Ain’t My America

Ain’t My America: The Long, Noble History of Antiwar Conservatism and Middle-American Anti-Imperialism Bill Kauffman Metropolitan Books, 2008 284 pp. By Doug Bandow American politicians routinely chatter about peace while inaugurating war. Indeed, despite the bitter partisan wrangling over Iraq, war has more often united than divided Washington’s establishment. Today, despite the ongoing debacle in … Continue readingAin’t My America

This Time, Avoid the Lebanese Quagmire

Few countries are as tragic as Lebanon. Once viewed as the Switzerland of the Middle East, some three decades ago the country collapsed into a bitter civil war. The finely tuned sectarian political system fractured amidst numerous Christian and Muslim factions. Multiple Israeli invasions and incursions followed; the Palestinian Liberation Organization and Syria dominated at … Continue reading “This Time, Avoid the Lebanese Quagmire”

Another Needless Confrontation

For decades most Americans weren’t aware that there was a Georgia other than the southern state. Today most Americans probably still aren’t aware that there is another Georgia. Yet U.S. officials are breathing fire at Russia for confronting the country of Georgia, a former Soviet Socialist Republic, which won its independence from the dissolving Soviet … Continue reading “Another Needless Confrontation”

Christianity and War

Christianity and War and Other Essays Against the Warfare State Laurence M. Vance Vance Publications (Pensacola, Fl.), 2008 418 pp. By Doug Bandow One of the great ironies of modern Christianity is how warlike many Christians are. Not all Christians, certainly. And many believers at many times in history have put state and ruler before … Continue readingChristianity and War

Inconvenient Truths About John McCain

Sen. John McCain is a man of physical courage and personal honor. He’s also a warmonger, with little concern for those who would die in his military adventures. The Democrats won’t say that. But it’s the truth. Earlier this year Sen. Barack Obama was appearing at a fund-raiser in Grand Forks, N.D. Talk show host … Continue reading “Inconvenient Truths About John McCain”

Iraq: Tell Us How This Ends

We are winning in Iraq, so the administration tells us. Gen. David Petraeus has appeared on Capitol Hill to explain the winning strategy. But his equivocal endorsement of current policy never answered the question he posed to a reporter at the war’s start: "Tell me how this ends." It’s time the American people demanded of … Continue reading “Iraq: Tell Us How This Ends”

Reclaiming Conservatism

The conservative movement is dead. At least, anything resembling the traditional conservative movement. As represented by the Bush administration, Republican congressional majority, and right-leaning punditocracy, conservatism means more federal spending, an expanded welfare state, federalization of local and state issues, warrantless surveillance, executive branch dominance, Wilsonian global intervention, and endless war. Indeed, it is hard … Continue readingReclaiming Conservatism

Crisis Postponed?

The Kuomintang regained power in Taiwan’s presidential election last Saturday. A large majority backed the KMT’s Ma Ying-jeou in the hope that he will restore normalcy to the island’s economic performance at home and political relations abroad. Taiwan’s currency and stock market jumped, reflecting widespread hope for the future. But the biggest sighs of relief … Continue reading “Crisis Postponed?”

John McCain: Blowing Up the World at 3am?

Sen. John McCain might end up being elected president in November because many antiwar independents believe he’s the best person to handle that famous phone call at 3am. He’s obviously the most experienced and probably the most courageous of the remaining contenders. But he lacks temperament, philosophy, and judgment. Which means he would be the … Continue reading “John McCain: Blowing Up the World at 3am?”

Mr. Adams’s Last Crusade

Nasty presidential campaigns are not new. The 1800 election, which brought Thomas Jefferson to power, was venomous. So was the 1828 contest, in which populist Andrew Jackson defeated patrician John Quincy Adams. The reasons for Adams’ defeat were many, and went back to the 1824 election in which many people believed that Adams and Henry … Continue readingMr. Adams’s Last Crusade