Foreign/Defense Policy

Notes on the War in Afghanistan: Why we can win

By John Biver

“The fight in Afghanistan is not about nation building or turning a tribal state into Westminster. The goal is to provide enough stability and Afghan support to prevent the country from once again becoming a sanctuary for terrorists who could attack the U.S. In short, this is a fight in our strategic interests.”

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Notes on the War in Afghanistan: Why We Fight

By John Biver

Many of us will be voting for a congressional and a U.S. Senate candidate in the Republican primary in just a few months, and one of the pressing issues our representatives will be dealing with is what to do in Afghanistan.

As I wrote on November 11th, this issue is actually like any other issue. It’s the responsibility of our leaders to thoroughly understand what’s at stake – the problem, its cause, and the foundation for the genuine solution.

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Human nature is the tie that binds economic, social, and foreign policy (Part 1)

By John Biver

To fight – or not to fight. Is the War in Afghanistan a necessary war or not? Barack Obama doesn’t seem to be sure. Was the Iraq War necessary? You’ll find people on both sides of the political divide with different answers.

One thing is certain – and our founders knew it – that mankind was – and is – problematic. And so too are the forces unleashed by the nations that man creates.

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Setting a standard for Congressional leadership

Setting a standard for Congressional leadership

By John Biver

There are fewer than 50 days until petitions get filed, and candidates and soon-to-be candidates are everywhere. Also in motion are the politicians who now hold one office but prefer a different one. At least six members of the 22-member GOP caucus in the state senate are seeking to escape that body, either running statewide or for Congress.

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History, harsh politics, and tough words

By John Biver

Two notable events happened on this day in history. In 1864 Atlanta fell to General Sherman in the Civil War, and in 1939 Germany invaded Poland – starting World War II. The nice thing about history is that it doesn’t go away even if we forget it or ignore it. Important events can serve to remind us about the real world and human nature if we pay attention.

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Armistice Day and Echoes of History

By John Biver

Recently I watched an old black and white movie – the title escapes me – that opens with a World War I aerial dogfight where one of the pilots keeps checking his watch to see if the war was over yet. In the opening minutes of the film a couple of planes get shot down, men are killed, and then the hour arrives and they cease firing. The combatants salute each other and fly their separate ways.

The events portrayed fictionalize what actually took place ninety years ago today.

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History lessons and politicizing foreign policy

By John Biver

Jack Kelly writes that Barack Obama’s attempts at soaring rhetoric include historically false statements. After the North Carolina primary, Obama said this in defense of his intent to meet with America’s enemies without preconditions:

“I trust the American people to understand that it is not weakness, but wisdom to talk not just to our friends, but to our enemies, like Roosevelt did, and Kennedy did, and Truman did.”

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