Are our military forces ready to defend our freedom, or suppress it?
Foreign Policy, War and Peace, Terrorism, National Security
Holidays such as Veterans Day and Memorial Day celebrate the heroism, courage, and honor of American service members. October third should be the day Americans remind themselves of the true horrors of needless wars.
The humor is lost in Vladimir Putin’s New York Times Op-Ed.
By attacking the vicious dictator Assad, we’re helping an arguably even worse enemy—al Qaida, the people responsible for 9/11.
America is not the world’s police and it ought to be unnecessary to have to declare let alone debate that an attack by the U.S. on Syria would be an outrage. But the Obama administration, backed by every major Democrat and Republican and largely by the press, too, is on the verge of taking the […]
Morally speaking it makes no difference what weapon you use, as long as it’s in self-defense; practically speaking it makes no difference to the victims.
“Military action” is a polite phrase for killing people. It would be nice to believe that this has some larger purpose than saving Barack Obama from political embarrassment.
Whose side is Obama really on? The Syrian people, “yearning for democracy”? Or Al-Qada’s, yearning for power?
Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia. And a moment before, in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, Oceania had been an ally of Eastasia, and at war with Eurasia.1. It would be deemed a thoughtcrime to know and think otherwise. And it’s a virtual thoughtcrime today to say […]
It is not really news that Victor Davis Hanson has written another outstanding and eye-opening book. He has done that before and repeatedly, on a variety of subjects. The subject of his latest book, “The Savior Generals” is given in the subtitle: “How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost– From Ancient Greece to […]
Whatever Barack Obama’s words, his deeds have been directed less toward stopping Iran from going nuclear than they have been toward stopping Israel from stopping Iran from going nuclear.
Should we be surprised that the Iraqi government has increasingly come to pay more attention to what Iran wants than to what Washington wants?
According to The Wall Street Journal, Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel, during his hearings, had to backtrack on an especially embarrassing assertion that Iran’s rulers are “legitimate” and “elected.” Hagel would never have said these things if he didn’t mean them. The question is, why would he consider — even for a moment — […]
From forcing Americans into the enslavement of the medical profession, which is being accomplished by the man who defeated her and conferred her current diplomatic status, to leading what may be the worst foreign policy in American history, with major progression toward nuclear weapons by our arch-enemies, Hillary Clinton, despite her facade of competence, is a failure and a fraud in every respect.
Barack Obama wants to appoint an anti-gay former U.S. Senator, Chuck Hagel, as the next Defense Secretary. Back in the Clinton Administration, Hagel opposed the appointment of an openly gay man to be ambassador to Luxembourg. At the time, Hagel said: “They [ambassadors] are representing America. They are representing our lifestyle, our values, our standards. […]
The loss of a Navy SEAL who was killed last week while rescuing an American doctor held prisoner in Afghanistan underscores that the U.S. military action in Islamicist Asia is based on selflessness, not on U.S. self-interest. The SEAL’s name is Nicolas D. Checque. He was 28 years old. He came from Monroeville, Pennsylvania. Nicolas reportedly […]
A strong country militarily and defense-wise presupposes a strong country economically. Simply put: There is no way to fund a system of defense without a strong, vibrant private economy. A strong and vibrant economy presupposes rational economic policies. Rational economic polices in the present era would include: Cutting taxes across the board; cutting or eliminating […]
The last engaging book I read on the means and ends of warfare before John Lewis’s was a 2009 abridged version of Winston Churchill’s The River War, originally published in 1899. Its original, full title included An Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan. The term “reconquest” was misleading, because the Sudan had never […]
The military policy of the United States has been governed by altruism since at least World War I, when Herbert Croly, the proto-fascist and Progressive writer, advocated that America involve itself in that war as a “tonic of a serious moral adventure.” The shocking news is that, if an American soldier murdered sixteen Afghani citizens […]
In reacting to the Islamists’ ongoing cartoon Jihad, most commentators have focused on the issue of free speech. This is natural, and necessary, since eradication of free speech is the most immediate risk; and certainly without free speech there can be no defending other values. Nevertheless it is also vital to take a step back […]