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The gypsy children of Beirut

I grew up in Warwick, R.I., and, while attending elementary school, I was cast as an orphan in a production of the musical "Oliver!" I can probably speak for most of…

What’s your carbon footprint?

Carbon is the new guilt. And if you don't feel guilty about the carbon you exude, thus threatening the penguins, the polar bears, lower-lying nations, not to mention prime beachfront real…

The alcohol cure

"We are financing a war against ourselves," writes Robert Zubrin, nuclear engineer and author of a new book responding to the distressing fact that Americans and Europeans are sending trillions…

Tolerance cannot be tolerated

From the Department of Flogging Dead Horses, I offer one last thought on Mitt Romney's JFK moment, when he tried to ease the concerns of conservative voters concerning his Mormon…

Destroying tapes violated court order

The Bush administration was under court order not to discard evidence of detainee torture and abuse months before the CIA destroyed videotapes that revealed some of its harshest interrogation tactics. Normally,…

Torture doesn’t work

News that the CIA destroyed tapes of interrogations during which al Qaeda operatives were tortured has elicited little public reaction.…

How Democrats can win the war

"The Democrats have missed a bet," said my friend, the Tall Man, as we slurped down some coffee during our weekly political discussion. "They are crazily pretending that the…

Most see Iraq war as mistake, failure

Growing numbers of people think the U.S. is making progress in Iraq, but most remain convinced the invasion was a mistake and the war will be judged a failure, an…

We shouldn’t export torture

Torture -- or enhanced interrogation techniques, if you wish -- is not part of the American ethos. It is, in fact, forbidden by law and treaty. …

Haven’t we heard this one before?

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown flew into Iraq and essentially told the British troops there, "Mission accomplished. Major combat operations are over." …