lee hamilton

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Why aren't we talking about the fact that America is fighting six wars? Several journalists pose that question in recent columns, and it's a good one.
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The U.N. is not crumbling, but it is in trouble as an effective institution. As President Barack Obama told the Security Council, it is time for a course correction in our approach to global cooperation.
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But the threat to our institutions and our sense of security demands we get our counterterrorism strategy right. We have been working on this for 15 years, and the American people have a right to be impatient.
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Some critics of our current policy seem to have analyzed the problem quite well, but that doesn't necessarily mean they have found the solution.
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For now, it seems unlikely that Russia will engage in new, major offensives in Ukraine and elsewhere in Eastern Europe. But Putin certainly gauged correctly that the U.S. and its allies would not be willing to fight his actions -- that our response would be nonmilitary.
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Isolated and secretive, North Korea presents the United States with a unique challenge we cannot ignore. The North Korean nuclear arsenal is becoming steadily more alarming, and it is past time for the United States to get serious about the threat.
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We also need to press hard for effective governance in Iraq, Syria and other embattled regions and work to stabilize the
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During the Cold War, we relied on the doctrine of "mutually assured destruction." We believed that neither the United States nor the Soviet Union would launch an attack because it would produce massive and destructive retaliation. But the world has changed, and we are in a high-risk era when the presence of nuclear weapons raises the stakes for global conflict, accidents and terrorism.
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The mass shooting last month at a nightclub in Orlando and the unbroken barrage of attacks in Turkey, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and elsewhere have dominated news reports, reminding us that the threat of terrorism is real and constant.
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It is time for a new approach. While it won't be easy, we need to create an immigration system that focuses on the welcoming the immigrants we need to support economic growth and vitality while maintaining our national security.
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As we watch the nightly television news or read the international section of any major newspaper or digital news, we see a world in disorder and turmoil.
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Late last month, President Barack Obama made his fourth, and likely his last, trip as U.S. president to Saudi Arabia in an attempt to ease growing tensions and reaffirm America's longtime friendship with the kingdom. His trip, however, turned out to be mostly thorny.
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Fifteen years after the 9/11 murders, we have uncovered a part of that truth, let us hope it does not take another fifteen years for the whole truth to emerge. Rest assured, we will never give up nor will we ever go away.
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We must work harder here at home at getting our own economic and political house in order for the rest of the world to emulate. Only then will America reflect its true promise -- of life, liberty and justice for all -- and have a real chance at fostering peace around the world.
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We need a less ideological, more serious assessment of the specifics of defense spending. We should not view the Department of Defense budget as sacrosanct. There are many areas where cuts should be seriously considered.
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Most analysts agree that the sanctions represent the toughest and most comprehensive effort to date to punish the North Koreans for repeated nuclear tests that have violated previous resolutions issued by the council, which is expected to vote on the new sanctions in the coming days.
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In these early weeks of 2016, a thoughtful canvassing of world affairs and the challenges to our nation's foreign policy engagement doesn't paint a particularly pretty picture.
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The U.S. will still need to remain active in the region, but we will need to act with tough love, patience and restraint. Understanding our limitations and where we can have the most impact with the resources available to us will be key.
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All of us should feel confident that freedom is more powerful than fear and that America will overcome this challenge if we embrace a united effort that understands the threat, provides clear strategic objectives and a determination to achieve them.
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U.S. leadership is not always appreciated and is often criticized. But I have a hunch that these countries would complain much more -- and enjoy their situations far less -- if American involvement went away.