Laura Hughes
Laura Hughes
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Who Won the VP Debate: Biden Showed Passion, Reenergized the Obama Campaign

Stick with live updates from PolicyMic of the 2012 vice presidential debate.

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Guantanamo Bay Still Open, But Release of Youngest Detainee by Obama is a Step in the Right Direction

The release of Omar Khadr, the youngest prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, is a positive step forward and evidence of the Obama administration's continued efforts to close the infamous detention center.
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Romney Foreign Policy Tour Disaster: 5 Countries That Would Actually Welcome Mitt

Here is a list of five countries that might surprisingly welcome a visit from Mitt Romney, despite his recent dismal performance in the U.K.
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Batman Shooter James Holmes Proves America is Not Exceptional

The president of an exceptional country should not have to publicly condemn the second mass shooting in less than two years.
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Mitt Romney Foreign Policy Team: 17 of 24 Advisors Are Bush Neocons

Mixed in with that decidedly neoconservative crowd are a number of very thoughtful and moderate voices. But which group he is actually listening to?
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Deadly Pakistan Friendly Fire Attack: U.S. Apologizes, But That Will Not Fix the Relationship

America's decision to apologize for the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers is a smart move for the "greater good," but this by no means signals a broader reconciliation with a difficult ally.

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Egyptian President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood Are No Threat to Israel and America

Israel's doom and gloom scenario in the wake of Egypt's presidential election is as infuriating as it is disingenuous. It's time the U.S. stopped listening.
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President Obama's Drone Strikes May Kill Terrorists But They Won't Defeat Al Qaeda's Ideology

The central problem in the ongoing drone debate is the tendency to criticize the weapon and not the U.S.' continuing failure to confront Al-Qaeda's ideology.
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Top 5 Foreign Policy and National Security Sites to Read Each Morning

Whether you're inexperienced or well-versed, these are the top five sites you should read every morning for the best analysis in U.S. national security and foreign policy.
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Al-Qaeda Double Agent Plot Was An Extraordinary CIA Intelligence Coup

The joint effort by the CIA and Saudi intelligence to infiltrate Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the most lethal of the Al-Qaeda affiliates, was nothing short of brilliant intelligence work.
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Obama, Colin Powell, and Guantanamo Tortures: 3 Portraits of Leadership This Week

Three episodes this week speak to tough decision and leadership and the tendency to subsequently be defined, for better or worse, by those decisions.

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Osama Bin Laden Death: How Was Osama Able to Live Under Pakistan's Paw for Six Years?

One year later, we still don't know how the world's most wanted terrorist lived seemingly comfortably in the heart of one of Pakistan's most popular vacation towns for six years.
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CIA Expands Drone Use, But Has it Stopped Investing in Human Intelligence?

With the Pentagon's new premium on intelligence collection and the CIA's expanded targeted drone powers, are we are seeing a puzzling role reversal within the realm of U.S. national security?
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What Is Happening to U.S. Military Discipline?

The latest images of U.S. troops defiling Taliban bodies is a clear indication of a breakdown in military leadership that falls on the shoulders of the noncommissioned officer class.
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Election 2012: Obama's Foreign Policy is His Best Asset

President Obama has shown himself to be both an agile diplomat and savvy commander-in-chief, which ought to serve him well as he gears up for a tough reelection campaign.
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New Al-Shabaab Terrorist Attack in Mogadishu Won't Derail Somalia's Recovery

Al-Shabaab's recent attack at the National Theater should not dispel the hope that Mogadishu is making an impressive comeback in the face of continued challenges.

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U.S.-Pakistan Relationship: Maybe It's Time to Break Up

With the U.S.-Pakistani relationship in tatters despite recent U.S. concessions on drone strikes, is it finally necessary to acknowledge that this friendship is virtually over?
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Mohamed Merah: France's Toulouse Killer Shows Intelligence Failures Are Inevitable

French security services should be thoroughly reviewed for their handling of the threat posed by Mohamed Merah, but with the acceptance that intelligence failures are sometimes inevitable.
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U.S. Must Stay in Afghanistan as a Matter of Honor

Despite a series of disturbing events, the U.S. must stay in Afghanistan until 2014, if only to hammer out a peace deal and leave the country with a degree of American honor still intact.
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Israel Could Thank the United States Once in Awhile

The next time an Israeli prime minister comes to Washington, instead of a list of demands, he should bring a thank you note.