Foreign Policy & War

Maybe It’s Time to Privatize Foreign Policy

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Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, has caused uproar in American foreign policy circles by challenging existing forms of U.S. participation in a variety of military and political alliances in Europe and Asia, including NATO.  But in spite of impressions in the media, Trump is not an isolationist, but an extremely aggressive advocate of American interventionism. The self-proclaimed “master of the ... [click for more]

Time for a Nexit

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On June 23, a referendum arranged by Parliament was held in the United Kingdom. By a vote of 52 percent to 48 percent, British voters expressed their opinion that Great Britain should end its membership in the European Union. “Brexit” is a blend of “British exit” from the European Union (EU). This was not the first time British voters were ... [click for more]

NATO’s Warsaw War Plans

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Some 25 years since the end of the Warsaw Pact, NATO is meeting in Warsaw to make war plans against Russia. Is there a real reason to continue this Cold War? Special guest Jacob Hornberger, president of the Future of Freedom Foundation, joins the discussion. [click for more]

The British Say “No” to EU Power and Plunder

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The political and financial establishments of Europe and the United States were taken by almost total surprise and sent into apparent shock when 52 percent of the voters in the United Kingdom chose for their country to leave the European Union (EU). But it is not the end of the world as we know it, and can be a ... [click for more]

Memorializing the Horrors of War with 10 Must-See War Films

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“The horror... the horror...”—Apocalypse Now (1979) “You can’t show war as it really is on the screen, with all the blood and gore. Perhaps it would be better if you could fire real shots over the audience’s head every night, you know, and have actual casualties in the theater.”—Sam Fuller, film director and author Nearly 71 years ago, the United States ... [click for more]

Anti-war Is Pro-American

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Thomas Jefferson declared the American way of interacting with the world to be "peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations – entangling alliances with none." However, over the course of at least the past seven decades, the US government has turned this admonition on its head. Peace? The US government has waged wars of choice almost constantly since the ... [click for more]

The Inanity of the Cold War

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There were many inanities that came with the Cold War, the 45-year period of tension between the United States and the Soviet Union. In fact, one might easily argue that the entire Cold War was an exercise in inanity. U.S. officials, of course, have always maintained that the Cold War was necessary to prevent the Soviet Union from imposing communism ... [click for more]

War of Pure Defense: A First Sketch

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Few thinkers have ever set forth (much less developed) the rather straightforward idea of purely defensive war, i.e., war limited to repelling invaders — and otherwise doing nothing at all. The term “defensivism” would suit the case, but since philosopher Eric Mack put it (in my view) to different and rather conventional use almost forty years ago (“Permissible Defense,” ... [click for more]
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