Defending General McCaffrey

General Barry McCaffrey now has some defenders of the actions during the Persian Gulf war for which Seymour Hersh in the New Yorker had criticized him. The more usual approach has been to ignore the Hersh allegations and act as if they had no credibility or held no interest. However, while Mackubin Thomas Owens, a … Continue reading “Defending General McCaffrey”

Onward and Upward

A WORTHY TRADITION? Many foreigners have written books about American culture, life, politics, foreign policy, and the like. Many of these works have been rather awful and, therefore, rudely received this side of the water. The exceptions would include those of Alexis de Tocqueville and Lord Bryce, writing in the early and late 19th century, … Continue reading “Onward and Upward”

Israel and the Candidates: Uncoditional Love

What’s the use of being the world’s only superpower when we allow ourselves to be bullied, threatened, and spied on by a country the size of Delaware? I’m talking about Israel, the country we give billions in tribute to each year, the single highest recipient of US foreign aid dollars: a nation led by ingrates … Continue reading “Israel and the Candidates: Uncoditional Love”

John Taylor of Caroline (1753-1824), Federalism, and Empire

JEFFERSONIAN THEORIST PAR EXCELLENCE Progressive historian Charles A. Beard called John Taylor of Caroline "the most systematic thinker" of the Jeffersonian Republican party. Taylor was an American exponent of republican theory as developed by English opposition movements in the 17th and 18th centuries. A successful lawyer and planter – and, yes, of course, a slaveholder, … Continue reading “John Taylor of Caroline (1753-1824), Federalism, and Empire”

In Memorium–For the Old Republic

Memorial Day in America, a day in which we honor the perished heroes (and heroines) fallen in past wars, has really gone out of fashion. There was a time, before the end of the cold war, that Memorial Day parades were major affairs all across America: I remember in the early sixties going to the … Continue reading “In Memorium–For the Old Republic”

Ralph Nader and the Abstention of the Left

When Ralph Nader entered the presidential sweepstakes as the candidate of the Green Party, I thought: At last, we will hear from the American Left on the vital questions of war and intervention. A well-known and much respected public scold, Nader, I knew, would get major attention, and in spite of my own political views, … Continue reading “Ralph Nader and the Abstention of the Left”

Quo Vadis Europa?

While the value of the Euro is taking a tumble in the financial markets, politically the idea of a federal European Union is on the march: leftists and “moderate” conservatives all over Europe are marching to the tune of “Ode to Joy,” the European anthem adapted from the final movement of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. A … Continue reading “Quo Vadis Europa?”

McCaffrey Bites Back

The most fascinating (albeit somewhat depressing) aspect of the almost non-ongoing discussion over whether former General Barry McCaffrey ordered a slaughter of retreating Iraqi soldiers two days after the cease-fire in the Persian Gulf undeclared war is the almost complete lack of interest in the matter. The New York Times, to its credit, ran an … Continue reading “McCaffrey Bites Back”

Neo-Conservative Canes Wogs – Film At Eleven

ELLIOTT STRIKES BACK A few weeks ago, I was innocently cruising the web, when I stumbled on an essay which denounced American business for failure to warmonger. That was an interesting and serious charge. As I scrolled down, great clumps of unalloyed neo-conservative doctrine came tumbling down, as I recall, to the tune of "Mamas, … Continue reading “Neo-Conservative Canes Wogs – Film At Eleven”