Foreign Policy & War

More Mideast Bills

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Surveying the history of England in The Rights of Man , Thomas Paine noted that "a bystander, not blinded by prejudice nor warped by interest, would declare that taxes were not raised to carry on wars, but that wars were raised to carry on taxes." The United States government has followed faithfully in England's footsteps. But ... [click for more]

Terrorism … or War?

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As U.S. government officials never tire of telling us, we live in a dangerous world. Terrorism especially is an ever-constant threat, even on American soil. But is it possible that the U.S. government itself is responsible in large part for making the world unsafe for the American people? The Washington Post recently reported that during the past three ... [click for more]

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]
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