Memorial Day Should Make Us Rethink Platitudes About the US Military

As the nation once again honors American war dead on Memorial Day, instead of spouting the usual nationalistic platitudes that U.S. soldiers fought to keep the country "safe and free," perhaps we should analyze whether that is really true. Since the 9/11 attacks, more than double the number of Americans killed in those terrorist attacks […]

The Sociology of War

The breakout of World War I upended many lives, including those of two great thinkers: the Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises and the American journalist Randolph Bourne. The young Mises had just revolutionized the economics of money and the business cycle. And he was on the verge still more breakthroughs when his career was interrupted […]

259 Killed in Iraq; Bombers Back in Baghdad

At least 259 people were killed in Iraq on Monday. Bombers attempted to draw attention away from the front lines in Khazar and Fallujah by attacking Baghdad.

Abolish Memorial Day

This article originally appeared on Memorial Day 2012 We might as well get rid of Memorial Day, for all the good it does us. Originally “Decoration Day,” the last Monday in May has been the designated time for us to remember the war dead and honor their sacrifice – while, perhaps, taking in the lessons […]

This Memorial Day, Remember the Victims of Democide

Today, Americans will seize the opportunity to sleep in an extra day, fire up the family grill, and maybe – probably not, but maybe – wheel out to a family cemetery, lay flowers on graves, and contemplate the memories of their beloved for a few minutes. Veterans’ organizations will parade in celebration of their own […]

100 Killed in Iraq; New Operation Launched near Mosul

Peshmerga forces launched a new operation in northern Iraq, and Coalition troops may be assisting them.

Iraq Special Forces Surround Fallujah; 208 Killed

Iraqi Special Forces are close to entering the city.

NATO in Montenegro: Securing the Rear Before Barbarossa II?

The strategic importance of Montenegro is inversely proportional to its size. With it, NATO will have full control of the Adriatic Sea, finish the encirclement of Serbia, and be emboldened to pursue a more aggressive stance towards Russia. Last week, the government of Montenegro signed a protocol on joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. If […]

My Dreams Seek Revenge: Hiroshima

Unlike President Obama, who today is the first sitting president to ever visit the site of the first atomic bombing, I’ve visited Hiroshima many times while living in Japan. The thing that always struck me about Hiroshima was simply being there. The train pulled into the station under an announcement that you had arrived in […]

Military Denies Bombing Fallujah Hospital; 18 Killed in Iraq

Eighteen people were killed on a fairly quiet prayer day, but officials in Fallujah accused the military of bombing the hospital.