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Sep 11, 2012 0 Comments

11 years after 9/11 why are we still fighting the last war to keep America safe? Articles / Opinion Editorials

Authors: J.D. GORDON

As we mark the 11th anniversary of September 11 terrorist attacks on America, we’re undoubtedly safer to flying on a plane – but that’s just about it.

Sure, a lot has been accomplished since that horrific day — we’ve patched holes in our faulty methods for sharing intelligence, we’ve enacted the Patriot Act to boost surveillance and prosecutions, implemented rigorous albeit inefficient TSA checks at airports, plus killing, capturing and interrogating top terrorists overseas.

However, in many ways, we’re fighting the last war to protect our homeland…. Continue Reading »

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Sep 5, 2012 0 Comments

Iranian Weapons on America’s Doorstep Articles / Opinion Editorials


While many of the world’s leaders traveled to a Mexican seaside resort in Los Cabos for the annual Group of 20 meeting a couple weeks ago, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad traveled a little farther south, to Rio de Janeiro, for another meeting of world leaders – the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. This was Mr. Ahmadinejad’s sixth visit to Latin America since 2007 and his second this year.

In addition to BrazilMr. Ahmadinejad visited President Evo Morales in Bolivia and took time to stop by Venezuela to confer with his ideological bedfellow, Hugo Chavez, rounding up a three-nation tour of South America before heading back to Tehran on June 22.

On the surface, these visits produce press releases filled with pledges of solidarity, and the occasional signing of commercial agreements, but once the pageantry is over, such commercial agreements rarely materialize and the pledges of solidarity are revealed as little more than political posturing. All these unfulfilled promises and the lack of voluminous trade or business leave one to wonder what really lies beneath the surface in Iran’s foray into Latin America…. Continue Reading »

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Jul 16, 2012 0 Comments

Five signs Obama is losing Latin America Articles / Opinion Editorials

Authors: J.D. GORDON

While President Obama made headlines for downplaying the threat posed by Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez to national security, such naive remarks should hardly come as a surprise given his track record.

Though most of Mr. Obama’s newsworthy foreign policy proclamations have pertained to the Middle East, Europe and Asia, his judgment calls on Latin America have been equally bad — albeit less frequent and generally underreported. Siding with the Chavez-led leftist alliance on the Honduras “coup” in 2009 comes to mind.

People are paying attention. After visiting with scores of economic and political scholars from throughout the Western Hemisphere at the 25th anniversary conference of the Bogota-based Instituto Ciencia Politica think tank in late June, it’s evident that Mr. Obama is losing Latin America.

Here are five signs why:

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