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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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From left, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Afghan President Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, take part in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) meeting on Afghanistan, at the NATO Summit in Chicago, Monday, May 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Editorials: Places the U.S. government should leave: 1) Afghanistan. 2) Local government ...

- Out of Afghanistan: Keep to ‘irreversible’ course - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

President Obama said this week that NATO’s plan to turn the lead role in the fight in Afghanistan over to that country’s own forces by next summer is "irreversible." That’s what Americans, Britons and other NATO allies want to hear. The alliance has been in the embattled nation for too long and it’s past time to come home.

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If the Chicago summit makes the reality of the withdrawal crystal clear to everyone, everywhere, so much the better. ...

- Valid exit strategy from Afghanistan - Miami Herald Editorial

... By getting an explicit and public buy-in from NATO countries, some of which are even more eager to get out, he has put Afghanistan on notice that there is no turning back. There’s no mystery about why. ...

- Patience in Afghanistan - Washington Post Editorial

NATO leaders gathering in Chicago on Sunday are all, in their own way, looking for the exit from Afghanistan. It’s understandable, after a decade of war. But it is safe to bet that the faster they rush out, the more they — or their successors — will regret. ...

- NATO summit shows that Afghanistan is a war with no end - Deseret News Editorial

How long can a coalition remain committed to a conflict with no discernible victory in sight?

About a decade, apparently. ...

- Afghanistan finally has a set timetable - Sacramento Bee Editorial

... Diplomacy with rivals Pakistan and India will have to increase to defuse contests over Afghanistan and reduce instability in the larger region. The drawdown provides the opportunity and the resources to make that important shift in focus.

- Pakistan problem complicates Afghanistan drawdown - San Francisco Chronicle Editorial

... The withdrawal itself, and the postwar plight of Afghanistan, will be complicated immeasurably without the cooperation of a stable Pakistan. ...


- Hatch Act reform: Lee and Chaffetz take the point - Salt Lake Tribune Editoria

Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Jason Chaffetz have taken the point in Republican congressional efforts to reform the Hatch Act. Good for them.

The Hatch Act rightly prohibits federal employees from using U.S. government resources to help elect candidates to federal office. Since it was passed in 1939, it has been successful in accomplishing that worthwhile goal. But the law also has a down side. It can prevent employees of state or local governments from serving in elected nonfederal offices if they have any connection with administering federal funds. They also can lose their jobs. ...

- City wants its form of Hatch Act to prevail - The Washington Times

- Lawmakers urged to bring Hatch Act into the age of telework and social media - Government Executive

more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/05/22/2812421/valid-exit-strategy-from-afghanistan.html#storylink=cpy

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