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Americans still trust Obama on Afghanistan

July 21st, 2010

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This piece was originally published on Foreign Policy.

Recent polls showing pessimism about U.S. prospects in Afghanistan seem to suggest that Barack Obama has lost the United States’ support for the war there. However, general exhaustion from years of war and specific support for Obama’s Afghanistan strategy should not be so easily conflated. A careful reading of the polling data on Afghanistan shows that while the public is weary, they haven’t yet given up on the mission or Obama’s redefined strategy…yet.

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Poland has chosen modernity

July 8th, 2010

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That was the message of Sunday’s Polish presidential election. And the view of the politicians, journalists and academics I interviewed when I visited Poland as a guest of the Polish Press Agency.

Most notably, it was the view of Lech Walesa, the founder of Solidarity and former Polish president.

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Politics trumps economics on deficit

July 7th, 2010

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This piece was originally published in Politico.

The recovery has hit a wall. In June, the U.S. economy lost jobs for the first time this year. Existing home sales plunged 30 percent in May. Time to pump money into the economy!

But wait. The national debt is projected to jump to 62 percent of the economy by the end of this year. That’s the highest level since just after World War II. Time to cut back!

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