When Will We Attack Syria?

Plans, rumors, and war propaganda for attacking Syria and deposing Assad have been around for many months. This past week, however, it was reported that the Pentagon indeed has finalized plans to do just that. In my opinion, all the evidence to justify this attack is bogus. It is no more credible than the pretext … Continue reading “When Will We Attack Syria?”

The Phony Argument Against ‘Isolationism’

The war continues – the war against “isolationism,” that is. This time the latest blows are being struck on the op ed page of the New York Times, where Rutgers historian David Greenberg takes up the cudgels against these hated troglodytes. Bemoaning the sudden Republican turnabout on foreign policy, Professor Greenberg notes his surprise that … Continue reading “The Phony Argument Against ‘Isolationism’”

If This Be ‘Isolationism’. . .

The mainstream meme emerging from the CNN/Union Leader Republican presidential debate is apparently that everyone went easy on Romney, which makes him, somehow, the “front runner.” Less noticed but more credible – and much more interesting – was what one post-debate analysis by Washington Post columnist Jackson Diehl expressed in the form of a question: … Continue reading “If This Be ‘Isolationism’. . .”

Do We Need a Foreign Policy?

Amid all the brouhaha about how the downfall of Hosni Mubarak would provide the oh-so-scary Muslim Brotherhood with an opening to create an Islamic theocracy along Iranian lines, take a look at what’s happening in US-occupied Iraq: “The Iraqi Ministry of Education has banned theatre and music classes in Baghdad’s Fine Arts Institute, and ordered … Continue reading “Do We Need a Foreign Policy?”

The Tea Party, Foreign Policy, and the Politics of Real Change

I’ve spent more than a few columns predicting that the so-called tea partiers – the grassroots populist movement that has our liberal elites in a frothy-mouthed lather – will be logically led to call for major cuts in military spending – and, by the sheer logic of their anti-spending, “anti-government” position, eventually come to challenge … Continue reading “The Tea Party, Foreign Policy, and the Politics of Real Change”

Getting Beyond ‘Left’ and ‘Right,’ Part Two

Editorial note: What follows is the transcript of a speech given in Danbury, Conn., and Boston, Mass., under the auspices of the Ridgefield Liberty Forum and the Boston chapter of ComeHomeAmerica.org, respectively. Part One dealt with the capitulation of the “progressive” left to Obama’s war agenda. Well, then, where else can we turn? After all, … Continue reading “Getting Beyond ‘Left’ and ‘Right,’ Part Two”

US Foreign Policy and the Cult of ‘Expertise’

The news that Americans want the U.S. government to mind its own business when it comes to foreign affairs has our Washington elite in a panic. The explanatory notes accompanying a new Pew poll [.pdf] describe the "rise in isolationist sentiment" that started during George W. Bush’s second term and continues in the age of … Continue reading “US Foreign Policy and the Cult of ‘Expertise’”