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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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Opinion Sampler: The end of the never-ending war. Or not.

Back to normal: Time to restore our values — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial, 5/23/13

It is time to declare victory in the war against al-Qaida and start the process of bringing the United States — its defense structure, its judicial system and its respect for its own values — to a post-war footing.

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This was the gist of a major national security speech delivered Thursday by President Obama at the National Defense University. In it, he called, again, for closure of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay and explained plans to put the use of deadly drone strikes against terrorist targets under a more structured and reviewed process. He once more challenged Congress to work with him to develop a new statutory basis for national security to replace the law passed in the understandably panicked wake of the terror attacks of 2001. ...

Ease the war footing — Deseret News Editorial, 6/3/13

President Barack Obama has now called for a series of measures to end what has essentially become a perpetual state of war, and replace it with a framework that would seek to retain a necessary measure of vigilance against future terrorist threats of any nature. It is a move that is overdue and necessary to reverse a course of policy that has led to incursions on civil liberties and a national condition of open-ended anxiety. ...

... This is John Lennon, bumper-sticker foreign policy -- Imagine World Peace. ...

The vision President Obama presented this week is an important one. Can actually he carry it out?

This was the clear and visionary speech that President Barack Obama should have delivered soon after Osama bin Laden was killed two years ago. ...

In an address remarkable for both its candor and its humility, President Barack Obama sought Thursday to limit the scope of his predecessor’s global war on terror, pivoting from a full-court campaign of military pre-emption to a new era of proportionality and political engagement. ...

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