Monday, February 19, 2018

Foreign Policy

GAO Weighs In On “Countering Violent Extremism”

The ongoing controversy and litigation over the Trump administration’s “Muslim ban” has reignited a debate that has raged since the 9/11 attacks: Who commits more domestic terrorism–violent Salafists or traditional “right wing” extremists? According...

End the Cold War

Now that the election is over, libertarians can counsel the new president on positions and policies that they believe will create a better world. I doubt very much that counseling Hillary Clinton would have...

Trump’s Making His Contribution To Middle East Madness

We really could have skipped all the arduous debate on Iraq during the last presidential campaign. First, Trump was against the Iraq war from the very beginning ... Then supposedly he was for the...

The New Red Scare Masks US Foreign Policy Insanity

On March 15, US Senator John McCain (R-AZ) revealed just how ridiculous the American political establishment's reliance on Vladimir Putin as boogeyman has become. McCain, seeking the Senate's unanimous consent to advance a bill supporting admission...

There is No FSA, There is Only Al-Qaeda

A brief overview of collaboration between the US-backed Free Syrian Army and al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front. Among Syria commentators in the West, both left and mainstream, it is commonly claimed that the Syrian government led by...

Will Trump Continue the Bush-Obama Legacy?

This week, Congress passed a budget calling for increasing federal spending and adding $1.7 trillion to the national debt over the next ten years. Most so-called “fiscal conservatives" voted for this big-spending budget because...

Yemen: A Chance for Meaningful Policy Change

The Yemen conflict will either serve as the point-of-no-return or the turning point for US foreign policy in the Middle East. Since 2001, US foreign policy has taken many schizophrenic twists and turns on...

The State

"War is the Health of the State" To most Americans of the classes which consider themselves significant the war brought a sense of the sanctity of the State which, if they had had time...

‘We’re Killing These Kids, We’re Breaking the Army!’

Our soldiers are still redeploying at a frenetic pace that cannot keep up with reality—and the cracks are showing. I’ll admit I was taken aback. This senior officer and mentor—with nearly 28 years of military...

TGIF: Thank You, Donald Trump

We advocates of liberty owe Donald Trump a great debt of gratitude. Thanks to Trump it is clearer than ever that most people who call themselves conservatives, and not just those who have lined...
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