Issues / War & Peace

Many citizens look back over the 20th century and see the Supreme Court championing individual freedoms and standing in the way of government abuse of power. But this is not the case in many issues involving foreign policy, an issue raised when Samuel Alito was appointed to the Supreme Court. It's Congress, not the courts, that needs to step up to exert its Constitutionally-mandated role of checking executive power.
It is customary early in the New Year to recommend good books to read. And the "Tao Te Ching" should be at the top of President Bush's list. Careening from crisis to crisis with approval ratings drooping, the president should consider the opening lines of chapter 80. "If a country is governed wisely, its inhabitants will be content."
Lost amidst the predictably negative reaction to the victory by Hamas in the Palestinian parliamentary elections is the crucial role that the U.S. government had in bringing the radical Islamist group to power.

Targeting Teheran

With the U.S. military under siege in Iraq, and polls running heavily against the White House's Middle East version of Vietnam, are military strike plans on Iran just bluster and so much talk?
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