The Terrorist Threat is Worse Now than Before Our Wars

From the Christian Science Monitor, we read about the terrorist threat: “US is no safer after 13 years of war, a top Pentagon official says.” The nation is no safer after 13 years of war, warns a top US military official who leads one of the nation’s largest intelligence organizations. “We have a whole gang of new actors out there that are far more extreme than Al Qaeda,” says Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, which employs some 17,000 American intelligence Read more […]

The Washington Post Uses Obama-As-Peacenik Gambit to Fool Conservatives On Obama’s Foreign Policy

The editorial board of the Washington Post is not a group that any conservative should trust, but this is especially true when they attack President Obama. It begins thus: FOR FIVE YEARS, President Obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality. It was a world in which “the tide of war is receding” and the United States could, without much risk, radically reduce the size of its armed forces. Other leaders, in this vision, would behave rationally Read more […]

They Hate Us Because We Murder Them

Reuter’s headline: “Air strike kills 15 civilians in Yemen by mistake: officials.” Fifteen people on their way to a wedding in Yemen were killed in an air strike after their party was mistaken for an al Qaeda convoy, local security officials said on Thursday. The officials did not identify the plane in the strike in central al-Bayda province, but tribal and local media sources said that it was a drone. “An air strike missed its target and hit a wedding car convoy, ten people were killed Read more […]

On Drones, Part 2: Blowback

The word “blowback” usually riles people up. Whenever you mention that our failed international policies might be negatively impacting our domestic security, people like to call you “anti-American” or “unpatriotic.” Some people seem to think that using diplomacy rather than force to get our way in the world is akin to the appeasement policies of Neville Chamberlain. Most “conservatives” prefer Teddy Roosevelt’s “big stick” policy. Minus the “speaking softly” part, of course. Read more […]