Foreign Policy & War

A President Lies about War? Shocking!

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It is regarded as beyond the pale to suggest that a president of the United States would lie or otherwise play politics to win support for a war. Even President Bushs biggest critics in the Democratic Party shrink from using the L-word when they talk about the famous 16 words or the presidents other unequivocal pre-war claims about Saddam ... [click for more]

Jail John Ashcroft

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U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema is expected to issue a critical sanction any day in the federal criminal case prosecution of Zacharias Moussaoui, who is charged with having conspired to participate in the September 11 terrorist attacks. The order arises out of the government’s refusal to comply with the judge’s order that the government produce ... [click for more]

Classical Liberalism and World Peace

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Since the end of the First World War in 1918, the world has been in search of international order and global peace through the political method of international organization. The League of Nations was seen as the great hope for world peace and security. Its failure in the years between the two world wars was taken ... [click for more]

Book Review: Defend America First

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Defend America First: The Antiwar Editorials of the Saturday Evening Post, 1939–1942 by Garet Garrett (Caldwell, Idaho, 2003); 285 pages; $13.95. It has now long been taken for granted by the American citizenry that the president of the United States, in his role as commander in chief, has the authority and power to send American armed forces into harm’s ... [click for more]

Even with Weapons, Hussein Was No Threat

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The glaring absence of unconventional Iraqi arms should not blind us to the fact that even if Saddam Hussein had amassed chemical, biological, and — yes — even nuclear weapons, he would not have posed a threat to the American people. As offensive tools, those weapons would have been ... [click for more]

Selected Bibliography from The Failure of America’s Foreign Wars

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The following is a bibliography of revisionist works that was included in The Failure of America’s Foreign Wars, published by The Future of Freedom Foundation in 1996. The bibliography was prepared by Richard M. Ebeling. Acton, Lord (John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton). “Nationality,” in Essays in the History of Liberty. Indianapolis, Ind.: Liberty Classics, 1985. Ambrose, ... [click for more]

Preface to The Failure of America’s Foreign Wars

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The following is the preface to The Failure of America’s Foreign Wars, published by The Future of Freedom Foundation in 1996. For over one hundred years, the American way of life was unique: no income taxation, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, public schooling, economic regulations, or welfare. Except for allowing slavery, government’s role was primarily ... [click for more]

Foreign Policy in One Lesson

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“The art of economics,” Henry Hazlitt wrote in his classic, Economics in One Lesson, “consists in looking not merely at the immediate but at the longer effects of any act or policy; it consists in tracing the consequences of that policy not merely for one group but for all groups.” This sensible principle has attained the status of Great Truth among ... [click for more]

Kosovo Déjà Vu

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As the world looks on at the growing mess in post-war Iraq, it is time to recall the U.S. government’s bombing campaign against Serbia. There are many similarities to the recent campaign in Iraq. President Bill Clinton’s war against Serbia epitomized his moralism, his arrogance, his refusal to respect law, and his fixation on proving his virtue by using ... [click for more]

Book Review: To Destroy a City

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To Destroy a City: Strategic Bombing and Its Human Consequences in World War II by Hermann Knell (Cambridge, Mass.: Da Capo Press, 2003); 373 pages; $32.50. On the night of July 27, 1943, 728 Allied bombers arrived over the German city of Hamburg at one o’clock in the morning. Ten thousand tons of high explosives and incendiary bombs were dropped on ... [click for more]

Is Tax Freedom Now an Act of War?

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In a speech before the National Press Club last January, former New York governor Mario Cuomo charged that President Bush’s tax cut proposals were a form of “class warfare.” Challenging Bush’s claims that liberals and Democrats were fomenting class warfare with their charges that his tax plan favors the rich, ... [click for more]

The Rot at the Center of the Empire

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The announcement that the U.S. government had relied on fake and false evidence in the attempt to secure approval of its invasion of Iraq was, by and large, met by a collective yawn from the American people, especially the members of Congress. Its just one more example of the depths of moral depravity to which our nation has fallen. Think ... [click for more]
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