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This week in OtherWords, we’re emphasizing military and foreign policy priorities. Miriam Pemberton explains how rebalancing our national security spending would make our embassies safer. Lt. General (USA, Ret.) Robert G. Gard outlines the next administration’s top foreign policy challenges. Khalil Bendib’s cartoon can accompany either of those commentaries, as well as William A. Collins’ column summing up his take on Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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  1. How to Make our Embassies Safer / Miriam Pemberton
    Paul Ryan’s spending plans call for slashing the money the State Department can use to protect diplomats.
  2. The Next Administration’s Top Five Foreign Policy Challenges / Lt. General (USA, Ret.) Robert G. Gard
    The next administration’s top short-term challenge will undoubtedly be to end U.S. involvement in combat operations in Afghanistan.
  3. Isolation on Both Ends of the Line / Chancellar Williams
    In a complete distortion of free-market economics, the phone companies that secure contracts with prisons are often the ones that charge more than their competitors.
  4. A Nuclear Strike on States’ Rights / Deb Katz
    Vermont’s Yankee reactor would have closed this year had a power company kept a decade-old promise.
  5. The Dead-End Servant Economy / Sam Pizzigati
    We’re going down the road toward becoming a nation of servants.
  6. Politics Creep to a New Low / Jim Hightower
    Both presidential campaigns are going overboard with their snooping into voters’ lives.
  7. Dining with Mahmoud / William A. Collins
    That night, he left out his signature anti-Semitic rhetoric.
  8. The Horses and Bayonets Strategy / Khalil Bendib
The Horses and Bayonets Strategy, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

The Horses and Bayonets Strategy, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

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