Foreign Policy & War

Conservatives Flunk Logic

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“Hello. I’m from the government and I’m here to help you.” Conservatives love to use this line to mock the idea that government can do constructive things for you. Nothing gets a bigger laugh at conservative gatherings. The sentence has two meanings. First, it makes fun of the notion that politicians have ... [click for more]

Saving the Republic, Resisting the Imperial Temptation (video)

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Doug Bandow is a Washington-based political writer and policy analyst and Robert A. Taft Fellow with the American Conservative Defense Alliance. He served as a special assistant to President Ronald Reagan and as a senior policy analyst in the 1980 Reagan for President campaign. He has been widely published in leading newspapers and periodicals and has appeared on numerous radio ... [click for more]

An Imperial Presidency, Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2   Congress has the power “To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water....”   — U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8 The doctrine of energy in government, as I said before, ... [click for more]

The Diagnosis of a Dying Republic, Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2 Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic by Chalmers Johnson (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2006), 368 pages; $26. About 10 years ago, we libertarians were accustomed to hearing constitutionalist conservatives voicing our shared concern about the American ... [click for more]

Why Ron Paul’s Answer Terrifies Them

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In one short answer to a moderator’s question in the South Carolina debate in which Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul suggested that U.S. foreign policy motivated the 9/11 terrorists, Paul produced an earthquake that is shaking the Republican establishment. The chairman of the Michigan Republican Party proposed banning Paul from future ... [click for more]

Thank You, Ron Paul

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Ron Paul, a Republican congressman running for president, is saying what needs to be said about the 9/11 attacks and the Iraq war. Clearly, his rivals and the news media can’t handle the truth. At the most recent Republican debate Paul not only repeated his opposition to the illegal and unconstitutional war, ... [click for more]

Giuliani’s Attack on Ron Paul Falls Flat

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Ron Paul once again roiled Republican presidential politics on the issue of foreign policy during last night’s debate, finishing second in the post-debate poll conducted by Fox News and first in the poll conducted by MSNBC. Pointing out that U.S. foreign policy is the root cause of the anger and hatred that ... [click for more]

Empire or Freedom?

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The 9/11 attacks brought to the surface a dilemma that everyone, especially libertarians, must now confront: whether to choose a pro-empire, pro-intervention foreign policy or a free society. No one can deny that we now live in a country in which the president, on his own initiative, has the omnipotent power to send the nation into war against any country ... [click for more]

What the Warfare State Really Costs

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Estimates of the cost of the Iraq war continue to escalate to levels well beyond what its optimistic architects once promised. Most notable, perhaps, has been the estimate of Columbia University’s Joseph Stiglitz, who, in a January 2006 paper with Harvard’s Linda Bilmes, put the full cost at around $2 trillion. ... [click for more]

Preventing Opposition to War

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The idea, discussed by me and others, that it is good that most Americans are not directly touched by the President Bush’s wars is of course not the whole story. Our rulers could have forced us to be more involved. They could have passed a special war tax, launched a high-profile “Buy ... [click for more]

Thank Goodness We Can Ignore the Wars

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New York Times foreign-affairs columnist Thomas Friedman laments that most Americans are disengaged from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. During a recent radio appearance, Friedman cited comedian Bill Maher’s complaint that “the enemy” has had to fight only 140,000 Americans rather than all 300 million of us. You hear this a ... [click for more]
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