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BREAKING THE CODE OF THE FOSSIL-FUEL DILEMMA

The U.S. fossil-fuel dilemma is that the United States has vast, albeit finite, fossil-fuel resources, but we don’t exploit them sufficiently because of environmental and political reasons.

Many environmentalists and political activists believe their use causes man-made global warming, and by exploiting finite domestic energy resources we only discourage the development of infinite alternative energy sources—solar, wind, geothermal, etc. Thus we have allowed ourselves to become dependent on expensive foreign oil from volatile regions of the world.

As gas prices again soar, there is a way out of this dilemma, if only we have the common sense to see it.   (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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WHAT IS A TRUE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE?

The campaign for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2012 reflects the difficulty Republicans primary voters are having with the conservative credentials of the candidates. What is a true American conservative? How do we reliably tell the difference between someone who has the heart and soul of a true conservative and those who wear the conservative label when it benefits them but will find excuses to shy away from it when they are in office? There is one sure-fire test.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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THE USS GABRIELLE GIFFORDS

The U.S. Navy announced last week that it will name its newest Littoral Combat Ship (LCS 10) after former Representative Gabrielle Giffords. I admire Giffords, and I believe she has handled her situation with grace and courage; and if Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus wants to name a ship after her, that’s his prerogative. Nevertheless, is it a good idea to name Navy ships after young, living former politicians, no matter how much we may empathize with them? (Read the full column at EWRosss.com)

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DISSUADING IRAN FROM BUILDING A NUCLEAR WEAPON: THE LESSON OF THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS

Can the U.S. dissuade Iran from building a nuclear weapon without having to resort to the use of military force?

American presidents have a mixed record of success in the post-World War II world of influencing the decision making of our adversaries and avoiding war. Where they have succeeded—the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis is the prime example—it was because they were prepared to use the full force of American power; and the adversary had no doubt that they would do so.

When it comes to Iran, Israel’s threat to use unilateral force complicates U.S. decision making, but it should not prevent Washington from taking the lead and doing what is necessary.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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