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November 26, 2012

In President Obama’s first term, 300 drone strikes killed an estimated 2,500 people. Drone strikes are a powerful tool in the war on terror, but they are also a tool without rules.
The New York Times reported yesterday that in the weeks before the presidential election, the Obama administration was scrambling to create guidelines for the use of drones. These rules were to be created in case Obama wasn’t re-elected; the new president would then have a clear set of directives to determine when the use of drone strikes was allowed.

February 9, 2012

I recently found myself at a table in City Grocery’s bar, sharing a round of drinks with a few people I consider close friends, casually debating the likelihood of Newt Gingrich’s plans to uncover and subsequently capture the al-Qaeda base located on the dark side of the moon.
For the record, I have become quite disenchanted with the circus that is the American culture: Our politicians appear to be glad-hand caricatures meant merely for our amusement, and our media outlets have devolved into a predictable, bastardized quest for ratings.

October 12, 2011

I like to label myself a pacifist. I believe that violence should not be used, regardless of the circumstance because we as humans have the ability to reason.
We can rationalize. We have the intelligence to figure out how to cooperate with one another. Bar fights do not solve problems. Street shootings do not offer solutions.
However, what happens when the individual on the other side believes violence is the solution? What if a man has sworn to shed innocent blood? Is it permissible to resort to violence in order to prevent tragedy?

October 12, 2011

I like to label myself a pacifist. I believe that violence should not be used, regardless of the circumstance because we as humans have the ability to reason.
We can rationalize. We have the intelligence to figure out how to cooperate with one another. Bar fights do not solve problems. Street shootings do not offer solutions.
However, what happens when the individual on the other side believes violence is the solution? What if a man has sworn to shed innocent blood? Is it permissible to resort to violence in order to prevent tragedy?

September 11, 2011

 

That morning was perfect. 

Seemingly nothing could go wrong, yet everything did. 

September 9, 2011

 

The impact of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks still linger as the nation approaches the 10th anniversary. 

August 28, 2011

Another top rung on al-Qaeda’s ladder of terrorism has been reported as marked and removed. 

 

Another top rung on al-Qaeda’s ladder of terrorism has been reported as marked and removed. 

August 28, 2011

Another top rung on al-Qaeda’s ladder of terrorism has been reported as marked and removed. 

 

Another top rung on al-Qaeda’s ladder of terrorism has been reported as marked and removed. 

June 23, 2011

 

President Obama announced Wednesday night what most American parents, spouses and siblings have been dreaming about. 

After a decade of controlling rebellion, playing hide and seek with terrorists and daily death tolls, our troops are finally coming home. 

May 3, 2011

Late Sunday night, President Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed by U.S. armed forces. He called the assassination the greatest achievement made thus far in the War on Terror.

“The world is safer. It is a better place because of the death of Osama bin Laden,” Obama said in his address to the nation.

Bin Laden’s death marks the end of a decade-long manhunt that began shortly after the September 11 attacks in 2001.

May 3, 2011

I was putting the final touches on my column for next week Sunday night when I heard the news. Osama bin Laden, the man our country has been searching for near on a decade, is dead.

Well, so much for  that column. I saved the document onto the hard drive of my computer, opened a blank page in Word and began writing the column you see before you today.

May 2, 2011

Newswatch reporter Brittani Acuff and Daily Mississippian Enterprise Editor Victoria Boatman interview students immediately following the confirmation of Osama Bin Laden's death.