Friday, August 18, 2017

Foreign Policy

US Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for BDS Against Israel

The criminalization of political speech and activism against Israel has become one of the gravest threats to free speech in the West. In France, activists have been arrested and prosecuted for wearing T-shirts advocating a boycott...

Six Months of Trump: Is Closing Guantánamo Still Possible?

Just a few days ago, we passed a forlorn milestone: six months of the presidency of Donald Trump. On every front, this first six months has been a disaster. Trump humiliates America on the...

Fatal Fallacies in the War on Terror

As I argue in my recently published policy analysis here at Cato, the American-led war on terror has clearly failed. Unfortunately, rather than accept the obvious fact that the campaign was badly misguided and...

Obama’s AWOL Anti-War Protest

Barack Obama campaigned for the presidency in 2008 as a peace candidate. He signaled that he would fundamentally change America’s course after the reckless carnage unleashed by the George W. Bush administration. However, by...

Big Military Spending Boost Threatens Our Economy and Security

On Friday the House overwhelmingly approved a massive increase in military spending, passing a $696 billion National Defense Authorization bill for 2018. President Trump’s request already included a huge fifty or so billion dollar...

Trump, Putin, Sisi, Salman, and Netanyahu

If Trump were being criticized merely for ignoring Putin's authoritarian rule when Trump speaks about him -- and not for Trump's wish for detente -- I would have no objection. Of course, to be...

The Forgotten Fallen

The national ritual of observing the fallen war fighters for Australia passed in April, it is a time when the living gives thanks for the sacrifices of those who died in the servitude of...

There’s No Free World

The late great economist Peter Bauer used to say there is no "Third World," i.e., no sharp line dividing developed from undeveloped countries. Rather, there is a development spectrum along which countries sit. Mutatis mutandis,...

Yes, Aleppo was Liberated

As the Syrian government and its Russian allies conducted a campaign to re-capture the northern Syrian city of Aleppo from U.S.-backed rebel groups in December of 2016, Western media outlets gave the impression that...

NY Tea Party Leader Aided Saudi Drive to Change 9/11 Justice Law

Stephen Flanagan, founder of Long Island-based Conservative Society for Action, says he didn’t know it was a Saudi operation Stephen Flanagan Stephen Flanagan, a Long Island Tea Party leader who chaired a 2010 Republican Senate campaign,...