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Sequestration, Costs of War, & Syria

By: Michael Clayton With U.S. military intervention in Syria looming, some are worried that sequester cuts to the defense budget will impair the ability of the military to efficiently complete the job, giving the White House an upper hand in the fast-approaching fiscal showdown. Sequestration has reduced the Pentagon’s budget by about $37 billion this […]


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Rare Glimpse into the National Intelligence Program’s ‘Black Budget’

By: Matt McBride Earlier today, The Washington Post released an article detailing the $52.5 billion “black budget” for fiscal year 2013, reopening the Pandora’s Box that is the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC). While the U.S. government has regularly released its overall level of intelligence spending since 2007, how those funds are distributed has not been […]


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Amash, King Represent GOP’s Competing Views on Congressional Approval

By: Matt McBride American children, if they have teachers who teach the real Constitution and not government propaganda, grow up learning that congressional approval is necessary for the United States to declare war and to appropriate funds to wage war. But, as a “distinguished” Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee once told Rep. Ron […]


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A Foreign Policy of Power

By Luke Marrazzo America was a country of strong national defense when we pursued the Jeffersonian policy of “peaceful relations with all, entangling alliances with none.”  Today’s policy of hyper-intervention, by contrast, fosters resentments and creates enemies. This foreign policy is no longer a policy of protecting Americans, but of power. After Snowden’s revelations about […]


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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

By: Wesley Long Advocates of rational foreign policy celebrated legislative victories earlier this week with the passage, in the House of Representatives, of amendments limiting potential U.S. military involvement in Syria and Egypt.  As explained in this article from the McClatchy Washington Bureau, Representative Trey Radel’s (R-FL) amendment on Syria would: “Forbid any military action […]


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