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Big Oil has replaced U.S. troops in Iraq, and the country’s oil output, crippled for decades, is growing again, with Iraq recently reclaiming the number two position in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. Now there’s talk of a new world petroleum glut. So is this finally mission accomplished?

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The specific inspiration for weapons proliferation among vulnerable Third World states is the desire to have a nuclear deterrent against invasion or attack by the United States (or in the Iran case, Israel), or by some other nation in the future.

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Call it reckless and/or call it propaganda: A Georgian newscast used footage of Russian troops crossing Georgia's borders in 2008 to present a "simulation" of possible events, including Russian tanks en route to the capital and the killing of the nation's president.

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Barack Obama has no choice but to accept responsibility for America's foreign policy crises. But why should he accept them on the distorted and even hysterical terms by which the Bush administration has defined world affairs since 2001?

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