Foreign Policy & War

The Vietnam War Was Immoral

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The 25th anniversary of the end of the war in Vietnam has evoked some curious responses. Two in particular are worth noting. Some aging baby-boomers are writhing in guilt because they managed to avoid military duty during the war. Chris Matthews, host of Hardball, is one who has emoted to that effect more than once. Why should anyone ... [click for more]

Clinton’s Coming Colombia Catastrophe

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The Senate will soon consider President Clinton's proposed $1.6 billion package to bankroll the government of Colombia's war against leftist guerillas. The aid windfall purports to help staunch the flow of drugs from Colombia. But there is no reason to expect further U.S. anti-drug aid to be any more effective than past aid. Even ... [click for more]

Russia’s Chance for a Free Market Future

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Winston Churchill once described Russia as a mystery wrapped in an enigma. The election of Vladimir Putin as Russia's new president for the next five years has in no way diminished this imagery. Groomed in the ranks of the KGB, the Soviet secret police, Putin has portrayed himself as nostalgic for the "greatness" that was ... [click for more]

Book Review: Reflections on a Ravaged Century

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Reflections on a Ravaged Century by Robert Conquest (New York: W.W. Norton, 2000); 317 pages; $26.95. When the 19th century was ending, there was a great sense of optimism and confidence. The December 31, 1899, issue of the New York Times had devoted practically its entire editorial page to a summary of the magnificent achievements of the 19th century: the steam ... [click for more]

Lessons from Austria … and Germany

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Austrian Joerg Haider and his Freedom Party are causing waves of anxiety throughout the European Union as well as the U.S. State Department. Government officials on both sides of the Atlantic are expressing dismay at Haider's political and economic views. The controversy provides valuable lessons for the American people. Officials are upset over Haider's position on ... [click for more]

Terrorism, War, and Crises

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The American people survived the threat of terrorist attacks during the millennial celebrations. But fear was definitely in the air. Seattle canceled its celebration after a man was arrested at the Canadian border with bomb-making materials. New York City sealed its manhole covers in Times Square and flooded the streets with cops. Throughout December, the television talk shows featured ... [click for more]

A New Deal for World Poverty

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UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is calling for a global New Deal to combat poverty in poorer nations. His plan raises important issues affecting the economic well-being of people all over the world. Why are some nations wealthy and others poor? Are impoverished nations doomed to remain mired in poverty forever? ... [click for more]

Should Old Glory Fly over the Capitol?

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The flap over whether the Confederate flag should fly over the South Carolina state capitol raises an interesting question: Should Old Glory be permitted to fly over the nation's Capitol in Washington, D.C.? After all, while the Confederacy lasted only 4 years, the U.S. flag represents a nation that had an ... [click for more]

Why Shouldn’t We Question the Good War?

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By raising questions about America's participation in World War II, Pat Buchanan has horrified American interventionists. People are simply not supposed to raise questions about America's role in what has become known as the "good war." Was Nazi Germany a direct threat to the United States after 1940? It's difficult to see how it was. After all, if Germany was ... [click for more]
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