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Military Tribunals Are Un-American

A couple of weeks ago, New York jurors convicted Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, a man named Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, of terrorism-related offenses in a trial in federal district court in New York City. The New York Times reported that “his swift conviction on all counts would seem to serve as a rejoinder to critics of the Obama administration’s ...

The U.S. Government Should Butt Out of Venezuela

In an op-ed in the New York Times today, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro calls for peace in Venezuela. The socialist president has been besieged by demonstrations in which several protestors have been killed. The protesters focus on horrendous economic conditions brought about by Maduro’s socialist economic policies. Maduro is issuing a call for domestic peace. The problem is that ...

Gun-Control Madness

British commentator Piers Morgan took a parting shot in favor of gun control during his final appearance on his CNN news show last Friday. Morgan exclaimed, “It’s your country; these are your gun laws. And the senseless slaughter will only end when enough Americans stand together and cry: Enough!” Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times is exclaiming against the ...

America’s Liar in Chief

Everyone is familiar with where America’s Cold War national-security state apparatus has led our nation: down the dark road of assassinations, torture, indefinite detention, coups, surveillance, regime-change operations, secrecy, tribunals, and other dark-side practices that are inherent to communist and other totalitarian regimes. But how many Americans ever give thought to the fact that the national-security state apparatus has also ...

Pardon Martha Stewart and Joseph Nacchio

The Get Out of Jail Free card that the Justice Department has given to national-security state official James R. Clapper can’t help to bring to mind what the feds did to Martha Stewart. Clapper commits perjury before Congress and nothing happens to him. Stewart lies to some federal agent when she’s not even under oath and she’s indicted, prosecuted, convicted, and ...

A Misguided Attack on The Future of Freedom Foundation

In an article at PJMedia.com, writer Keith Farrell suggests that libertarians should support foreign interventionism and specifically takes The Future of Freedom Foundation and LewRockwell.com to task for opposing foreign interventionism. Acknowledging that some U.S. interventions have proven to be absolute disasters, Farrell feels that libertarians should nonetheless be supporting U.S. foreign interventionism in selected cases. Farrell is wrong. ...

Ukraine and the Deferential Press

One of the distinguishing characteristics between libertarian commentators and the mainstream statist press is, once again, on display in the latest crisis, this one between President Obama and Russian President Putin. You see the standard knee-jerk rally to the government on the part of the mainstream press  while, at the same time, you see independent, critical analysis on the ...

Morsi, Allende, and Kennedy

Portuguese The military coup in Egypt provides a fascinating insight into the mindsets of the national-security establishments in both Egypt and the United States. After all, don’t forget: It has been the U.S. national-security state that has, over the decades, funded, built up, fortified, trained, and closely worked with the Egyptian military-intelligence establishment. Thus, it should come ...

Let’s Raise Our Vision to a Higher Level

Given the myriad problems afflicting America under the welfare-warfare state way of life, the American people living today have a choice: They can continue devoting their efforts to coming up with reforms in the hopes of fixing all those problems, or they can raise their vision to a higher level and lead the world out of the statist morass ...

Drug Warriors Just Don’t Get It

Portuguese U.S. Marine Corps General John F. Kelly, commanding general of the U.S. Southern Command, just doesn’t get it. Testifying before Congress, he lamented the movement toward legalizing drugs here in the United States. He suggested that Latin American officials, who have long been exhorted to fight the war on drugs, are losing faith in ...

Treating People Like Garbage

Portuguese As English colonists living in America understood, living under an empire is not a pleasant experience. Empire officials are inevitably arrogant, pretentious, pompous, haughty, big-headed, insufferable type of people. They believe that others should bow down them, pay them homage, and behave subserviently to them. American colonists, of course, haven’t been the only ones who have ...

Kennedy’s “Weakness” during the Cuban Missile Crisis Saved Our Lives

The Obama-Putin faceoff on Ukraine inevitably brings to mind the Kennedy-Khrushchev faceoff during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The confrontation between Kennedy and Khrushchev, of course, was much more dangerous given that it brought the United States and the Soviet Union to the brink of all-out nuclear war. But the two confrontations are similar with respect to the pressure brought ...
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