solution to Catastrophic Terrorism
6/3/1999 -Chinese Nuclear Espionage: Is the Hysteria Warranted?
5/29/1999 -NATO Marching to Lose-Lose Situation
5/27/1999 -Even if NATO “Wins” a Kosovo Ground War, It Loses
5/11/1999 -Kosovo Intervention Highlights European Free Riding
4/5/1999 -America Doesn’t Need Three New Fighter Planes
3/9/1999 -Global Cop Role Carries Risk
2/26/1999 -Reasons for Restraint
1/8/1999 -Holiday Cheer at the Pentagon
1/8/1999 -Military Spending Hike Is Simply a Gift to Special Interests
10/7/1998 -The U.S. Government Is Endangering
9/23/1998 -Hike Military Funding?
9/2/1998 -Terrorism: Cohen’s Terrifying Trade-Off
7/24/1998 -The U.S. Military: Overextended Overseas
7/13/1998 -Catastrophic Terrorism: Clinton is Missing the Point
7/1/1998 -We’ve Earned a Peace Dividend
6/12/1998 -Adjusting to Iraq—and Reality
6/9/1998 -Nuclear Proliferation in South Asia
5/1/1998 -Nuclear Rapport with India, Pakistan Beats Hostility
2/3/1998 -The Costs of NATO Expansion
2/1/1998 -The Terrorist Retaliation U.S. Risks in Attacking Saddam
1/1/1998 -A Military Strike Against Iraq: Merely Saving Face
11/23/1997 -Higher Defense Spending Would Be a Huge Waste of Money
11/3/1997 -A Broader Definition of Defense Pork is Needed
11/3/1997 -Putting the Pentagon on a Low-Fat Diet
-The Staying Power of Petty Tyrants
-Aggressive Nuclear Policy: Enhancing or Detracting from U.S. Security?
-The Clinton Administration’s Tough Rhetoric
-The Only Thing Elusive