James Taranto’s usually quite boring “Best of the Web” column in the online Wall Street Journal gave me a chuckle the other day as I read his witless attack on Harry Browne, under the sophomoric subhead “Stupidity Watch”: “Another reason we’re not libertarian: Harry Browne, the Libertarian Party’s standard-bearer in 1996 and 2000, pens a … Continue reading “DEATH & THE WALL STREET JOURNAL


The military campaign against the Taliban has fulfilled the expectations of Pakistan’s ruler, General Musharraf, who hoped it would be "short and sharp.” And so it was. All of a sudden, the scent of victory is in the air. Last week, according to our disgruntled hawks, the war was "stalled," and Senator John McCain and … Continue reading “LET’S DECLARE VICTORY”

Isn’t It Time for the Truth?

It is time for President Bush to stop the cheer-leading and speak the truth. He said last Thursday, "This great nation will never be intimidated. . . . Life in America is going forward." Who is he trying to kid? Last Friday at Los Angeles airport I saw people trying to check their baggage – … Continue reading “Isn’t It Time for the Truth?”


An old anti-Semitic slur that has been making the rounds for many years characterizes the Jews as “cosmopolites,” a “fifth column” that knows no loyalty to their host country but owes allegiance only to itself. This, of course, is an ignorant smear, one that, furthermore, has such an ugly history that it no longer seems … Continue reading “‘ISLAMO-FASCISM’– THE NEW BOGEYMAN”

Say No to a Palestinian ‘State’

Imagine the following scenario: after ages of discrimination, the United States decides to compensate African-Americans generously and to solve their problems once and for all. All African-Americans are locked up in prison, and the prisons are declared to be an independent African-American state. Sound crazy? That is just what the US and Israel are now … Continue reading “Say No to a Palestinian ‘State’”

Chimes of Wilson Flashing

PEACE STUDIES AREN’T WHAT THEY USED TO BE Twenty years ago, someone might have opened up a journal of “peace studies” with some hope of finding useful analysis or information. At worst, he might confront some well-meaning Norwegian or Swede going on about imperialism, oppression, inequalities in the international state system, and the like. Even … Continue reading “Chimes of Wilson Flashing”

The Vietnam-Afghanistan Mirror

It’s been nearly two months since the September 11 mass-slaughters, and the U.S. response more and more resembles that period when America was beginning its long slide into Vietnam. I grant you that it’s not an exact comparison – one obvious difference, because the 9-11 attack took place on our own soil, is that the … Continue reading “The Vietnam-Afghanistan Mirror”

Alternative to Unending War

“Bin Laden’s objective,” I speculated to Hernando de Soto, Peru’s great author of The Other Path and now The Mystery of Capital, “is the expulsion of American interests from the Muslim world.” “No, no,” he replied, “it’s more than that. He wants American interests out of the whole Third World.” In this scenario, the pessimistic … Continue reading “Alternative to Unending War”


While conservatives are among the most insistent cheerleaders for the “new war,” they may well turn out to be its biggest losers, at least here on the home front. Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) could hardly contain her glee the other night on Crossfire when she remarked that she felt sorry for the Republicans “because Tom … Continue reading “POLITICS AND THE WAR”