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The long overdue withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan raises urgent questions about the fate of the Afghan interpreters, engineers, and other contractors who assisted U.S. troops during the last two decades: Will we invite them into the country they risked their lives to help, or leave them to the Taliban? In 2006, Congress established […]
This Navy Veteran Was Deported Over a One-Time Marijuana Offense. After Nearly a Decade in Exile, He’s Back in the U.S.
Howard Bailey came to the United States from Jamaica when he was 17. He served nearly four years in the Navy right out of high school, completing two tours in Operation Desert Storm and earning a National Defense Service Medal. But when it came time for Bailey—a lawful permanent resident—to apply for citizenship, his application […]
It’s now less than one week until August 31, the deadline that President Joe Biden has set for the full U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan. An unknown number of American citizens and Afghans who assisted the U.S. military are still stuck there, and with the Taliban calling August 31 a “red line,” the pressure is […]
After 20 years of U.S. military intervention, trillions of dollars lost, and thousands of soldiers and civilians killed in Afghanistan, that conflict’s conclusion is now written. Afghanistan has fallen to the Taliban. President Ashraf Ghani has fled the country. The Taliban’s quick takeover defied even the most pessimistic projections from America’s foreign policy elites. Critics […]
Point Roberts, Washington, has always been isolated. Nineteenth-century cartographers are to blame for that. As Great Britain and the United States squabbled over what would become the Canadian border, mappers chose the 49th parallel as the boundary. The whole of Vancouver Island went to the British, but everything else south of the line was to […]
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted yesterday to repeal the two laws that authorized America’s wars in Iraq. The resolution will now progress to the Senate floor for a full vote. Those laws, the 1991 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) and the 2002 AUMF, were passed to give the president broad discretion […]
Among other supply chain issues sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, the world now faces a shortage of blood plasma, which is used in life-saving therapies for people who have certain chronic illnesses. A new policy implemented by the Biden administration serves to make that shortage worse. On June 15, Customs and Border Protection announced that […]
The United States and Iran met today at the Tokyo Olympics to play basketball. The elephant in the room—decades of geopolitical saber-rattling and proxy violence—was nowhere to be seen. The Americans clapped as the Iranian national anthem played. The Iranians applauded “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Handshakes and niceties were exchanged before and after the game. It […]
On Paper, Biden Is Ending the U.S. Combat Mission in Iraq. He’s Actually Leaving American Troops in Danger.
In a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on Monday, President Joe Biden announced that the U.S. combat mission in Iraq would draw to a close by the year’s end. At face value, the move sounds much like Biden’s push to withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan by August 31. But the devil’s in […]