Spy Plane Finale: Four Key Lessons

It was popular last week to note that the U.S. relationship with China may be the most important one on the planet. Everyone seemed to have an opinion about it--even people who didn't know what they were talking about (sometimes on TV). But behind the scenes, Washington's power brokers learned some things from this awkward engagement. Below, four lessons that will shape future policy:

1 Fly Unmanned Don't risk $80 million and 24 lives when you can avoid it

As the EP-3E crew members winged their way back from China, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld sent them a congratulatory message. "You put...

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