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We’re no longer a ‘can do’ nation

The official ineptitude that has dogged our war effort in Iraq has spread to affect the fate of tens of thousands of Iraqi refugees, many in fear for their…

CIA tape destruction was a criminal act

Michael Mukasey's confirmation as U.S. attorney general became mired in his ambiguity over whether harsh interrogation techniques like waterboarding constituted torture. In the end, the former judge was confirmed but…

Wall of shame

The town of Granjeno is two miles north from the Rio Grande, separating Mexico and the United States. It is just two levees away and neighbors a bird and wild…

Hoover’s plan to throw everyone in jail

We've known for a long time that the early 1950s was a nightmarish time in this country. It was the time of the arch-demagogue, Joe McCarthy. It was the time…

News media downplays Iraq war

As America heads into a Presidential election year where Iraq is a central issue, mainstream media outlets plan massive cutbacks in war coverage and reductions in resources and personnel dedicated…

Katrina remains a national disgrace

One can only hope that the holiday season brings good cheer to those who lost everything two years ago from the hurricanes Katrina and Rita, especially those who were at…

Ten foreign policy wishes for 2008

My list of my top 10 foreign policy wishes for 2008 is presented in reverse order of urgency: 10. Continued frustration for Hugo Chavez. His presidency-for-life derailed by voters smart enough to…

Bhutto’s death is more bad news for U.S.

The assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has dealt a severe blow to U.S. efforts to restore stability and democracy in a turbulent, nuclear-armed Islamic nation that has…

The approaching dread of teenage drivers

As I watched my girls aged 11, 8 and 6 roll around the house on the new scooters they received for Christmas, I found myself offering the usual "be careful!…

Losing role models

They buried Ralph Beard the other day and news of the event brought back a flood of memories, not an unusual occurrence when one begins to enter the springtime of…