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Category: politics

Should I Care if Baghdad Falls?

I don’t care if Baghdad falls. To the extent I might care, it may be best to let it burn. ISIS, or whoever else wants to step and give it […]

The Army Has Too Many Tanks

The U.S. Army has way too many tanks. General Odierno, Army Chief of Staff, has made this very clear (repeatedly) in testimony to Congress. The Army has so many tanks […]

Surrendering Iraq, Yemen & Bahrain

American incompetence has reached staggering heights. The U.S. continues to burn through taxpayer money single-handedly providing the air support for Iran’s occupation of the Iraq that we fought so hard […]

We Are the Bad Guys in Iraq

The U.S. is supporting the bad guys in the campaign against ISIL/ISIS. There is no a clear pattern of U.S.-supported, pro-government Iraqi Shiite militias looting and abusing Sunni populations whenever […]

The Internet as a Depression-Era Utility

Our government has decided to run the Internet as a Depression-era utility. The Internet is the quintessential free market: low-to-no barriers to entry, (mostly) unregulated association between buyers and sellers, […]

Government Is Catching Up to Atari

Did you know that Atari is still around? Neither did I. Atari was awesome in the early 80s and it seems government IT is quickly closing the gap with Atari’s […]

National Standards for Taking Showers

The idea of federally-regulated showers is the latest proof that our country has lost its way with respect to federalism. Federalism should lead to coordination, not subordination. In considering action […]

Stop Fighting ISIS Now!

The U.S. is on the wrong side of strategy in the fight against the Islamic State. There is not now, nor has there ever been, the slightest strategic reason for […]

Land of Opportunity?

I just finished reading nine pages of regulations in Section 42 of the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Affairs Manual 9. I was trying to understand how we came to have […]

Defense is Destroying Us

You would think that rampant corruption would be a source of shame, something to hide. It says a lot about us as a society that it has become a point […]

Libya: Let’s Go Back to the Future!

Libya is a disaster. There are two governments: one in the west with its capitol in Tripoli and another in the east with its capitol in Tobruk. The government in […]

Solving Homelessness

The righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you; or thirsty, and give you a drink? When did we see you as a stranger, […]

Insurgent Sanctuary

The U.S. has deliberately chosen to lose the counterinsurgency effort in Afghanistan. The key to defeating insurgencies is, and always has been, the insurgent sanctuary. Sanctuary is everything to an […]

Being Presidential

We, along with the rest of the world, seem to have lost all understanding of what it is to be the President of the United States. I noted with interest […]

The Insurgent Counter-State

How can you know if an insurgency is winning? The U.S. government can inflict unlimited damage on any battlefield in the world, but does that defeat an insurgency? In my […]

The Ethics of Going to War

War is a horrible thing. Can a horrible thing be governed by ethics? It can and must. Lest we become a blood-thirsty, warlike people, we should stop and think about […]