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To listen to the bloviators, “religious extremist” means Muslim, and too many Americans buy in without understanding that this “God is (only) on our side” nonsense infects elements in pretty much every belief system. A mandate from God that the adherents of this particular One True Faith should take over our nation’s institutions? Yup.

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In a critique of recent US foreign policy, Defense Secretary Robert Gates openly told an audience of West Point cadets that it would be unwise for the nation to venture into another war like Iraq or Afghanistan foreign policy, Defense Secretary Robert Gates openly told an audience of West Point cadets that it would be unwise for the nation to venture into another war like Iraq or Afghanistan.

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Eight years ago President George W. Bush went to West Point to declare a new, bomb-a-holic course for American security. Now, President Barack Obama has used the same platform to declare a revised doctrine, one that roots security in diplomatic engagement and international alliances.

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In addition to all the other problematic things we might point out about President Obama's West Point speech Tuesday night, there's also the troubling, scheduling-related factoid that the broadcast of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" was bumped out in favor of Obama's highly anticipated Afghanistan oration.

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