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To defeat the Islamic State, the U.S. will have to go big

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Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

To defeat the Islamic State, the U.S. will have to go big

| June 24, 2015

The announcement this month that 450 additional U.S. trainers and support troops will deploy to Iraq represents a modest step forward in the fight against the Islamic State. But the move by itself will not turn the tide in a faltering effort. To succeed in the president’s ambition of ultimately destroying the Islamic State — or even to contain its gains or roll them back — a broader and more intensive effort is needed.

In this Dec. 8, 2011 photo, a ferry boat cruises in front of a container ship being loaded at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif.


Analysis & Opinions - The Wall Street Journal

Economic Growth Is a National Security Issue

| May 26, 2015

"The truth is that national security and economic strength are inextricably linked, and Washington needs to pursue both," write Michèle Flournoy and Richard Fontaine. "In siloed government agencies, though, they are too often considered in isolation. America’s economy is the foundation of its military and political power, and boosting growth helps relieve the downward pressure on defense and foreign-affairs budgets that reduces Washington’s ability to shape international events. With the world aflame from Syria to Ukraine, and tensions with China rising, the demand for U.S. power is higher than it has been in decades. The challenge today is supplying it."

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., third right, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, meets February 19, 2015 with Prime Minister Abe and other top Japanese officials, in talks promoting the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP.

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Analysis & Opinions - The Wall Street Journal

A Trade Deal with a Bonus for National Security

| March 8, 2015

On the Big Island of Hawaii beginning Monday, U.S. officials will host trade negotiators from 11 nations spanning Asia and the Americas to work toward completing what could be the most significant trade deal in a generation. Five years in the making, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would cover 40% of global gross domestic product and a third of world trade.

The Smart-Shopping Way to Cut Defense Spending

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The Smart-Shopping Way to Cut Defense Spending

| July 07, 2013

With more than a decade of war coming to a close and the U.S. government facing daunting fiscal challenges, the defense budget is on the chopping block. Without a budget deal that addresses tax and entitlement reforms, defense spending will play a disproportionately large role in getting the nation's economic house in order. The 2011 Budget Control Act mandated that the Defense Department cut nearly $500 billion over the next decade and crafted the sequestration straitjacket now binding the Pentagon.

Kandahar, Afghanistan's second city, is the southern counterweight to Kabul, the capital.

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Kandahar and hope

| Mar. 21, 2013

Kandahar. Ancient crossroads of Central Asia. Home province of Taliban leader Mullah Omar, and the site from which Osama bin Laden began to prepare the Sept. 11 attacks. Epicenter of the fight pitting Afghan and NATO forces against the Taliban over the past dozen years. Region where patronage networks led by the likes of the late Ahmed Wali Karzai, together with centuries-old tribal rivalries, have greatly complicated our counterinsurgency campaign and efforts to help Afghans establish good, or at least better, governance.

A U.S. flag hangs in front of the Capitol building.

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Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Reforming outmoded government

| August 23, 2012

"As the United States peers into the abyss beyond the 'fiscal cliff,' we must come to terms with a sobering reality: Even if Congress manages to take last-minute action to avoid a 'Thelma and Louise' moment for the country, the road ahead could still lead to catastrophe if we fail to navigate well. Unfortunately, if our past behavior is any guide, we risk taking several wrong turns."