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How France lost Afghanistan

For Joshua Foust, there is a lesson to be gleaned from France’s early exit from Afghanistan for U.S. policymakers: Ambition has its place in warfare, but only if it can be backed up by commitment.

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A ‘messy’ Afghan exit plan

NATO is overselling its plan to pull out of Afghanistan via the “northern distribution network.” While the northern evacuation route certainly lessens the need for Pakistan, it is not a viable replacement for Pakistan’s supply routes, writes Joshua Foust.

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The job stall

However you look at Friday’s jobs report, it’s a stunning reminder of how anemic the recovery has been – and how perilously close the nation is to falling into another recession, writes Robert Reich.

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NATO’s many challenges

Despite dwindling resources, NATO’s ambitions are bigger than ever, writes Joshua Foust. The big question is just how long can its self-delusions last?

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America’s poverty tax

Author Gary Rivlin on the invention of the payday loan, rent-to-own, and a long list of diabolically clever ideas that entrepreneurs have devised to get hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars rich off those with thin wallets.

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It’s time for the U.S. to ratify the Law of the Sea

The Law of Sea treaty will enable the U.S. to assert global leadership and navigate an increasingly complex international security environment without relying on its military, writes Joshua Foust.

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The uneven playing field of unpaid internships

Joshua Foust asks what it says about our society when access to government jobs is increasingly limited to those applicants who can afford to work for free.

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On thought crimes and terror trials

Thought crimes and double standards should not define our fight against jihadist terrorism – sound principles and the rule of law should, writes contributor Joshua Foust.

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Memo to NATO: Stay out of Syrian conflict

NATO may talk a big game when it comes to global security, but its ability to affect war and peace outside of Europe is limited, writes contributor Joshua Foust.

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Will SCOTUS be found wanting in the court of public opinion?

We can hope that in determining the Affordable Care Act outcome, justices with life tenure will be guided by their proper constitutional role, writes Princeton’s Leslie Gerwin.

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A hollow victory: The slow unraveling of Libya

There’s been a months-long string of horrifying stories coming out of Libya that seems to merit mostly shrugs. Joshua Foust asks: What is going on?

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When intervention fails

For contributor Joshua Foust, humanitarian interventions are often advocated for and executed with little thought about what the international community will do once they’re over and the messy work of reconciliation and rebuilding begins.

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The precarious jobs recovery

Jobs are coming back fast enough to blunt Republican attacks against Obama on the economy, but jobs aren’t coming back fast enough to significantly reduce the nation’s backlog of 10 million jobs, writes Robert Reich.

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With Putin’s win, a new chance for reset with Russia

Vladimir Putin’s victory in the Russian presidential election may be disappointing, Joshua Foust writes, but it represents a chance for the U.S. and Russia to start anew.

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Stop starving public universities and shrinking the middle class

Most Americans still believe in the ideal of equal opportunity. And most harbor the patriotic notion that we have responsibilities to one another as members of the same society. The two principles lead to an obvious conclusion: America’s richest citizens have a duty to pay more taxes so kids from middle and lower-income families have chance to make it, writes Robert Reich.

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The Stratfor files: Much ado about nothing

Much like Cablegate, WikiLeak’s latest data dump will go a long way toward making both the government and the corporations that work with government agencies more secretive and less transparent, writes contributor Joshua Foust.