Threatening the All-Volunteer Force

A collective madness has captured Washington, D.C. Actually, that’s not news. Washington often has been captured by collective madness. One of the latest and strangest episodes is the belief that America must increase the size of its armed forces. All of the leading presidential candidates want to boost the number of service personnel. After resisting … Continue reading “Threatening the All-Volunteer Force”

Troublesome Young Men

Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England Lynne Olson Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007 436 pp. As President George W. Bush steadfastly pursues a ruinous policy in Iraq, his supporters laud him as a latter-day Harry S. Truman or even Winston Churchill. Standing firm against the appeasing elites … Continue readingTroublesome Young Men

The Conquest of America by Iraq

President George W. Bush and his supporters live in the world of “what ought to be.” The U.S. ought to be able to crush the insurgency, establish liberal democracy, and impose Western values in Iraq. America ought to be able to spread U.S.-style political systems throughout the Mideast. Washington ought to be able to remake … Continue reading “The Conquest of America by Iraq”

Running the Country, Running the World?

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who imagines himself as Winston Churchill in temporary political exile, desperately wants to be president. He imagines himself running not just America, but the world. Worse, he thinks that is what the American people want. In criticizing President George W. Bush, Gingrich opined: “You hire presidents, at a minimum, to … Continue reading “Running the Country, Running the World?”

A New Era in Asia:
Japan Rising

Japan Rising: The Resurgence of Japanese Power and Purpose Kenneth B. Pyle Public Affairs, 2007 433 pp. Asia is changing, and with it the global balance of power. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is well on its way to becoming a regional power, an indispensable partner to most other nations in East Asia. Later … Continue reading “A New Era in Asia:
Japan Rising

Presidential Hawks,
Left and Right

The best that can be said about the upcoming presidential election is that in January 2009 President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard Cheney will be out of office. It is tempting to believe that their successors couldn’t be worse. Yet only the “second tier” 2008 aspirants offer a clear break with the Bush … Continue reading “Presidential Hawks,
Left and Right”

Deluded Presidential Promises of Progress in Iraq

President George W. Bush held an hour-long video conference with Iraqi leaders on Monday and pronounced himself “impressed and reassured,” announced White House Press Secretary Tony Snow. The president believes that Iraqi “leaders are working together” on important issues. Yes, President Bush has seen light at the end of the tunnel. He believes that we … Continue reading “Deluded Presidential Promises of Progress in Iraq”

Overblown Confronts Consensus of Fear

Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats, and Why We Believe Them John Mueller Free Press, 2006 259 pp.   Sept. 11 changed everything, it is said, and nowhere has its effect been more significant than on U.S. foreign policy. In 2000, George W. Bush campaigned on behalf of a “humble” … Continue readingOverblown Confronts Consensus of Fear”

The Bush Escalation: Occupying Iraq, Forever

Rather like the Hotel California in the famous Eagles song, the U.S. will be able to check out of Iraq but never leave if President George W. Bush has his way. He says he hopes Iraq will become like Korea – where U.S. combat forces remain today, 57 years after they arrived. White House presidential … Continue reading “The Bush Escalation: Occupying Iraq, Forever”

A New Peril from the East?

The United States dominates the globe, but analysts who make a living proclaiming America to be the essential nation, the unipower, the global rulemaker and policeman, are nervous. China refuses to remain supine and is increasingly investing in its military. U.S. policymakers who believe in inevitable and unending American global hegemony can glimpse the emergence … Continue reading “A New Peril from the East?”