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Obama’s address

Richard Abrams, professor emeritus of history | December 2, 2009

Caught in a no-win situation not of his making, President Obama made the best case he could — as a lawyer representing a sorry interest must do.  Differentiating Afghanistan from Vietnam by noting that A. bore some responsibility for 9/11 where as V. was more of a war of choice, was a great lawyer’s stroke.  But … Continue reading »

Isolated again…….America’s War

Beverly Crawford, Professor emerita, Political Science and International and Area Studies |

President Obama is dreaming when he says that the Afghanistan war “is an international effort” and that he is confident there will be further contributions from America’s allies in the weeks ahead.  He would like to turn back the clock to the days of global unity after 9/11 when the United States had near universal … Continue reading »

Will someone in Washington please say it out loud: The problem is on the other side of the border

Steven Weber, professor of political science and at the School of Information, faculty director of the Center for Long-term Cybersecurity |

Have you ever had a sinus infection?  You can’t get rid of it by rubbing antibiotics on your cheeks, or by taking a decongestant.  Someone has to go in and clean out the source of the infection.  Otherwise, you’re just masking the underlying problem and making yourself feel a little better, while the infection festers. … Continue reading »