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  • Academic Standards, R.I.P.

    06/15/2005 6:50:51 AM PDT · by Voice in your head · 2 replies · 505+ views
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 14 June 2005 | Michael Rubin
    Princeton University continues to consider hiring embattled Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi for its newly-endowed Robert Niehaus chair in Contemporary Middle East Studies. Khalidi, a specialist on Palestinian politics and history, has become controversial for his highly politicized mix of polemics and history. He has sought to rebut criticism, arguing that questioning his scholarship infringes on his first amendment rights. Speaking at Columbia University on April 4, 2005, for example, he said, “Freedom of speech and academic freedom are particularly necessary for unpopular and difficult ideas, for conventional ideas, for ideas that challenge reigning orthodoxy.” Khalidi is right about the...
  • A Virus Like None Other Before it

    06/14/2005 5:30:24 PM PDT · by Voice in your head · 95 replies · 2,674+ views
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 14 June 2005 | Roger Bate
    According to a paper published in last month’s World Economics, there are four anomalies relating to the HIV/AIDS epidemic which make it unique and, crucially, question the policy approach in developing countries. The paper’s varied authors--an English professor of public accountability; an Austrian obstetrician; a Canadian professor of pathology; and a retired Scottish professor of public health--have provided a fascinating insight into why HIV/AIDS is different, not only between rich and poor countries, but between neighboring African countries. This is a brave and important paper, not least because anyone contradicting AIDS orthodoxy is seen not unlike a Holocaust denier. Crippling...
  • We Were Right to Disband Them

    12/23/2004 4:58:55 PM PST · by Voice in your head · 20 replies · 829+ views ^ | December 23, 2004 | Thomas Donnelly
    One of the enduring controversies of the American experience in Iraq has been the decision to disband Saddam's army after toppling his regime. Current conventional wisdom holds that this was a huge mistake which accelerated the breakdown of order in Iraq. The trouble we're experiencing building new and effective Iraqi forces is taken as obvious proof of this truth. Plus, a bonus of the conventional wisdom is that it conveniently places the blame on Ambassador Paul Bremer, who has stepped down from his post and departed the immediate scene. President Bush's frank assessment of the current state of Iraqi security...
  • Bill Clinton Gets a Taste of His Own Medicine

    12/08/2004 4:58:39 AM PST · by Voice in your head · 16 replies · 1,375+ views ^ | 12/08/04 | Collin Levey
    It's never nice to wish someone a taste of his own medicine, but since it has already happened to Bill Clinton, here's hoping some good will come of it. The subject is his runaway hit memoir, "My Life," which according to reports in the New York Times has recently become the latest victim of copyright infringement in overseas markets. Despite official distribution of the work in Asia, many of the copies on the street are hastily pirated versions -- sold for a fraction of the price and without any of the royalties due its rightful author. And the chronic misspellings,...
  • What Obligations Does of an Elected Offical Have to His Constituents?

    12/07/2004 6:53:20 PM PST · by Voice in your head · 20 replies · 1,565+ views
    Dec 7 2004 | Me
    When we elect a man to elected office, to represent us, he must weigh his duty to represent his constituents with doing what he perceives as what is right. What about when these two issues conflict? What if the people support passage of a bill, but he believes that it is detrimental to the area that he represents or to a larger area? What is his obligation – to do what is right, or to do what his constituents desire?
  • Who's Responsible for Losing the Media War in Iraq?

    10/04/2004 4:06:00 PM PDT · by Voice in your head · 14 replies · 1,664+ views
    Proceedings ^ | October 2004 | James Lacey
    The military laments that its successes in Iraq and Afghanistan have gone unnoticed, while any bad news is immediately set on by a national media intent on painting every U.S. commitment as a quagmire. This might be true, but the military is not without responsibility for this state of affairs. Military-media relations have improved since General William Sherman announced, “I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are. If I killed them all there would be news from Hell before breakfast.”...
  • How Do You Tell a Democrat from a Republican?

    08/01/2004 6:40:20 AM PDT · by Voice in your head · 39 replies · 2,088+ views ^ | 01 August 2004 | Tamim Ansary
    <p>What's the difference between the two major political parties? Some would say, "None." Third-party maven Ralph Nader claims they're all "Republicrats."</p> <p>Then there's the other view. The two major parties, says conventional wisdom, represent enduring and opposing philosophies of government--liberal and conservative--two currents that go back to the beginning of the republic.</p>
  • Why Conservatives Don't Endorse Free Trade

    07/31/2004 7:35:27 AM PDT · by Voice in your head · 11 replies · 1,575+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | July 30, 2004 | Gary North
    Back in 1976, I was Congressman Ron Paul’s research assistant. I had contacts with other Congressional staffers on Capitol Hill. One evening, I attended an informal get-together in the Georgetown area. The host was a retired diplomat whose daughter worked in Senator Jesse Helms’ office. I had been invited by Howard Segermark, also a Helms staffer. One moment in the evening’s chit-chat has stuck in my mind ever since. In discussing free trade, one man, whom I had never met before, expressed his view of free trade. "Free trade is when you stick a .45 automatic to the temple of...
  • The Real John Kerry

    07/25/2004 6:02:18 PM PDT · by Voice in your head · 12 replies · 1,442+ views ^ | 05 FEB 2004 | Howie Carr
    One off the surest ways to get the phones ringing on any Massachusetts talk-radio show is to ask people to call in and tell their John Kerry stories. The phone lines are soon filled, and most of the stories have a common theme: our junior senator pulling rank on one of his constituents, breaking in line, demanding to pay less (or nothing) or ducking out before the bill arrives. The tales often have one other common thread. Most end with Sen. Kerry inquiring of the lesser mortal: "Do you know who I am?" And now he's running for president as...
  • End Government Recognition of Marriage

    07/16/2004 8:09:37 AM PDT · by Voice in your head · 190 replies · 3,093+ views
    16 July 2004 | Me
    Government recognition of marriage has largely removed all meaning from the institution. A couple that is legally married does not need to enter into a union of holy matrimony. They only need to get the government’s permission to marry and take the necessary steps to complete all formalities associated with the marriage. That there is greater outrage over the government recognition of “same-sex marriage” rather than over clergy members agreeing to conduct the ceremonies is an indication of how far the nation has sunk in its view of marriage as a union of holy matrimony versus a legal contract. The...
  • Happy May Day

    05/01/2004 7:17:05 AM PDT · by Voice in your head · 6 replies · 54+ views
    01MAY04 | Me
    Just a reminder - today is May Day. Be sure to send your warmest wishes to the prominent communists in your area. For those of you who are represented in congress by communists, be sure to visit that particular piece of scum's congressional website, so that you can get its email address and send your best regards, via the web.
  • Soldier has new battle after Iraq injuries

    02/26/2004 3:38:25 PM PST · by Voice in your head · 119+ views
    Hinesville Coastal Courier ^ | 02/23/2004 | Catherine Caruso
    Almost one year after major combat operation in Iraq began, 3rd Infantry Division's soldiers are home now. The road that brought Staff Sgt. Ray Robinson home had a land mine buried under it. For most of the 3rd Infantry Division, the war is over. Robinson may not be a soldier much longer, but he's still fighting a battle of his own. "Staff Sgt. Rob's" road home began with a shortcut. His unit, Alpha Company, 2/7 Infantry, was looking for civilians planting explosives along Highway 8, and [his squad was sent] to bridge No. 2 to check it out. Five minutes...
  • Limited Government

    02/01/2004 4:31:37 PM PST · by Voice in your head · 30 replies · 10,331+ views
    01 February 2004 | Me
    There seems to be a disagreement, regarding just what exactly limited government is. The recent expansion under the current administration has not helped. I just want to make sure that we are all on the same sheet of music. Below is my understanding of what would need to happen, for our government to be limited. If there is anything wrong with this, please let me know. Disassociate our federal government from all boards, commissions and committees. Eliminate the following departments of the federal government: - Department of Agriculture - Department of Commerce - Department of Education - Department of Energy...
  • The Islamists Have it Wrong

    01/19/2004 8:38:30 AM PST · by Voice in your head · 22 replies · 1,012+ views
    Middle East Quarterly ^ | Summer 2001 | Abdul Hadi Palazzi
    Western observers, both among the general public and the media, commonly make the mistake of thinking that Islamism1 is the same as traditional Islam. Even Western researchers describe Islamism as a resurgence of traditional Islam. One researcher describes Islamists as people of the "anthropological tradition";2 in contrast, moderate Sunni Muslims are characterized as those whose faith is mitigated, influenced by syncretism, or diluted by a certain amount of secularization and Westernization.3 But this turns reality upside-down. In fact, Islamists depart in important ways from the Islamic tradition. This is especially apparent in what concerns divine attributes, Islamic law, and Sufism....
  • Ethics and the Senior Officer: Institutional Tensions

    01/16/2004 8:48:35 AM PST · by Voice in your head · 2 replies · 737+ views
    Parameters ^ | Autumn 1985 | Major General Clay T. Buckingham (USA, Ret.)
    Army officers are devoting a lot of thoughtful consideration to the subject of ethics. The purpose of this article is to present a firsthand appreciation of various ethical tensions that confront senior Army officers. To accomplish this I will briefly explore the foundations of our ethical system, offer some thoughts about how this ethical system should apply specifically to the military profession, and finally take an empirical look at the tensions in the military society that provide fertile grounds for ethical abuses. The term ethics is used to mean the study of human actions in respect to their being right...
  • Baghdad Battles - A Frontline Report

    12/08/2003 4:39:47 PM PST · by Voice in your head · 48 replies · 1,834+ views ^ | 2003 | An Insider
    Two email vignettes written by an insider interviewing troops from the 3rd ID. First Email I spent all day yesterday interviewing the members of the 3-15 Infantry. They fought a two-day battle to hold objectives CURLEY, LARRY and MOE. These were each main east-west road intersections along the north-south MSR into the center of Baghdad. The two tank-heavy TFs of the 2nd BCT had attacked north along the main road to seize the heart of Baghdad. It was TF 3-15's mission to seize the intersections (large cloverleaf complexes) and retain them in order to allow movement of the ammunition and...
  • Letters of Marque and Reprisal

    12/06/2003 4:55:12 PM PST · by Voice in your head · 25 replies · 398+ views
    The Progress Report ^ | 2002 | Fred E. Foldvary
    Many people disapprove of the U.S. war against terror, or of how it is being conducted. But what is the alternative, other than changes in U.S. foreign policy? One alternative to U.S. military action against terrorists who have attacked the U.S. and other countries, and are threatening further attacks, is to enact Letters of Marque and Reprisal. Article I, Section 8, paragraph 11 of the U.S. Constitution authorizes Congress to "grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water." A "reprisal" means an action taken in return for some injury. A reprisal could be...
  • A Revolution in Military Ethics?

    11/15/2003 1:08:43 PM PST · by Voice in your head · 8 replies · 1,271+ views
    Parameters ^ | Summer, 1996 | Ralph Peters
    There is a popular disposition to regard ethics as absolute and enduring, yet they are neither. That which is considered ethical alters with time and varies between civilizations and even families. At some impalpable level, the impulse to ethics does appear to arise from within and may be a collective survival strategy conditioned by biological and cultural evolution. Yet the specific content of a civilization's or a society's ethics is generally determined by accumulative tradition, epochal convenience, and local habit. The ethics of war and conflict are especially fluid. We live in a stage of Western civilization in which nameless...
  • We’re Not Getting a Bang for Our Buck

    11/15/2003 12:51:10 PM PST · by Voice in your head · 8 replies · 119+ views ^ | 03 NOV 03 | David Hackworth
    Let’s say you own a small trucking company with 20 drivers, but six of your operators are dysfunctional in one way or another. In the real world – to stay in business – you'd have to sack ‘em to survive. But, apparently, the U.S. Army’s Ready Reserve Force doesn’t need to be concerned about the bottom line as long as we taxpayers have deep pockets. An estimated 60,000 of the 205,000 soldiers on their books can’t deploy to combat zones because of medical problems – and an alarming number of these non-deployables are either wacko, overweight or otherwise physically not...
  • The Atlantic Century

    10/31/2003 5:37:15 AM PST · by Voice in your head · 1 replies · 103+ views
    Parameters ^ | Autumn 2003 | Ralph Peters
    Throughout the previous decade, strategists and statesmen asserted that we were about to enter the “Pacific Century.” Global power and wealth would shift to East Asia. American interests, power, and investments would follow. The Atlantic would become a dead sea strategically, its littoral states and their continents declining to marginal status. Economic opportunities, crucial alliances, and the gravest threats would rise in the east, as surely as the morning sun. An alternative view of the evidence suggests that the experts were wrong. Although the United States will remain engaged in the Far East—as well as in the Middle East, Europe,...
  • Have Vest, Will Loan

    10/26/2003 8:41:17 AM PST · by Voice in your head · 5 replies · 78+ views ^ | 20 OCT 2003 | COL David Hackworth, U.S. Army, Ret.
    My British-made bulletproof Tetranike vest served me well in the badlands of ex-Yugoslavia, Somalia and Latin America back in my days as a war correspondent – that is, before darling wife Eilhys changed the drill. But that doesn’t mean the vest is also retired. No sirree. Since 9-11, my trusty Tetranike has served one tour with the Army in Afghanistan and three in Iraq: with the Army, FBI and presently protecting a retired “snake eater” who’s training the Iraqi police force. The reason that sucker’s so well-traveled is that the Bush administration just can’t get its priorities right when it...
  • 2003 Speech to Colorado Libertarian Convention

    10/18/2003 10:31:47 AM PDT · by Voice in your head · 67 replies · 25+ views
    The Free State Project ^ | 2003 | Boston T Party
    Look, here's the straight scoop, like it or not. The Libertarian Party has about 50,000 paid members. Even as the largest third party–or, if you prefer, the third largest party–the LP commands no more than a million votes in presidential elections, and usually less than half that. It has one U.S. Congressman out of 435–Ron Paul of Texas–and he has to run as a Republican. It has one sheriff out of 3,100 counties, and no Senators or governors. Only billionaires like Perot or DuPont have ever hurdled the obstacles put in the way of third parties, and the LP has...
  • Israeli Air Force warplanes strike deep in Syria

    10/05/2003 9:11:07 AM PDT · by Voice in your head · 13 replies · 296+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 05 OCT 03 | ARIEH O'SULLIVAN
    Israeli warplanes bombed an Iranian-backed terrorist training camp deep in Syria, the army said Sunday, in response to a suicide bombing in Haifa that killed 19, including four children. The strike, Israel's first on Syrian soil in more than two decades, marks a considerable "notch up" in Israel's war on terrorism, which has now expanded beyond the borders of the Territories. It was approved by the highest levels following consultations through the night by the defense establishment. The military said the air strike took place between Saturday and Sunday and was against the Ein Tzahab base used by Islamic Jihad...
  • The Human Terrain of Urban Operations

    09/30/2003 5:36:22 PM PDT · by Voice in your head · 139+ views
    Parameters ^ | Spring 2000 | Lt. Col. Ralph Peters
    Tasked with urban operations, soldiers think of buildings. The initial mental image is of physical forms--skyscrapers or huts, airports and harbors, size, construction density, streets, sewers, and so on. Planners certainly are interested in the population's attitudes and allegiances, but cities are more likely to be classified by their differences in construction than by the variety of their populations. This focus on "terrain" leads to the assumption that military operations would be more challenging in a Munich than in a Mogadishu. But the latter "primitive" city brutally foiled an international intervention launched with humanitarian intent, while "complex" Munich whimpered into...
  • Creationism, Evolution, the War on Drugs, and Abortion

    09/27/2003 8:46:49 PM PDT · by Voice in your head · 54 replies · 265+ views
    27 SEP 03 | Voice in your head
    Two things happen when you beat your head against a wall. The first thing that happens is that your head starts to hurt. The second thing to happen, if you beat your head against the wall hard enough or repeat the trauma repeatedly, is that you start to experience mental problems, such as amnesia, confusion, or dizziness. That is a pretty similar account of what happens to threads that seek to put forth arguments or evidence in favor of, or against, creationism, evolution, the war on drugs, or abortion. In the short amount of time that I have been coming...
  • Peace is Hell

    09/25/2003 5:42:21 PM PDT · by Voice in your head · 7 replies · 301+ views
    The Atlantic Online ^ | October 2001 | WILLIAM LANGEWIESCHE
    Every six months the Pentagon sends nearly 4,000 soldiers to Bosnia and brings nearly 4,000 soldiers home. To see how it's done is to understand why keeping peace has become harder than waging war—and why the Pax Americana has stretched the mighty American military to the limit by William Langewiesche..... One day last fall in Bosnia, I met a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, a peacekeeper there, who said he worried about America's role in the world. He was a big, blond Californian, nearly thirty years old, who had risen through the enlisted ranks before qualifying for his commission. Now...
  • The Modified Vertical Stroke: A Modest Proposal for the Pentagon

    09/21/2003 5:27:38 AM PDT · by Voice in your head · 10 replies · 155+ views
    As the administration's Iraq "policy" careens out of control like a car stolen by joy-riding teenagers, critics are confronted with the inevitable retort: "But what would you do? Be constructive!" In truth, this rejoinder is a red herring: people who had no role in creating this mess have no moral "responsibility" for solving it; the authors of the mess have. And to the extent one accepts responsibility for rescuing the situation, one implicitly believes that one actually has a role in governing this erstwhile republic. In reality, the neo-con-artists, Big Oil plutocrats, and "defense" contractors will not release their iron...
  • Iraqi Resistance to Freedom: A Frommian Perspective

    09/05/2003 8:56:34 AM PDT · by Voice in your head · 3 replies · 1,247+ views
    Parameters ^ | Autumn 2003 | Cynthia E. Ayers
    Iraqi civilians were dancing and singing in the streets of Baghdad on the morning of 9 April 2003, while the American military consolidated efforts to secure the city. On that day it was obvious that Saddam Hussein had been deposed. In spite of the celebrations, however, coalition soldiers continued to meet opposition. By then the world could clearly see that at least some Iraqis were happy to be free and eager to express their joy at the fall of the regime. But many within the coalition were surprised that these feelings had not been expressed throughout the preceding weeks of...
  • Spotting the Losers: Seven Signs of Non-Competitive States

    09/04/2003 7:29:11 AM PDT · by Voice in your head · 75 replies · 5,243+ views
    Parameters ^ | 1998 | Ralph Peters
    © 1998 Ralph Peters When you leave the classroom or office and go into the world, you see at first its richness and confusions, the variety and tumult. Then, if you keep moving and do not quit looking, commonalties begin to emerge. National success is eccentric. But national failure is programmed and predictable. Spotting the future losers among the world's states becomes so easy it loses its entertainment value. In this world of multiple and simultaneous revolutions--in technology, information, social organization, biology, economics, and convenience--the rules of international competition have changed. There is a global marketplace and, increasingly, a global...
  • Seeking Commentary in Baghdad

    07/06/2003 9:23:49 PM PDT · by Voice in your head · 25 replies · 136+ views
    07 JUL 03 | Me
    I am an infantry officer in the 3rd Infantry Division, still stationed in Baghdad. For obvious reasons, we do not get much news here and even less commentary. I just found this internet connection today, but it is slower than death, so I do not expect to be doing much reading online. I am hoping to get a pulse on the political climate, in regards to Operation Iraqi Freedom, by relying on this website - specifically this thread - if I find myself with internet access again, anytime soon. What I am curious about is what the general attitude of...
  • The United States and the Persian Gulf in the Bush Administration after the Gulf War

    02/08/2003 9:28:41 PM PST · by Voice in your head · 2 replies · 9+ views
    Command and General Staff College Foreign Military Studies Office ^ | 1992 | Professor Bernard Reich and LTC Stephen H. Gotowicki, U.S. Army
    This article was originally published in Royal United Services Institute and Brassey's Defense Yearbook, 1992, London: Brassey's (UK), 1992.The Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on August 2, 1990 marked an important point in United States Middle East policy and in American thinking about the region. There was an abrupt shift of focus from the Arab-Israeli zone to the Persian Gulf-Arabian Peninsula sector that was unanticipated and resulted in a dramatic alteration in United States effort and involvement[1]. After the Gulf war cease fire, the Bush administration set in motion an effort to create a New World Order which constituted its policy...
  • Crusades versus Jihad

    02/07/2003 8:34:07 PM PST · by Voice in your head · 47 replies · 5,591+ views
    February 7, 2003 | Me
    I was doing some reading at the online Catholic Encyclopedia. It is an extremely well written, and user-friendly source of information. I found an interesting account of the Crusades and was struck by how similar the Catholic Encyclopedia’s interpretation of the Crusades is to the Islamic interpretation of Jihad. The Catholic Encyclopedia describes the Crusades as, “… expeditions undertaken, in fulfilment of a solemn vow, to deliver the Holy Places from Mohammedan tyranny.” Compare this with the definition of jihad given by Imam Tammam Adi Ph.D of the Islamic Cultural Center:“Jihad is the struggle to control one's lower instincts. Jihad...
  • IRAQ - A Brief Study

    01/31/2003 10:24:42 PM PST · by Voice in your head · 2 replies · 5+ views
    Center for Army Lessons Learned ^ | 30 JAN 03 | MSgt Anil Lund
    This is a pretty thorough, yet brief summary of the current situation in Iraq, from a military perspective. Of course, because it is the military perspective, it is a powerpoint presentation. Brought to you by the folks who fought Arab terrorists before it was fashionable... the USMC. CLICK HERE
  • Template for a successful State of the Union speech

    01/24/2003 6:26:37 PM PST · by Voice in your head · 5 replies · 208+ views
    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Mr. Speaker, Vice President Cheney, members of Congress, distinguished guests, fellow citizens: As we gather tonight, our nation is at war. Less than 20 minutes ago, the largest and most precise air bombardment in history began in the skies of Iraq. Our military is currently attacking the command, control, and communication capabilities of Iraq, destroying their radar and air defenses, and destroying Iraqi military installations with smart bombs and cruise missiles. (Silence.) The purpose of our military action is to seize control of Iraq, so that we may unseat the current brutal regime and...