We’ve Already Got an ‘Antisemitism Awareness Act.’ It’s Called the First Amendment.

On May 1, the US House of Representatives passed the fraudulently titled “Antisemitism Awareness Act of 2023.” It’s not yet law, pending Senate passage and a presidential signature, but the lopsided House vote (320 to 91) should worry all Americans, including the country’s 7.6 million Jews. In theory, the bill merely clarifies how the US … Continue reading “We’ve Already Got an ‘Antisemitism Awareness Act.’ It’s Called the First Amendment.”

Campus Protests: The Kids May Not Be Alright, But They Are (Mostly) Right

I’m too young to remember the campus convulsions of the 1960s, but older friends who were there tell me that the growing campus protest movement against US support for Israel’s war in Palestine bears a striking resemblance to those days. I happen to support that movement’s goals, at least to the extent of wanting to … Continue reading “Campus Protests: The Kids May Not Be Alright, But They Are (Mostly) Right”

US Foreign Policy: ‘No Daylight’ Is Where Peace Dies In Darkness

“Absent a directed, sustained, and articulated policy of no daylight between the United States and Israel,” Matthew Continetti wrote in the Washington Free Beacon on March 29, “the rift between America and her ally will widen and the world will grow more dangerous.” Proof that Continetti had things completely bass-ackward arrived on April 1, when Israeli aircraft … Continue reading “US Foreign Policy: ‘No Daylight’ Is Where Peace Dies In Darkness”

Russia: Why Navalny, and What’s Next?

On February 16, the Russian Federation’s Federal Penitentiary Service announced the death in custody of a prisoner at its FKU IK3 “corrective colony.” The prisoner – one Alexei Anatolyevich Navalny – “fell ill after a walk, almost immediately losing consciousness,” according to an official statement, and could not be resuscitated by medical staff. US president … Continue reading “Russia: Why Navalny, and What’s Next?”

War and ‘Democracy’: An Appeal to Self-Interest

By way of marking the western date for Christendom’s most holy celebration, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III announced  that “at President Biden’s direction, U.S. military forces conducted necessary and proportionate strikes on three facilities used by Kataib Hezbollah and affiliated groups in Iraq.” So much for visions of sugar-plums, etc.  Instead of … Continue reading “War and ‘Democracy’: An Appeal to Self-Interest”

This Christmas, Remember That War Is Hell

Sherman’s march to the sea, by F.O.C. Darley. Public Domain. “You people of the South don’t know what you are doing,” William Tecumseh Sherman told David F. Boyd in 1860. “This country will be drenched in blood, and God only knows how it will end. It is all folly, madness, a crime against civilization! You … Continue reading “This Christmas, Remember That War Is Hell”

When It’s Always The Beginning of History, It Can Never Be the End of War

“US officials,” Nahal Toosi, Lara Seligman, and Paul McLeary write at Politico, “are worried that violence in Israel’s neighbors will spiral into a larger regional war.” More specifically, they’re worried that such a war will result in US casualties among US troops across the region. For some reason, though, the Biden administration is flooding the region … Continue reading “When It’s Always The Beginning of History, It Can Never Be the End of War”

Murder Most Foul: Thoughts on Moral Responsibility

Complaining of “media bias,” Hamas spokesperson Dr. Basim Naim denies allegations that its members intentionally murdered civilians and non-combatants in their assault on Israel last week. The operation “targeted only the Israeli military bases and compounds,” he says, and Al Qassam Brigades commanders ordered their troops to “avoid targeting civilians or killing them.” Given the … Continue reading “Murder Most Foul: Thoughts on Moral Responsibility”

Tell It to the Marine: No Draft, ‘Limited’ or Otherwise

Lt. Colonel Joe Plenzler (USMC, retired) writes at Military.com, “the military needs only about 160,000 youth from an eligible population of 30 million to meet its recruitment needs. But after two decades of war – both of which ended unsuccessfully – and low unemployment, many experts believe the all-volunteer force has reached a breaking point.” … Continue reading “Tell It to the Marine: No Draft, ‘Limited’ or Otherwise”

Opposing War: No Disclaimers Required

Over the last seventeen months, it’s become customary for those who disagree with US foreign policy on the Ukraine war to preface every objection to that policy with at least one, possibly two, disclaimers. Disclaimer #1: The Russian invasion, they’ll concede, was “unprovoked.” Optional Disclaimer #2: The Russian invasion, they’ll say, was “unjustified.” I understand … Continue reading “Opposing War: No Disclaimers Required”