Ted Galen Carpenter

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U.S. Gun Laws: Mexico's Favorite Scapegoat For Drug Violence

The body count in Mexico’s drug wars keeps rising, now approaching 40,000 since President Felipe Calderón took office in late 2006. Growing public anger about that horrific situation leads Mexican officials to look for scapegoats, and a favorite candidate has

Mexico: Obama Needs to Wake Up and Smell the Gunpowder

While the Obama administration worries about security issues half way around the world in such places as Afghanistan, Iran, and North Korea, a serious problem is brewing right on our southern border. Drug-related violence in Mexico has claimed some 29,000

Military Spending: The Sacred Cow of Conservatives

Speeches by prominent conservatives invariably include the assertion that they stand “for a strong national defense.” Unfortunately, for most conservatives today, “strong national defense” is merely a euphemism for three dubious measures: 1) Generously funding every item the Pentagon has