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What Trump’s “Treason Trip” Exposed about the Right

All this time we’ve been waiting to see what might be uncovered about whether there was “collusion” between Donald Trump and Putin’s Russia during...

Thursday News: Trump Goes to War With NATO Allies; “Trump appears...

by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Thursday, July 12. ‘Rubbing salt in the wounds’: Trump won’t...

Wednesday News: Trump Attacks NATO, Pardons Extremist Ranchers; “Brexit Meets Gravity”;...

by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, July 11. Krugman: Brexit Meets Gravity ("Theresa May is...

Friday News: Kushner the Focus of Russia Investigation; Trump at NATO...

by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, May 26. Jared Kushner now a focus in Russia...

Trump as “Bull” in the American Foreign Policy “China Shop”

This piece -- written before Hillary Clinton's excellent critique of Trump's suitability to be in charge of American foreign policy -- has run in...

Karzai Liquidates the Surge

Afghani sovereignty and self-determination may be making success even more distant. The unilateral decision by the Karzai government to call a halt to the employment of private security contractors means that net, net, the surge will be made meaningless. It will be spent on support functions not "winning the war."

"The security companies have to go." - Karzai spokesman Waheed Omar

From the beginning there have been complaints that private firms are poorly regulated, reckless and effectively operate outside local law. They certainly operate outside the constructs of the traditional laws of land warfare. This was viewed as an unique advantage initially, but incidents like the Blackwater shooting in which 17 Iraq civilians were killed in a Baghdad square have created contentious issues with allies and the host nations.

Forces in Afghanistan, particularly our NATO partners', manage to avoid most direct contact with the enemy and casualties by assigning the defense of their support functions, convoys and installations, to contractors. Thus the coalition's ISAF acronym has come to mean: I Saw Americans Fighting.