The Ressurrection of Gary Powers

The story we are getting about the “accidental” downing of an EP-3 spy plane, packed with sensitive electronic equipment, over the South China sea, and its emergency landing on Hainan island, at a Chinese military base, makes absolutely no sense – no matter whom is doing the telling. A GAUNTLET THROWN The Chinese say that … Continue reading “The Ressurrection of Gary Powers”

America Come Home (Part II)

In my last column, I presented the first part of a proposed “Platform” for noninterventionist conservatives, a statement of principle and policy broken down along geographical lines. Part I dealt with Europe and Eastasia; what follows are sections covering the Middle East, the Americas, and the status of America’s colonial possessions. A Time for Truth … Continue reading “America Come Home (Part II)”

America, Come Home

This morning’s [March 27] New York Times has yet another story about the developing split within the Bush administration over foreign policy, with the partisans of Donald Rumsfeld, unreconstructed cold warrior, versus Colin Powell’s (relatively) noninterventionist State Department. As is usual with the arbiter of the conventional wisdom, the Times defined the two camps in … Continue reading “America, Come Home”

America’s War Against Christianity

THE MYSTERY OF SELF-CRUCIFIXION What I don’t get is this: how come American born-again Christians slavishly rationalize the casual brutalities of Israel’s every twist and turn, close their eyes to the killing of Palestinian children, and hail the butcher Ariel Sharon as some kind of modern-day Moses – but, when it comes to defending a … Continue reading “America’s War Against Christianity”

Unhappy Anniversary

On March 24, 1999, at 1858 GMT, NATO warplanes attacked Yugoslav positions outside Pristina and Belgrade – and the Albanian juggernaut was launched. By March 24, 2001, that juggernaut will have rolled deep into Macedonia, while the suddenly “non-interventionist” Americans and Brits stand aside and let their KLA pit bulls tear Macedonia asunder. The once … Continue reading “Unhappy Anniversary”

Selective Amnesia: The Epidemic

I take great pleasure in my job as a columnist and editorial director of Antiwar.com: what could be more enjoyable than the life of a pundit, sitting around commenting on the wicked ways of the world? But sometimes, especially lately, it becomes downright depressing: every day, disaster looms, and every week the same patterns recur. … Continue reading “Selective Amnesia: The Epidemic”