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Hornberger's Blog is a daily libertarian blog written by Jacob G. Hornberger, founder and president of FFF.
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NATO: America’s Other Cold War Dinosaur

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Ever since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the mainstream media has, by and large, chosen to toe the official Washington line: that the Cold War never ended, the Russian (i.e., Soviet) communist threat never went away, Russia is headed by an arrogant former KGB officer who pines for the Soviet Empire, Russia has become assertive again, and Europe is again ...

Was the White Rose Right or Wrong on Patriotism?

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One of the most dramatic movie scenes I have ever watched is the courtroom segment in Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, a German movie with English subtitles that I cannot recommend too highly. The movie revolves around Hans and Sophie Scholl, a brother and sister who were two of the principal members of a German organization called the ...

The Troops Did Not Die for Our Country or Our Freedom

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Yesterday, I received an email from an independent candidate for U.S. Senate in Alaska, Margaret Stock, which pointed out that she is a retired Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and a former professor at West Point. In her email, Stock stated that she had served alongside and mentored soldiers “who have given their lives for our country.” It ...

Thank the Troops for Destroying Our Country

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While Americans are expected to thank the troops for their service all year long, today — Memorial Day — we are called upon to thank them even more profusely. The idea is that since the troops are defending our country and protecting our rights and freedoms, we should express our gratitude to them. But there is just one big problem ...

Maduro Uses Washington’s Playbook

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The New York Times has an op-ed this morning, entitled “Venezuela’s Military in the Spotlight” by Ernesto Londono, which mocks Venezuelan President Vicente Maduro for preparing for a looming invasion by the U.S. military. Londono asserts the U.S. government has no interest in invading Venezuela and that Maduro is just trying to divert attention away from his domestic ...

Missing the Lessons on Vietnam

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In light of President Obama’s current trip to Vietnam, Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Sen. John McCain, and former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerry had a joint op-ed in the New York Times yesterday entitled “Moving On in Vietnam, but Remembering Its Lessons.” Unfortunately, however, the three Vietnam veterans have failed to draw the real lessons to be ...
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