Rep. Adam Smith (D-Fantasyland)

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Congressman Adam Smith of Washington is generally pretty sharp on a wide-range of defense and foreign policy issues. As the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, he has displayed an admirable for addressing policy, strategy, and legislation in a thoughtful manner. Many of the positions he holds are of debatable quality, but that’s largely the case for the overwhelming majority of congress. Still, he seems to approach policy with a wonkish dedication to understanding the issues his committee deals with each day.  That’s why a recent statement of his about the foreign . . .
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">Much Ado About Poland

Mitt Romney delivered his long-awaited speech to the Republican National Convention last night accepting the party’s nomination for president. The foreign policy section of the speech ran through the usual litany of complaints about Obama—his non-existent “apology tour,” he doesn’t reference American exceptionalism a minimum of 75 times in every speech, etc.—and was notable for not mentioning the decade-plus war in Afghanistan at all. But one thing he did mention, Obama’s supposed betrayal of Poland by removing ten planned missile defense interceptors, reflects an odd, but infuriating habit among conservatives.

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Targeted Killings: A Necessary Evil?

This post is a guest contribution from H.A. For professional reasons, the writer is using a pseudonym.

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As Americans, we celebrate the news that the man behind the attacks of September 11 has met his ultimate fate. But his death highlights some uncomfortable aspects of current U.S. policy. Among the more prominent issues is targeted killing, or assassination.

Since the congressional hearings of the 1970s that investigated abuses by the CIA and the broader national security community, assassination has been off-limits…sort of. In 1981, President Reagan signed Executive Order 12333, which states that “No person employed by . . .
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Egypt and the limits of U.S. power

Friday saw the culmination of 18 days of protests in Egypt. One day after President Hosni Mubarak’s defiant/insane speech, he was gone – pushed out by the military. There has been some partisan snark comparing the Obama administration’s handling of Egypt (and Tunisia) to the Bush administration’s democracy effort. This is a bit of political point-scoring, to be sure, but there is also some truth to it. The events and the eventual outcome in Egypt reveal the true extent of the United States’ power and influence in the Middle East. It is, in fact, limited.

Though not everything is . . .
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