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Needed Now: A Syrian Kinder-Transport

November 24, 2015

The United States should invite 25,000 Syrian families to send one child 10 years or younger to the United States. There they would stay in foster homes until the war is over. The family could reclaim them any time they choose (they should leave instruction if the child would be available for adoption or be retrieved by other family members if they perish). Because of the age of the children, nobody could claim that they pose a security risk.

When candidates discuss tax increases, these discussions have focused on income and corporate taxes. Copyrights: Jonah Engler

Inheritance Tax: Missing in the Progressive Agenda

November 11, 2015

During the recent Democratic debates, and more generally during the current presidential election campaign, we heard very little about the inheritance tax, even from the progressive candidates. This despite the fact that the amount of money the estate of any single person can exempt from the inheritance tax has consistently increased through the Bush and Obama Administrations--by more than 400%!

Chinese and American Flags, Copyright: futureatlas.com

Lessons from a Sino-US Dialogue

November 02, 2015

A day-long Sino-U.S. meeting served more to flag issues worthy of further deliberation—by all concerned with U.S.-China relations—than to settle them. Among the most salient issues discussed during a recent meeting organized by the China Energy Fund and George Washington University is how far tension-reduction measures can take both nations to the promised land of peaceful co-existence. 

Sgt. Larry J. Isbell, representing the National Guard, watches his firing lane for targets. This photo is copyrighted by the U.S

Who Causes Civilian Casualties?

October 30, 2015

Here we go again, fighting with an arm tied behind our back. American officials say U.S. and allied warplanes "are not striking significant, and obvious, Islamic State group targets out of fear that the attacks will accidentally kill civilians," according to the New York Times. 

USS Lassen (left) during a joint Republic of Korea-United States military exercise. U.S. Navy Photo by John J. Mike (CC BY)

Dangerous "Assertions" of the Freedom of Navigation

October 28, 2015

The United States' sailing of a Navy warship within 12 miles of the Chinese-built island of Subi Reef militarizes the growing conflict over which state (or states) has sovereignty rights over disputed islands in the South China Sea. Moreover, this military exercise is more aggressive than previous ones in which the United States "asserted" its self-appointed role as the world's "cop" who is charged with enforcing the freedom of navigation



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