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  • ‘Joystick Warfare’: The Drone Dilemma

    On Wednesday November 30th an unmanned United States military drone went down over Iranian airspace, about 140 miles from the border of Afghanistan. The fallen drone, packed with guarded US military secrets, highlights the Obama administrations growing reliance on unmanned aircraft to fight its wars.

    Unmanned drones have been a signature of the United States fight against terrorism; according to the Washington Post, U.S. drone strikes have killed twice as many suspected Al-Qaeda and Taliban members than were ever imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay. President Obama has found them particularly useful, authorizing more drone strikes in the first nine months in office than President George W. Bush did in his final three years in office.

    If the recovered drone is in good shape it could provide Iran, and their allies including China and Russia, with highly guarded US military secrets, causing a fair amount of anxiety in Washington.

    However, pursuing the enemy while keeping soldiers off the battle

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  • Foreign Aid Under Fire

    During his 2008 campaign, President Obama promised to increase foreign aid dramatically, raising the national total to $50 billion. Today, that core message is being rejected by GOP hopeful Rick Perry, who called for a complete elimination of foreign aid, and Mitt Romney, who agreed with Mr. Perry after he made the comments during a recent debate.
    With foreign aid in the national spotlight, we take a closer look at how U.S. money is spent abroad and what America gets out of its foreign investments.
    Today the United States spends about $25 billion a year on foreign aid, about 50% of which goes to countries that assist in the war on terror and the drug trade including Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Colombia, Egypt, Nigeria, Pakistan and The Congo.
    Critics of foreign aid argue that as America continues to struggle financially, critical resources are sent abroad without a noticeable return on the investment, with some funds even indirectly ending up in the wrong hands.
    On the other side,

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  • Afghanistan 2.0: Rebuilding or Bust?

    If you take the last ten years of US Agency for International Development aid assistance to Afghanistan - resources to develop the health system, the education system, the system of government and growing the economy - it would roughly come to the cost of six weeks of our military campaign.

    When people have a life and they see their children are being educated and have a future, the community improves and in general is less likely to support violence, but in Afghanistan 95% of the economy comes from foreign aid and the frustration has built up.

    That's why Paul Brinkley is here. He and his team of geologists were sent by the Pentagon to help the Afghan people create jobs and better lives by literally hunting for treasure. Brinkley and his team has invited international companies to come in and mine Afghanistan's mineral rich soil for gold, copper and iron with the resources going directly to the Afghan government and it's people.

    "We've brought in external people with relatively little

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