Doug Scott
Doug Scott
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Why It's Militarily Impossible to Halt Iran's Nuclear Pursuits

It is time to accept the futility of a conventional military campaign against Iran and start moving towards more effective and realistic solutions to keep Iran from going nuclear.

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Strategy, Not Politics, Must Dictate Spending

Reductions in military spending are inevitable, but the president and Congress should be very careful to err on the side of strategy, and not politics, when debating which programs to let go.
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U.S. Intervention in Libya Undermines Nonproliferation Strategy

NATO intervention in Libya reveals America's incompetent and inconsistent strategy when dealing with nonproliferation.
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Obama Withdrawal Strategy Not Bold Enough

Obama's strategy for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan fails to slam the door on the war. Made with the best intentions, the strategy falls short of expectations.
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Romney, Paul: Withdraw Troops Now

Some mainstream conservatives now believe Afghanistan can't improve unless American forces leave the region, but they fail to realize the potential consequences of this drawdown.
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Drilling at Home Does Nothing For U.S. Oil Addiction

The U.S. needs to shift energy priorities away from foreign countries' oil, as well as resist the temptation to start drilling at home. What is needed is an alternative energy source.

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USIP's Funding is Cut to Give More Money to the Military Budget

The USIP offers important services in rebuilding post-conflict zones. Congress recently passed a budget bill that would destroy this institution. This would diminish U.S. foreign policy goals.
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U.S. Arms Sales To Taiwan Ensure Cross-Strait Stability

Though the number of U.S. weapons sold to the Taiwan is high, their technological sophistication remains below China's own arsenal. Still, arms sales give Taiwan an edge in negotiation.
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U.S.-Pakistan Relations: Keeping Friends Close, Enemies Closer

As the U.S. moves to withdraw from Afghanistan, it is necessary to strengthen diplomatic influence with Pakistan through continued funding. Staying close to Pakistan is the best choice.
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Liberals Prove They Aren't Weak On Defense

The "tough" foreign policy methods of the Bush administration are over, replaced by a restrained, yet targeted strategy under Obama. But this liberal foreign policy is by no means "soft."
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Transition to Autonomy Should Be the Primary Afghanistan Objective

In a post-bin Laden world, the U.S. must determine if occupation of Afghanistan is still vital to national security. At some point soon, the Afghan government will need to fend for itself.