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Freedom Isn’t Free at the State Department

On the same day that more than 250,000 unredacted State Department cables hemorrhaged out onto the Internet, I was interrogated for the first time in my 23-year State Department career by State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security for posting on my blog a link to a WikiLeaks document already available elsewhere on the Web.

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Stick to the Deadline in Afghanistan

When he ordered his escalation of the war in Afghanistan, President Obama pledged that U.S. troops “will begin to come home” in the summer of 2011. Discouraging reports from the war zone should make him more determined to keep his promise—and Americans more insistent on holding him to it.

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Love and Haiti









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Nation Building









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Blundering U.S. Should Spare the World Any More Nation Building

According to a new report, the U.S. has accomplished little more in Iraq than restoration of the basic services destroyed by the American invasion and the looting that followed. This is after killing or wounding—how many, a half million?—Iraqi civilians in order to liberate them. No wonder the Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at George W. Bush.

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Bush the Internationalist

“It’s hard to keep up with George W. Bush’s shuttles between internationalism and isolationism. You may recall ... he couldn’t even be bothered to learn the names of the Grecians and Kosovians.”

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