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Containing the National Security State represents more than 100 editorials that assess the militarization of U.S. governance and U.S. foreign policy.

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More Evidence Regarding Henry Kissinger’s Lies About Chile

“Chile is a dagger pointed at the heart of Antarctica.” – Henry A. Kissinger. Our 240 years of history have not produced a more controversial secretary of state than Henry A. Kissinger.  There are enormous achievements associated with Kissinger, including the Strategic Arms Limitations Treaty and the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 1972; the step-by-step agreements…

The CIA Director Should Not be Part of the Policy Process

Presidents typically announce controversial personnel and policy decisions on a Friday to ensure that the Saturday papers, which are not widely read, are charged with informing the general public.  This was the case this past Friday, when President Joe Biden appointed CIA director William Burns to the Cabinet.  President Harry S. Truman, who created the…

A Grain Airlift for Ukraine

Implementing a grain airlift for Ukraine would be the obvious way to celebrate the 75th anniversary year of the Berlin Airlift, which was conducted from June 1948 to September 1949. Just as the success of the Berlin airlift was an embarrassment to the Soviet Union, a successful grain airlift would be embarrassing to the Russian…

Goodness Gracious, David Ignatius: The Light at the End of the Tunnel

“The light at the end of the tunnel is just the light of an oncoming train.” – Robert Lowell “The thing about tunnels is that if you keep moving through them, darkness eventually gives way to light.” – David Ignatius, Washington Post, July 19, 2023 The Washington Post’s senior international affairs columnist, David Ignatius, is one…