Shadow Government

The White House has a Policy Problem, not an Intelligence Problem

The controversy du jour centers on President Obama's recent 60 Minutes interview where, among other comments, he singled out Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for the intelligence failures that allegedly missed the Islamic State (IS) threat. This raises a larger and more important set of issues, specifically whether this is in fact an intelligence failure, or a policy failure? It is both, but primarily the latter.

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Why China Is Shooting Itself in the Foot by Cracking Down on Foreign Companies

The Washington Post's thoughtful editorial over the weekend observes that Western business and commerce with China is not leading to political liberalization. That has been the great hope of Washington's policy of engagement with China, which Richard Nixon began decades ago. Indeed, China has not only has crushed political dissent, it has now embarked on a campaign of rolling back economic liberty.

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