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In Afghanistan Evacuation, Air Force Once Again Rises to an Enormous Challenge (John Venable, The Heritage Foundation)

The air evacuation out of Afghanistan was, in a word, amazing. Despite immense obstacles, U.S. Air Force airmen were able to rise to the challenge and evacuate 124,000 U.S. personnel and refugees out of Kabul following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. While you may be thinking it was unprecedented for an Air Force that just celebrated its […]

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Joe Biden’s China Trade Strategy Would Make U.S. More Like China (Tori K. Smith, The Heritage Foundation)

With the Biden administration’s China policy under wraps for months, no one quite knew what to expect from U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai’s speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Leading up to Monday’s event, it sounded like she would use this opportunity to put China on notice. Last week, Tai told Politico that “the Biden administration […]

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How China’s Economic Freedom Deficit Distorts Markets Beyond Its Borders (Anthony B. Kim, The Heritage Foundation)

In an attempt to lay out the Biden administration’s approach to charting the course of the U.S.-China economic relationship, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai underscored that the bilateral relationship is “complex and competitive.” More importantly, Tai noted, “In recent years, Beijing has doubled down on its state-centered economic system. It is increasingly clear that China’s plans do not include […]

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Why Work Matters and How the Safety Net Should Encourage It (Leslie Ford, The Heritage Foundation)

Like all Americans, low-income individuals desire and deserve opportunities for themselves and their children. For the past 25 years, federal cash-welfare assistance has supported low-income Americans by connecting benefits to work. This strategy, created by Congress on a bipartisan basis, has been extremely effective in increasing employment while simultaneously reducing poverty, long-term government dependence, and […]

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In Afghanistan, a Resistance Arises (Luke Coffey, The Heritage Foundation)

The Afghanistan fiasco was totally avoidable. Had President Biden listened to his military advisers and kept a small troop presence, coupled with U.S. air support to the Afghan military, the Taliban would not be in power today. Unfortunately, the president did not heed their advice, and now the Taliban control more of Afghanistan than they […]

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Does Joe Biden Really Want To Reform the U.N. Human Rights Council? (Brett D. Schaefer, Danielle Pletka, The Heritage Foundation)

The Biden administration entered office with an impassioned promise of commitment to the primacy of democracy, alliances, and human rights. Many welcomed what they saw as a reversal of the Trump years. In line with that commitment, President Joe Biden directed his State Department to reengage, fund, and seek a seat on the United Nations […]

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Getting a Game Plan for the Guardian of America’s Global Interests (James Jay Carafano, Heritage Foundation)

If the United States can’t prevent China from dominating Asia, then the United States loses. Eldridge A. Colby, The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Competition, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2021. ISBN 978-0-300-25643-7. In a decade or so, we’ll have all the answers. Either this will be recognized as the […]

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Biden’s Unity Purge of Military Advisory Boards (Mike Howell, Heritage Foundation)

“For without unity, there is no peace, only bitterness and fury. No progress, only exhausting outrage. No nation, only a state of chaos. This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge, and unity is the path forward.” President Joe Biden spoke these words when he was inaugurated on Jan. 20. But Wednesday, in the midst of […]

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Tariffs Are Never a Good Idea. Those on Aluminum Are Especially Bad. Aluminum prices are up 59% from a year ago, and America’s 10% tariffs on the metal are not relieving any headaches at manufacturers (Patrick Tyrrell, Anthony B. Kim, Heritage Foundation)

Aluminum prices are up 59% from a year ago, and America’s 10% tariffs on the metal are not relieving any headaches at beer and non-alcoholic beverage manufacturers. The tariffs were originally put in place in 2018, ostensibly to protect domestic aluminum producers. The theory was that China and other foreign producers were “dumping” aluminum into the U.S. at low prices below cost, to […]

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$3.5T Spending Bill Would Lavish Hundreds of Billions on Nanny State Education (Lindsey M. Burke, Ph.D., Heritage Foundation)

The massive, unprecedented $3.5 trillion spending bill making its way through Congress includes education spending on an equally unprecedented scale. In all, the plan would spend some $761 billion on education and workforce programs, on par with total annual education spending from all sources—federal, state, and local. The bulk of the proposed education spending in […]

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Critical Race Theory Will Destroy the Fabric of Our Military (John Venable, Heritage Foundation)

In just 10 words, Napoleon captured perhaps the most important element for leading a team to success: “The moral is to the physical as three to one.” Morale involves cohesion, confidence, a sense of common purpose, and loyalty all wrapped up into a hard-to-measure but readily discernible package. Teams with high morale radiate energy and […]

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INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW – Equality and Non-Discrimination in International Human Rights Law (Li-ann Thio, The Heritage Foundation)

“Equality and non-discrimination” law, much of which impinges on cultural traditions and religious sensitivities, are matters warranting robust public discussion—which is preferable to invoking equality to sneak in a privileged ethic while pretending to be agnostic about the common good. Within a global setting in which fundamental value divergences are acute, it is important to […]