Foreign Policy & War

President’s Perilous Foreign Affairs

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When President Clinton ordered air strikes against alleged terrorist facilities in Sudan and Afghanistan last August, nearly everyone wondered if he had done it to take our attention off his sex scandal. But perhaps he's using the scandal to distract us from his foreign adventurism. Many criticisms can be made about the president's White ... [click for more]

Fight Socialism with Freedom in North Korea

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For the last three years, up to 2 million people have died of starvation in North Korea. The U.S. government has been the biggest provider of aid, contributing 220,000 tons of food. The Clinton administration is now considering sending an additional 300,000 tons of food. American officials refer to this ... [click for more]

Foreign Aid, Help or Hindrance? Part 2

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Part 1 | Part 2 What about the argument that aid at least helps countries that are helping themselves? The Brookings Institute and World Bank researchers repair to this final redoubt, but even here there is reason for skepticism. In his preface to the latest Heritage Foundation report, President Edwin Feulner argues that one of the most important conclusions ... [click for more]

Foreign Aid, Help or Hindrance? Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2 There may be no more pitiful sight than tides of impoverished and starving refugees; and there may be no greater irony than grievous want in the Third World amidst exploding possibilities in the First World. Supporters of foreign aid rely on such images in an attempt to shake more money out of seemingly tight-fisted ... [click for more]

The Folly of Castro

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In any dictatorship, the biggest fool is the dictator. It takes a prodigious amount of self-deception to believe you are running a country. That occurred to me as I heard about Fidel Castro's preparations for the Pope's visit to Cuba. In an interview on Cuban television, Castro said a couple of interesting things. First, he invited ... [click for more]

No Bailouts for Ailing Asian Economies

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The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, along with the United States and other countries, propose once again to rescue troubled countries with a wheelbarrow full of cash, compliments of American taxpayers. The planned $94 billion bailout of South Korea, Thailand, and Indonesia is a lousy idea all around. The plan should be trashed. "We have ... [click for more]

Are Foreign Lobbyists Really a Threat?

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Throughout the campaign finance investigation, there has been a presumption that lobbyists representing foreign interests are automatically inimical to the interests of the American people. Domestic lobbyists are bad enough, according to most people. But foreign lobbyists must be even worse. Right? Not necessarily. If we look in one particular area of policy, world trade, foreign ... [click for more]

Topsy Turvy Foreign Policy

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U.S. foreign policy can be confusing. Jiang Zemin heads the brutal communist government in the most populous nation in the world. He gets a state dinner at the White House and trade deals. Fidel Castro heads the communist government on the small island of Cuba. He can't get within a hundred miles of the White ... [click for more]
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