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The 111th Congress has been discredited by its arrogant disregard for the public and has been repudiated at the polls. President Obama and his allies in the Senate are, nonetheless, trying to use the lame-duck session to get a "zombie Senate" to foist on the American people right before Christmas a dangerous New START nuclear arms treaty with Russia. There are compelling reasons why the handful of Republican senators who will decide whether this treaty is approved in its present form - under artificially constrained circumstances that allow minimal opportunity for informed debate - should just say no. Some of the most compelling include:
"Conventional wisdom" too often means that otherwise smart people have stopped thinking. You can tell when it takes hold: Buzzwords get repeated. Obvious truths are denied. And the critical faculties, so essential for serious thought, are met with derision.
A suicide bomber blew up his car Sunday outside government offices in a province west of the Iraqi capital, killing 17 people, including women and elderly people waiting to collect welfare checks, officials said.
Intelligence officials say foreign fighters have been slipping back into Iraq in larger numbers recently and may have been behind some of the most devastating attacks this year, reviving a threat the U.S. military believed had been almost entirely eradicated.
In February, Turkey privately expressed opposition to increased sanctions on Iran but acknowledged that the entire Middle East is worried about the theocratic regime developing nuclear weapons.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Tuesday denied reports that Turkey had listed Israel as a threat in a key policy paper and that he, himself, had questioned the Jewish state's long-term viability.
State Department cables reveal that, despite its public silence, the U.S. government is aggressively working behind the scenes to make the world safer.
The Obama administration has labeled its North Korea policy "strategic patience," stressing that Pyongyang must make the first move to return to diplomatic negotiations. But after the revelations of a uranium-enrichment facility that can be used to fuel nuclear weapons and last week's deadly artillery bombardment of South Korean territory, one would think patience with this policy has run out.
"Extortion" is an ugly word to describe an ugly art, and nobody is better at extortion than those wild and crazy guys in Pyongyang. But who's crazier than foolish marks who fall all over themselves to submit, like sheep for shearing, to an extortionist's evil scheme?