Tea Party at the Pentagon?

It’s a cold morning in January 2011. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wake up early to put on their Revolutionary War costumes. They’re joined by a miscellaneous group of anti-government protesters, libertarian activists, and all-around hotheads. With their supporters in tow, the tea party movement’s Adam and Eve drive to the Pentagon and … Continue reading “Tea Party at the Pentagon?”

Playing the Hawk With North Korea

SEOUL – If the Obama administration needed a rogue nation to demonstrate its foreign policy resolve, central casting couldn’t have supplied a better candidate than North Korea. The government in Pyongyang routinely promises to unleash destruction of biblical proportions on its enemies. It has pulled out of international agreements, such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty … Continue reading “Playing the Hawk With North Korea”

No Child Left Alive

“As if a cavern was suddenly hollowed; And the Piper advanced and the children followed, And when all were in to the very last, The door in the mountain-side shut fast.” – Robert Browning, “The Pied Piper of Hamelin“ With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan generating far more American dead and wounded than planned … Continue reading “No Child Left Alive”

Thomas Jefferson, Warmonger?

"What are words for, when no one listens anymore?" – Missing Persons Michael Ignatieff is, by almost any measure, much smarter than the average bear. I am likely to be one of those bears, as are you. Dr. Ignatieff, in fact, is a well-regarded professor of "human rights" at Harvard’s School of Government. Despite his … Continue reading “Thomas Jefferson, Warmonger?”

They’re Gonna Like Us, Really Like Us

If [America] becomes militant, it will be because its people choose to become such; it will be because they think that war and warlikeness are desirable. – William Graham Sumner (1903) Americans have come to notice, through all the smoke from burning American flags, sacked McDonald’s, and falling skyscrapers that the rest of the globe … Continue reading “They’re Gonna Like Us, Really Like Us”