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My Turn: D-Day's clarion call

...responsibility to respond to the call with courage and commitment. That is the lesson of all our D-Days.? James Jay Carafano is vice president of defense and foreign policy studies at The Heritage Foundation.
Educating our way to a more peaceful foreign policy

...much of its history remains concealed in our government's classified vaults.One could take the view expressed by James Jay Carafano of The Heritage Foundation. In a syndicated piece published last Friday in the Empire, he wrote that the federal...
Con: Should President Obama have asked Congress for a declaration of war before firing missiles into Libya?

No one declares war anymore! Not since World War II has any nation declared war on another - with the possible exception of a 1967 declaration against Israel by five Arab countries. While fighting remains as common as ever, the practice of issuing formal declarations has gone out of style.
Con: Should the US halt the use of unmanned 'killer' drones?

No war can be won by defense alone. There is a reason White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan recently felt confident enough to declare that al-Qaida was "on the ropes." Progress came from taking the offensive.
Pro: US must be willing to bomb Iran, but only as last resort

WASHINGTON - "Bombs away" should not be the first military response from the United States, but respond we must. Closing international waters is a blockade - essentially an act of war against other states.
Failing the US system

...whether or not she does enough to prevent it from failing next time. Because next time we may not be as lucky. James Jay Carafano is senior research fellow for national security and homeland security in the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for...
The Jones Act: Lost at sea

Who would have thought the Gulf oil spill would make a 90-year-old law newsworthy? The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act, was meant to save the merchant marine industry by requiring ships that plied American waters be built in the United States and manned by American crews. After the oil started gushing, lawmakers started demanding that the government waive the law to speed international assistance for the cleanup. What the White House can't waive, however, is the ongoing damage caused by the Jones Act. The policies it embodies are a remnant of a worldview that contributed to economic collapse and the Great Depression.
Con: The US should declare the Afghan war unwinnable and withdraw troops on life. Running away would end nothing. Indeed, it would be but the prelude to more 9-11 style misery. James Jay Carafano is senior research fellow for national and homeland security at the Heritage Foundation. Readers may write to the...
Con: Quasi-military contractors provide good bang for the buck in war zones

...bad contractors. But in most cases, the Pentagon and taxpayers get very good value for their contractor dollar. James Jay Carafano is a senior research fellow for national security and homeland security at the Heritage Foundation. Readers may...
Obama's border security plan a bust

...S. voluntarily. Others will lose the incentive to come here illegally. That makes sense. Amnesty does not. James Jay Carafano is senior research fellow for national security at The Heritage Foundation.


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