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Avoiding Needless Wars, Part 9: Iraq

The two reasons given for invading Iraq in 2003 were baseless: Saddam Hussein’s WMDs were illusory, as were his connections to al Qaeda. While this needless war is often attributed to an intelligence failure, we all are at fault. Our elected officials failed to ask the questions they should have before going to war. So […]

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Thank goodness for our schools

Just a short piece this week – the holiday has kept things pretty busy and I’m jotting this down before leaving for a professional meeting. One of the less-covered of recent terrorism-related stories is almost too bizarre to be true – the arrest of some guys in New York (near Albany) who were apparently trying […]

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Breeding better bugs?

Where is the borderline between freedom of inquiry and national security? Between the freedom to pursue – and publish – scientific results and the fear that these published results might be used to horrific effect? Or put another way, are there some lines of scientific inquiry that simply should not be undertaken at all because [...]

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