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More Bureaucracy Won't Help Hostages

The White House is wise not to name a hostage "czar."

Still not negotiating.

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Terrorism can't be defeated by a new organizational chart. But give President Barack Obama credit for his long-overdue reform of U.S. hostage policy, which preserves the cardinal principle of not offering concessions to terrorists while potentially providing more support and comfort to hostages and their families.

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