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Global Opportunity Costs: How the Iraq War Undermined U.S. Influence

March 19, 2013 When people talk about the cost of the war in Iraq, they speak about the hundreds of billions of dollars that frittered away in the Mesopotamian dust and the spilled blood of Iraqi, American, British, Italian, Polish, Spanish and countless other souls swept up in a conflict that has no ...

Obama says those accountable in Afghan killings will face 'full force of the law'

March 13, 2012 President Obama called the weekend killings of Afghan civilians "unacceptable" and "outrageous" and said that anyone involved will be held accountable "with the full force of the law." Speaking to reporters in the Rose Garden on Tuesday, Obama said he was "heartbroken over the loss of innocent life." An American ...

Obama signs debt deal, turns to job creation

August 2, 2011 President Obama's appearance in the Rose Garden Tuesday seemed like the end of a storm. He announced that the Senate had passed the deal he brokered with Congressional leaders, thanked the American people for "keeping up the pressure" on Congress, and talked the important work to be done after the ...

Washington loses patience with counterinsurgency in Afghanistan

June 24, 2011 John Nagl is the kind of guy who brings to mind F. Scott Fitzgerald's wicked line in The Great Gatsby about people who succeed at such an early age that "everything afterward savors of anticlimax." A star at West Point and a Rhodes scholar, the native Nebraskan was only 37 ...