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  • 100 years later, remembering the crucible called World War I

    06/28/2014 7:33:17 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    la times ^ | 6-28-14 | Henry Chu
    The shot that changed the world rang out on a sunny summer's morning in Southeastern Europe. No one knew then that the assassin's bullet would spell the death not just of an Austrian aristocrat but the entire global order, with four empires and millions of lives lost in a conflict on a scale never before seen.. Exactly 100 years ago Saturday, Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian empire, and his wife, Sophie, were shot at close range by a young Serbian nationalist on the streets of Sarajevo. The assassination set off a chain reaction that, barely a...
  • Rebutting Critics, Obama Seeks Higher Bar for Military Action

    05/29/2014 5:13:15 AM PDT · by Phlap · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | 05/29/2014 | PETER BAKER
    As President Obama listens to assessments of his foreign policy these days, he grows deeply frustrated. Syria? Ukraine? Afghanistan? What more do his critics want him to do? Get into another war? Keep fighting one that has already become America’s longest? After more than five years in office, Mr. Obama has become increasingly convinced that while the United States must play a vital role beyond its borders, it should avoid getting dragged into the quicksand of international crises that have trapped some of his predecessors. It is time for an end to what he called “a long season of war.”...
  • Christie calls for more aggressive foreign policy

    05/19/2014 7:24:52 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 20 replies
    AP/ Yahoo News ^ | 5/19/14 | Steve Peoples
    Courting powerful Jewish donors for the second time in two months, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Sunday for a more aggressive foreign policy that defends American values abroad — even in "in some very messy, difficult places." "The rest of the world watches in desperation and hope that America will realize and act upon once again its indispensable place in the world," Christie, a prospective Republican presidential contender, said in a keynote address Sunday at the Champions of Jewish Values International awards gala in New York. "We must lead." He charged that America must represent the strongest military and...
  • Letter to the American People on Ukraine

    04/30/2014 7:02:58 AM PDT · by Renfield · 4 replies
    Open Revolt ^ | 3-8-2014 | Alexander Dugin
    In this difficult hour of serious trouble on our Western borders, I would like to address the American people in order to help you understand better the positions of our Russian patriots which are shared by the majority of our society. Difference Between the two Meanings of Being American (In the Russian View) 1. We distinguish between two different things: the American people and the American political elite. We sincerely love the first and we profoundly hate the second. 2. The American people has its own traditions, habits, values, ideals, options and beliefs that are their own. These grant to...
  • Eric Cantor blasts ‘isolationist sentiment’

    02/18/2014 2:24:46 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/17/14 | AUSTIN WRIGHT
    Make no mistake: Eric Cantor sides with the strong-on-defense wing of the GOP. In a Presidents Day speech prepared for delivery at the Virginia Military Institute, the House majority leader offers a full-throated rebuke of the “isolationist sentiment” he says caused the United States to hesitate to enter World War II and again threatens to unleash global horrors. The speech is aimed at President Barack Obama, accusing him of bungling just about every foreign policy challenge he has faced as commander in chief, from Syria’s civil war to the attempt to reset relations with Russia. “America’s friends worry we have...
  • A Brief History of Pacifism and Isolationism vs. Interventionism in the Republican +party

    12/26/2013 12:23:11 PM PST · by crazylibertarian · 15 replies
    Self - vanity | Dece,ber 26, 2013 | Roderick T. Beaman
    The Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) is spearheading a return to the non-interventionist policies of Robert Taft of the 20s to the early 50s. Taft was defeated at the 1952 Republican National Convention for the nomination by Dwight D. Eisenhower. It is telling that Barry Goldwater attended that convention as an Eisenhower, not a Taft delegate. The neo-non-interventionists are destined for far more success in the Republican Party than any economic libertarian will ever find in the Democratic Party. As usual, history is instructive. Our Wars of 1812, Mexican-American and Spanish-American were strictly imperialistic. Our entry into WWI was engineered by...
  • The World According to Ike

    10/30/2013 3:16:36 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 10-12-13 | Jason Lewis
    One troubling aspect of our near-war with Syria is the apparent zeal both political parties have for military action abroad. In fact, no sooner had we dodged the proverbial bullet in Damascus then America’s bipartisan saber-rattlers recalibrated their sites on the big prize, Tehran. Historically speaking, it’s really no surprise that Wilsonian internationalists like John Kerry gravitate toward government intervention. After all, that’s exactly what liberals do at home. What’s harder to explain is why conservative policy has become so hawkish given Republican Party tradition throughout the 20th century.
  • Obama Sends 100 US Troops to Uganda to Help Combat Lord’s Resistance Army

    02/15/2012 11:28:30 AM PST · by rellimpank · 40 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10 oct 2011 | Jake Tapper
    ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Luis Martinez report: Two days ago President Obama authorized the deployment to Uganda of approximately 100 combat-equipped U.S. forces to help regional forces “remove from the battlefield” – meaning capture or kill – Lord’s Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony and senior leaders of the LRA. The forces will deploy beginning with a small group and grow over the next month to 100. They will ultimately go to Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with the permission of those countries. The president made this announcement in a letter...
  • Report: Syria arms missiles with chemical warheads

    The Syrian regime, which has endured nine months of civil unrest spurred by the Arab Spring as it swept across the Middle East, has armed its medium-range missile arsenal with chemical warheads. According to a report published by the Sabah daily Sunday, Damascus armed 600 one-ton chemical warheads to use in the event of a foreign military intervention. Furthermore, President Bashar al-Assad ordered the deployment of 21 missile launchers along its border with Turkey. Syria’s medium-range missiles that can be equipped with chemical warheads have a range of up to 1,300 kilometers and would include the southern and central provinces...
  • Paul Touts Spending Cuts ... (Meet the Press, legal video at link)

    10/23/2011 12:12:45 PM PDT · by Kurt Evans · 52 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | October 23, 2011 | Katrina Trinko
    In a wide-ranging interview on Meet the Press today, Ron Paul talked about his plan to cut $1 trillion in spending, his hope that the government will eventually get out of the housing market, and his frustration at the U.S. military intervention in the Middle East. Paul also lamented the “uselessness” of some of the arguments in the GOP primary debates. “I mean, arguing over who mows Mitt Romney’s lawn,” Paul said. “In the midst of a crisis, a sovereign debt worldwide crisis, the biggest in the history of the world, and the financial system of the world is about...
  • Analysis: Will Obama's foreign policy success help?

    10/22/2011 10:24:40 AM PDT · by yoe · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 21, 2011 | Steve Holland
    President Barack Obama delivered on another foreign policy promise on Friday with plans to pull the last U.S. troops from Iraq. But in a re-election campaign all about the weak U.S. economy, he may not get much credit. Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, radical Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi -- these are all dead U.S. opponents that Democrat Obama can claim a measure of credit for getting. Now add to that Obama's announcement on Friday that the eight-year war in Iraq is ending, fulfilling a campaign goal he made in 2008 when he declared the...
  • Bush 43: Why The Critics “P***ed Me Off”

    05/19/2011 4:21:51 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 24 replies
    Weekend Libertarian ^ | May 20, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    According to the media-approved version of history, President Bush was evil, beyond salvation. But reason submits that, according to uncensored accounts, Bush 43 was far more tolerant than campaigning journalists gave him credit for. Arguably, Bush had every right to be angry. From Decision Points comes this underreported insight (page 256): President Schuster [of Slovakia] had tears in his eyes as he described his nation’s pride in helping liberate Iraq. I kept that moment in mind when I heard critics allege that America acted unilaterally. The false charge denigrated our allies and p***ed me off. Another related myth foisted on...
  • Palin cuts ties to Soros-linked aides

    05/03/2011 7:01:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Salon ^ | 5/3/11 | Justin Elliott
    The big Sarah Palin news today is that she has lost her longtime foreign policy adviser, Randy Scheunemann. Scheunemann is a well-known neoconservative who worked for Jesse Helms and was intimately involved in the push for the Iraq war. He later became an aide to John McCain on the 2008 presidential campaign, where he met and linked up with Palin. He's been associated with her ever since. The question is: Why did they Scheunemann, who runs the lobbying firm Orion Strategies, leave Palin now?
  • Sarah Palin changes advisers, and her worldview

    05/03/2011 6:54:16 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 31 replies
    WASHINGTON POST ^ | 02 MAY 2011 | JENNIFER RUBIN
    Whatever else you think of Sarah Palin, she has, since the 2008 presidential campaign, been a clear voice in favor of a robust American presence in the world, a defender of the Afghanistan war, a friend of Israel and a counterweight to neo-isolationist elements on the right. But careful observers of Palin noticed that recently she was sounding more like Obama’s liberal critics than the VP candidate who echoed Sen. John McCain’s forward-leaning foreign policy. She put out a statement on Facebook last week on Libya that can only be described as incoherent. It was hard to tell if she...
  • Obama Still Murky on Libya (VDH nails it)

    03/28/2011 8:07:34 PM PDT · by Yardstick · 7 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 28, 2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    President Obama just gave a weird speech. Part George W. Bush, part trademark Obama — filled with his characteristic split-the-difference, straw-man (“some say, others say”), false-choice tropes. [snip] Somehow, I don’t think Qaddafi will be impressed enough to step down; the European allies will be somewhat confused over the degree of future American support; the rebels will wonder whether they should take Tripoli or should settle for a zone of sanctuary; critics won’t know whether Obama will ever consult the Congress; we still don’t know why Qaddafi was worse than an Assad or Ahmadinejad — or who or what the...
  • Ominous Signals on Libya: A Response to Andrew Sullivan

    03/28/2011 5:19:42 AM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | March 26, 2011 | David Horowitz
    Andrew Sullivan takes exception to my observations that we are on a fool’s errand in Libya and a dangerous one. The other day I took issue with neo-conservatives who had learned nothing from failed attempts to create Western-style democracies in Muslim cultures. I had pointed to recent experiences in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Gaza (let alone Turkey) and warned that our military invasion of Libya could lead to the creation of an al-Qaeda aligned totalitarian state. Here is how the Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan characterized these thoughts: “It looks as if David Horowitz has left the neocons and become an anti-Islam...
  • Is Isolationism on the Rise?

    03/06/2011 9:06:12 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 15 replies · 1+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2011-02-25 | Jack Hunter
    In the 1980’s the United States funded Iraq’s Saddam Hussein yet considered Palestine’s Yasser Arafat and Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi terrorists. And they were. But so was Saddam, who at that time was terrorizing his own people, gassing Iraqi Kurds while receiving America’s financial and political support. In the 1990’s, the US declared Hussein a menace and we apparently changed our mind about Arafat, who was even invited to the White House to shake hands with Bill Clinton. In the 2000’s George W. Bush went back to calling Arafat a terrorist, went to war with Saddam, who we also began calling...
  • This time, the people of Haiti may win

    02/20/2011 4:04:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | February 11, 2011 (updated) | Mark Weisbrot
    In 1915, the US Marines invaded Haiti, occupying the country until 1934. US officials rewrote the Haitian constitution, and when the Haitian national assembly refused to ratify it, they dissolved the assembly. They then held a "referendum" in which about 5% of the electorate voted and approved the new constitution – which conveniently changed Haitian law to allow foreigners to own land – with 99.9% voting for approval. The situation today is remarkably similar. The country is occupied, and although the occupying troops wear blue helmets, everyone knows that Washington calls the shots. On 28 November an election was held...
  • An Economy of Liars

    04/20/2010 2:54:36 AM PDT · by The Raven · 12 replies · 608+ views
    The Wall St Journal ^ | Apr 20, 2010 | GERALD P. O'DRISCOLL JR.
    Free markets depend on truth telling. Prices must reflect the valuations of consumers; interest rates must be reliable guides to entrepreneurs allocating capital across time; and a firm's accounts must reflect the true value of the business. Rather than truth telling, we are becoming an economy of liars. The cause is straightforward: crony capitalism. Thomas Carlyle, the 19th century Victorian essayist, unflatteringly described classical liberalism as "anarchy plus a constable." As a romanticist, Carlyle hated the system—but described it accurately. Classical liberals, whose modern counterparts are libertarians and small-government conservatives, believed that the state's duties should be limited (1) to...
  • Bombs and Bribes [Ron Paul]

    10/14/2009 8:56:48 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 65 replies · 2,764+ views
    What if tomorrow morning you woke up to headlines that yet another Chinese drone bombing on US soil killed several dozen ranchers in a rural community while they were sleeping? That a drone aircraft had come across the Canadian border in the middle of the night and carried out the latest of many attacks? What if it was claimed that many of the victims harbored anti-Chinese sentiments, but most of the dead were innocent women and children? And what if the Chinese administration, in an effort to improve its public image in the US, had approved an aid package to...
  • How an aggressive foreign policy helps America

    07/05/2009 9:11:10 PM PDT · by UberAmericanPatriot1967 · 9 replies · 489+ views
    American Solvent ^ | June 23, 2009 | Zeleke D. Snyder
    In recent times, that is, during June of 2009, President Barack Obama has recoiled at efforts at fighting the oppressors in Iran. He has allowed the political situation in Iran to escalate into the crisis it is today. At the time of this writing, protests in the streets have broken out over the rigged election. The red flags should have been flying in the Commander in Chief’s face already. Iran has been advancing their nuclear weapon program at a dangerously rapid rate, constantly waving the fact at the West. The rest has been very well documented. Political corruption has been...
  • On Af-Pak: Stop "Helping" [Ron Paul]

    05/11/2009 3:41:13 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 50 replies · 3,134+ views
    While much of the country’s attention is on other issues, a serious situation is developing in Pakistan that threatens to plunge us into another fruitless and bloody war. It is very frustrating to see that many who were so vehemently against the wars of the last administration have suddenly lost interest in foreign policy simply because we were promised change. Those still paying attention know that nothing could be further from the truth. Very little has changed, except perhaps rhetoric, but what does that matter when the bombing missions are only getting deadlier? Rather than drawing down violent military interventions...
  • Best of the Web Today: Is 'Liberal Interventionism' Dead?

    04/25/2009 7:19:01 AM PDT · by slowhandluke · 1 replies · 676+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 24, 2009 | James Taranto
    Yesterday Tony Blair, the former British prime minister, delivered an important speech in Chicago. As Oliver Kamm of London's Times notes, it was a follow-up to a speech 10 years ago, also in Chicago, in which Blair, as Kamm puts it, "rightly perceived that rogue states posed a threat to civilised values and regional stability" and, in Blair's own words, "set out what I described as a doctrine of international community that sought to justify intervention." When Blair spoke in 1999, Saddam Hussein still held power in Iraq and Slobodan Milosevic ruled what was left of Yugoslavia. The end of...
  • Maureen Dowd Wants Soviet-Style Show Trials with Capitalist Defendants in Shackles

    02/19/2009 8:57:51 PM PST · by GoodDay · 34 replies · 1,210+ views
    Our mixed economy rests on the effective discarding of the United States Constitution, which placed severe limits on government power and thus stood as a bulwark in defense of an economic system that was almost one of laissez-faire. The Constitutional protections were discarded by a process of pretending that the Constitution could somehow “grow” or “evolve,” which actually meant nothing other than choosing to ignore it. ...The present symbolism depicting the relationship between the government and the citizen is that the head of the government, the President of the United States, has at his disposal, with no objection from anyone,...
  • "The credit expansion boom is built on the sands of banknotes and deposits. It must collapse.

    12/05/2008 9:19:33 PM PST · by Exton1 · 11 replies · 1,385+ views
    Investment Rarities Inc. ^ | Ludwig Von Mises
    The Wisdom of Ludwig Von Mises "The credit expansion boom is built on the sands of banknotes and deposits. It must collapse. * * * * * * "There is no means of avoiding the final collapse of a boom brought about by credit expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as a result of a voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion, or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved. * * * * * * "The boom is called good business, prosperity, and upswing. Its unavoidable aftermath, the readjustment of...
  • And None Dare Call It Treason - RE: McCain's foreign policy adviser

    08/22/2008 5:01:13 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 35 replies · 519+ views
    Human Events.com ^ | 8/22/08 | PAT BUCHANAN
    Who is Randy Scheunemann? He is the principal foreign policy adviser to John McCain and potential successor to Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski as national security adviser to the president of the United States. But Randy Scheunemann has another identity, another role. He is a dual loyalist, a foreign agent whose assignment is to get America committed to spilling the blood of her sons for client regimes who have made this moral mercenary a rich man. From January 2007 to March 2008, the McCain campaign paid Scheunemann $70,000 -- pocket change compared to the $290,000 his Orion Strategies banked in...
  • Bush Mideast speech draws cool response

    01/14/2008 10:29:17 PM PST · by canuck_conservative · 5 replies · 74+ views
    McClatchey DC ^ | Sunday, January 13, 2008 | Hannah Allam
    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — President Bush on Sunday described Iran as the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism and called on Arab allies to help his administration curb the threat "before it's too late." In a speech at an opulent, palace-style resort here Sunday, Bush accused Iran's militant Shiite Muslim government of spending hundreds of millions of dollars to foment instability in Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan and the Palestinian territories, while ordinary Iranians face economic hardships and political repression. "Iran's actions threaten the security of nations everywhere," Bush said. "So the United States is strengthening our longstanding security commitments...
  • Lee Harris: Reflections on "Blowback"

    12/13/2007 7:32:53 AM PST · by Tolik · 29 replies · 855+ views
    tcsdaily.com ^ | December 12, 2007 | Lee Harris
    The following is a conclusion of a long article by a philosopher Lee Harris where he is deconstructing a frequently heard lately charge of "blowback" to US actions in the world (i.e. that 9/11 was a "blowback" for the United States' foreign policy toward the Muslim world over the past half century or so, going back to the CIA engineered coup in 1953 that ousted Iranian leader Mossadegh, and that  "we had it coming" as a response to "American imperialism") ...This conclusion, however, poses a radical dilemma. A libertarian can plausibly argue that politicians should not interfere with domestic affairs,...
  • Ron Paul on the Walter Reed Scandal

    03/09/2007 12:11:38 PM PST · by Austin Willard Wright · 11 replies · 720+ views
    Ron Paul Congressional Site ^ | March 9, 2007 | Ron Paul
    Click on the video link on the right.
  • Weapons of Mass Redistributionism

    11/05/2006 8:36:19 AM PST · by Conservative Goddess · 16 replies · 737+ views
    The Tribune Review ^ | November 5, 2006 | Colin McNickle
    "Zounds!" offered one of the wags with whom I regularly converse. The Ph.D. economist was offering his very technical assessment of the "blue-ing" of Pennsylvania. "Given how 'blue'...the two major population centers ... are and the control of the Legislature they have...the likelihood of addressing the horrendous statist policies in PA shrink with every resident who heads south in search of opportunity," he said. Indeed, Pennsylvania, the birthplace of an America founded on liberty and independence, is suffering from an astounding progression of collectivist economic stupidity that only will invite more government dependence and tyranny. And, oh, yes, more voting...
  • Joint Ventures in Russia: Inchcape

    07/02/2006 6:48:38 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 282+ views
    PanAsianBiz ^ | June 29, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    Russia is not quite the bear that the dragon of China is. But Russia still has appeal despite the many real obstacles and challenges a business partner might face. The laws change seemingly on a whim; the government jumps in and out of relationships; work stops; a GM factory faced a temporary shutdown when it couldn't come to terms with a state-owned partner. Still, there are a number of joint ventures in the news. Despite the problems that GM has been having, the automotive retail group Inchcape hopes to team up with Moscow's automotive retailer Independence Group. Inchcape has operations...
  • Europe at a crossroads

    05/24/2006 6:03:44 PM PDT · by sageb1 · 35 replies · 752+ views
    American University of Rome ^ | February 21, 2006 | Marcello Pera
    21 February 2006 Europe at a crossroads Address to the American University of Rome by Marcello Pera 1. A geopolitical continental drift The subject I intend to address today is the crisis of the West, and particularly of Europe. In my view this crisis is twofold, both geopolitical and spiritual, with the latter as the main cause of the former. The fact that the Old Continent is in a state of deep crisis has been upheld by many distinguished scholars, observers and a few – unfortunately just a few – political leaders in Europe. This was argued in most alarming...
  • HOW WE WOULD FIGHT CHINA

    05/10/2005 6:11:01 PM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 302 replies · 5,723+ views
    LA NUEVA CUBA ^ | June 2005 | Robert D. Kaplan
    The Middle East is just a blip. The American military contest with China in the Pacific will define the twenty-first century. And China will be a more formidable adversary than Russia ever was For some time now no navy or air force has posed a threat to the United States. Our only competition has been armies, whether conventional forces or guerrilla insurgencies. This will soon change. The Chinese navy is poised to push out into the Pacific—and when it does, it will very quickly encounter a U.S. Navy and Air Force unwilling to budge from the coastal shelf of the...
  • In Defense of Capitalism (Debunking The Religious Left)

    02/28/2005 9:12:18 AM PST · by Matchett-PI · 16 replies · 4,597+ views
    The Schwartz Report - Volume 39, Number 3; March 1999 ^ | Excerpted from his 1996 Book (Linked below) | Dr. Ronald H. Nash
    Capitalism is not economic anarchy. When properly defined, it recognizes several necessary conditions for the kinds of voluntary relationships it supports. One of these is the existence of inherent human rights, such as the right to make decisions, the right to be free, the right to hold property, and the right to exchange peacefully what one owns for something else. Capitalism also presupposes a system of morality. Under capitalism, there are definite limits, moral and otherwise, to the ways in which people can exchange. Capitalism should be viewed as a system of voluntary relationships within a framework of laws that...
  • Sic Transit Gloria Mundi (Here, kitties! Live chow, a grad student no less).

    01/31/2005 9:08:09 AM PST · by dmitry_chernikov · 302 replies · 10,922+ views
    1/31/2005 | Dmitry Chernikov
    I think that it has been well established that "conservatives" or whatever it is they call themselves these days (e.g., storm troopers) in matters concerning politics value little more than the state's power in which they imagine themselves to participate and the supposed glory that war and domestic national securitism brings to them. Now strictly speaking this is a delusion, because their only access to power lies in the accidental agreement of their opinions with those of the managers of the state. This access will evaporate as soon as the state does something that displeases our conservatives. It is always...
  • "Interdiction," or Aggression?

    01/18/2005 4:18:24 PM PST · by w6ai5q37b · 10 replies · 446+ views
    The New American ^ | January 24, 2005 | Unknown
    In his 2002 book Bush at War — which was compiled with ample help from the White House, Pentagon, and CIA — Bob Woodward describes a ceremony conducted by U.S. Special Forces and intelligence personnel near Gardez, Afghanistan, on February 5, 2002. About 25 men gathered around a tombstone marking a buried piece of the World Trade Center. During the ceremony, one of those present declared: "We will export death and violence to the four corners of the earth in defense of our great nation." Obviously, there are occasions when defending our nation will require the focused delivery of lethal...
  • {Buchanan Says Conservatives Are} "Spectators Again in 2004"

    06/02/2004 6:30:14 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 167 replies · 428+ views
    WND.com ^ | 06-02-04 | Buchanan, Patrick J.
    Spectators again in 2004 Posted: June 2, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 Creators Syndicate, Inc. About George W. Bush, Americans seem to have made up their minds, and enough seem prepared to replace him that this election will be about John Kerry. And the forum where the nation takes the measure of Kerry will be the presidential debates. These debates have often proved decisive. In 1960, JFK won by appearing confident, charismatic and the equal of two-term Vice President Richard Nixon in knowledge and communications skills. In 1964 and 1972, Presidents Johnson and Nixon, sitting atop mountainous leads, declined...
  • Mere “Isolationism”: The Foreign Policy of the Old Right

    12/20/2003 5:56:16 PM PST · by NMC EXP · 27 replies · 373+ views
    Foundation for Economic Education ^ | 02/01/2000 | Joseph R. Stromberg
    One of the “lost causes” to which libertarians are attached—and one of the most important—is that of the “isolationist” Old Right. As used by the late Murray Rothbard, among others, the term “Old Right” refers to a loose coalition opposed to the New Deal in both its domestic and foreign aspects. While not following a strict party line, Old Rightists largely spoke from the ground of classical liberalism and classical republicanism. This earned them epithets like “conservative” and “reactionary” since those two outlooks were rooted in actual American life. Having something to conserve made them “conservatives”—a terrible thing from the...
  • Here We Go Again

    12/10/2003 6:04:23 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 90 replies · 217+ views
    WND.com ^ | 12-10-03 | Buchanan, Patrick J.
    Here we go again Posted: December 10, 2003 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2003 Creators Syndicate, Inc. A close read of President Bush's November addresses at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington and at the Whitehall Palace in London leads a traditionalist almost to despair. George Bush did not write this democratist drivel. This is the kind of messianic rhetoric he probably never heard before he became president. Who is putting these words in his mouth? For if George Bush truly intends to lead a "global democratic revolution," and convert not only Iraq but the whole Middle East to democracy,...
  • Buchanan Questions "George Woodrow Carter"

    11/12/2003 6:16:52 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 166 replies · 293+ views
    WND.com ^ | 11-12-03 | Buchanan, Patrick J.
    George Woodrow Carter Posted: November 12, 2003 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2003 Creators Syndicate, Inc. Reading President Bush's address to the National Endowment for Democracy, one wonders: Have the neocons captured him totally? For, though he is being hailed as Reagan's true heir, Bush has begun to sound like a clone of Woodrow Wilson or Jimmy Carter. Foreign policy is, in Walter Lippman's phrase, the "Shield of the Republic." Its purpose: protect our independence and freedom. "We do not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy," said John Quincy Adams. Traditional conservatives believe in the Eisenhower formula of Peace...
  • Columnist Patrick J. Buchanan: "Imperial Wars -- Then and Now"

    08/13/2003 8:00:07 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 48 replies · 326+ views
    WND.com ^ | 08-13-03 | Buchanan, Patrick J.
    Imperial wars, then & now Posted: August 13, 2003 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2003 Creators Syndicate, Inc. Having found neither weapons of mass destruction nor a link to 9-11, the White House has retreated into its fallback position. It now defends Operation Iraqi Freedom as a necessary war to rid the Middle East of a brutal dictatorship and replace it with a democracy. That is, this was a war of democratic imperialism, as some of us said all along. The neocons exploited America's rage after 9-11 and steered the president into invading Iraq, in order to reshape its political system...
  • How much of this world can Bush remake?(costing U.S. taxpayers nearly $5 billion a month)

    07/11/2003 6:06:57 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 49 replies · 276+ views
    Arizona Republic ^ | 7/10/03 | Robert Robb
    <p>As commitments pile up, the question arises: Is there any limit to President Bush's international interventionism?</p> <p>This is a surprising question to be asking. During the presidential campaign, Bush seemed more circumspect than his predecessor or his opponent about involvement in international problems without a clear U.S. strategic interest at stake.</p>
  • Old Republic

    03/11/2003 8:17:48 AM PST · by Willie Green · 6 replies · 245+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Tuesday, March 11, 2003 | David Hill (letter to the editor)
    <p>When Old Right conservatives (and the liberal Left) acknowledge that U.S. interventionist policies in the Middle East enflame Islamic extremists, the Beltway neoconservatives brand these folks as the "blame-America-first crowd."</p> <p>The terrorists, they say, just "hate our system — democracy, freedom, equality." Our being over there has nothing to do with it.</p>
  • CATO:Does US intervention overseas breed terrorism? The Historical Record (Old Article, Dec '98)

    04/14/2002 1:43:30 AM PDT · by zapiks44 · 3 replies · 210+ views
    CATO Institute ^ | December 17, 1998 | Iven Eland
    http://www.cato.org/pubs/fpbriefs/fpb-050es.html