Biden to exit the “Graveyard of Empires.” What’s next?

The April 9, 2010 cover of Time Magazine still shocks. Eighteen-year-old Aisha, her nose cut off, was an all-too-common example of why we were told then that the United States should not leave Afghanistan. After Aisha had run away from home to escape an abusive husband and in-laws, they caught her, sliced off her ears …

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Immigration, pt 2 – Addressing Root Causes

The pictures grip our hearts; the policies spin our heads.  Curbing the current flow of migrants at our southern border requires massive coordination, especially with the Northern Triangle nations of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. This means thinking creatively and applying  wisely a variety of carrot-and-stick incentives, both there  and here. It won’t be easy, …

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Immigration, pt 1 – Making Sense of the Scene at our Southern Border

The images from our southern border are disturbing. Watching hundreds of children and other would-be asylum seekers crowded into facilities meant to hold far fewer and only briefly is unsettling. It’s hard to shake the video clip of two men dropping a three-year-old and five-year-old over the barrier between Mexico and the United States, then running away from their callous act.  Hearing dramatic anecdotes that …

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