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Articles by Kim R. Holmes

Dara Blumenthal of Brooklyn shows off her personal debt during a rally Thursday on Wall Street against the proposed government bailout. (Associated Press)

HOLMES: Massive debt to drive U.S. decline

America is a great nation. It enjoys unprecedented wealth. Its people are among the freest in the world. And, with the world's most powerful armed forces, the United States is largely the master of its own destiny. Published October 29, 2009

**FILE** President Obama (Associated Press)

HOLMES: Obama defines success downward in Afghanistan

In March, President Obama thought that defeating al Qaeda and the Taliban was critical to national security. "[I]f the Afghan government falls to the Taliban — or allows al Qaeda to go unchallenged," he warned, "that country will again be a base for terrorists who want to kill as many of our people as they possibly can." Published October 15, 2009

HOLMES: National defense as first principle

Ever wonder why "provide for the common defence" appears right in the preamble of the U.S. Constitution, signed 222 years ago Thursday? Published September 17, 2009

Yukio Hatoyama, leader of the Democratic Party of Japan, the country's main opposition party, smiles surrounded by red rosettes attached on victorious candidates' names during the ballot counting for the parliamentary elections at the party's election center in Tokyo on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009. The DPJ was set to win more than 300 of the 480 seats in the lower house of parliament, ousting the Liberal Democrats, who have governed Japan for all but 11 months since 1955, according to projections by all major Japanese TV networks. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

HOLMES: The end of an era in Japan?

Sixty-four years ago this week, the Japanese formally surrendered to Allied forces on the USS Missouri, ending World War II. Thus began a long era in U.S.-Japanese relations characterized by a shared strategic vision and broad cooperation on security. Published September 3, 2009

President Obama and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (Astrid Riecken/The Washington Times)

HOLMES: Afghanistan's war, election challenge Obama

President Obama this week called the war in Afghanistan one of "necessity," not choice. It is, he proclaimed, the "central front in the war on terrorism ... where the Taliban is gaining strength. ..." He solemnly concluded, "This is a war that we have to win." Published August 20, 2009

HOLMES: Defense games and arms races

It's an alluring idea: If the United States disarms or restrains its military forces, other countries would do the same. The notion is gaining ground in the Obama administration; it needs very careful scrutiny. Published August 6, 2009

**FILE** A man carries a Chinese flag. (Associated Press)

HOLMES: Missing the mark on economic talks with China

Some Americans seem to think that China's rebuff of President Obama's economic and climate-change strategy at the recent Group of Eight summit was bad news. They were disappointed that Beijing refused to commit to clear ceilings for its carbon emissions and alarmed at its calls for a new international reserve currency to replace the dollar. Published July 23, 2009

**FILE** Hugo Chavez

HOLMES: Deja vu on dictators, double standards

Thirty years ago, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick charged the Carter administration with hypocrisy and doublethink. Why, she asked in "Dictatorships and Double Standards," did President Carter always seem to find fault with the human rights records of friendly powers while letting unfriendly states off the hook? Why, she wondered, was the triumph of unfriendly states considered beneficial to America's "true interests?" Published July 9, 2009

President Barack Obama returns to the White House following a trip to Normandy for a D-Day commemoration and Egypt where he delivered a speech outlining his vision for relations with the Muslim world, Sunday, June 7, 2009. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

HOLMES: The importance of hard power

It was not Prime Minister Gordon Brown's finest hour. In his D-Day speech earlier this week, the beleaguered British leader solemnly announced: "Next to Obama Beach, we join President Obama in paying particular tribute to the spectacular bravery of American soldiers who gave their lives." Published June 11, 2009

President Barack Obama speaks at the Eisenhower Executive Office building on Friday. He travels to Egypt next month. **FILE PHOTO**

HOLMES: What Obama should tell Muslim world in Egypt

Next week, President Obama travels to Egypt to make a major address to the Muslim world. If past experience is any guide, he will continue apologizing for America's "mistakes" and bend over backward trying to explain that the United States is not a threat to Islam. Published May 28, 2009

HOLMES: Free trade as a stimulus strategy

Most people agree that, when it comes to economic recovery, more economic activity is better than less. When companies buy and sell more goods and services, we get more jobs and growth. Published May 14, 2009

Local residents on Monday flee Pakistan's Lower Dir district, where Pakistani security forces launched an operation against militants. The Taliban said their peace deal with the Pakistani government was "worthless."

HOLMES: Moment of truth in Pakistan

Next week, President Obama will meet the leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan in the White House. He'll have his work cut out for him. Increasingly, Pakistan holds the key not only to success in Afghanistan, but to peace in the entire South Asia region. Published April 30, 2009

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Illustrations of North Korean missiles are displayed at an observation post in Paju, South Korea, near the border village of Panmunjom. North Korea vowed Tuesday to restore nuclear facilities it has been disabling and boycott international talks on its atomic weapons program.

HOLMES: Why cut missile defense now?

An enemy tests a weapon that could kill millions of your countrymen in the near future. Having worked diligently on a defense against such attacks, your government has one within reach. Then, suddenly, it pulls back on this effort. Published April 16, 2009

President Barack Obama meets with Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev at Winfield House in London, Wednesday, April 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

HOLMES: Starting arms talks all over

President Obama has started planning a new round of nuclear arms negotiations with the Russians. He apparently hopes to rid the world of nuclear weapons. This indeed could be an opportune time to rethink arms control. And who doesn't want a world safe from nuclear Armageddon? Published April 2, 2009

FBI Director Robert Mueller arrives for a meeting at the Indian Home Ministry in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday. Associated Press

HOLMES: India should be policy linchpin

As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama repeatedly charged that then-President Bush had "alienated" America from the rest of the world. He accused Mr. Bush of bullying allies and suggested that he would do a better job of reaching out to old friends and finding new ones. Published March 5, 2009

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the Asia Society in New York on Friday. (Associated Press)

HOLMES: U.S. backtracks on missile shield

A Turkish general once said: "The problem with having the Americans as your allies is you never know when they'll turn around and stab themselves in the back." Published February 19, 2009

The downturn of the economy has many Americans worried. Many are making an effort to cut their spending. Associated Press

HOLMES: Debt, high taxes economy killers

The best way to pull out of the recession is to keep America competitive in the global marketplace. Competition, both domestically and from abroad, keeps prices low for American consumers and businesses. It also makes us attractive to foreign investors. Published February 5, 2009