Thoughts, essays, and writings on Liberty. Written by the heirs of Patrick Henry.

September 15, 2008

Iraqi Foreign Minister: Obama Asked Iraqi Leaders to Delay U.S. Troop Withdrawal Agreement Until After the Election

If this turns out to be true, this could be the most damning scandal exposed of any of the candidates seeking to be the next president or vice president. According to an article in The New York Post, Sen. Barack Obama told Iraqi leaders to delay a U.S. troop withdrawal agreement until after the presidential […]

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July 23, 2008

Want to Serve Your Country? Well, What’s Stopping You!

Time has an ongoing series which advocates the need for “voluntary” national service. In the magazine’s latest article by Managing Editor Richard Stengel, the author praises both John McCain and Barack Obama for their urging of Americans to “serve interests greater than self.” It is a unique moment for the idea of national service. You […]

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July 21, 2008

Analysing John McCain’s Foreign Policy Wish List – No Ponies For Little Girls

John McCain must hate little girls. It is one of many inescapable conclusions that arise from reading his National Security position paper, which promises all things to everyone – well almost everyone. His foreign policy plans promise more submarines, more ships, more aircraft, more divisions, more security, more military assistance for allies, more attacks on […]

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June 29, 2008

How Badly This Administration Wants War

Seymour Hersh writes in the New Yorker: Late last year, Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources. These operations, for which the President sought up to four hundred million dollars, were described in a […]

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March 14, 2008

President Bush Is A Liar And A Coward

On Thursday, President Bush decided to offer some encouragement to the troops in the war Afghanistan (a war he has often neglected in favor of his disastrous vanity project in Iraq) by offering this bon mot on his personal feelings about the mission and the service rendered by our armed forces: I must say, I’m […]

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Should We Thank Veterans For Our Freedom ?

A reader passed on to me a link that asks a question with what would seem like an an obvious answer, but at least one libertarian thinks the answer is no: Why not? Because no living veteran of any US foreign military incursion has done anything to protect a US citizen. “Gee, Joe, you’re a […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 8:17 am || Permalink || Comments (15) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Military,Theory and Ideas
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January 31, 2008

Al-Qaeda’s “Number Three Man” Killed…Again

I think this brings us up to seven or eight “number threes” killed in the al-Qaeda hierachy since 2001.  Must be a hell of a corporate flow chart they have.  I wonder what country the next guy will be situated in when our government decides to “promote” him.  Somehow I think it will end up being whatever country […]

Posted By: UCrawford @ 11:06 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Doublespeak,Foreign Affairs,General,Military,War on Terror
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January 14, 2008

End the War

The enemy has changed tactics yet again and as a result we are left scrambling to catch up. Despite a large U.S. military presence, he still manages to elude detection and moves with impunity in order to accomplish his objectives. After an investment of billions of dollars and several years of operations, it’s time to […]

Posted By: mike @ 10:28 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Military,The War on Drugs
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January 10, 2008

Double-Speak Definition Of The Day

Today’s double-speak is: “Al-Qaeda’s Number 3 Man” A hierarchical description applied to a member of an organization that has no clearly defined hierarchy beyond the top two members.  This term is popular with the current administration whenever they kill a probable terrorist whose body the military was able to identify in a timely fashion and who had enough […]

Posted By: UCrawford @ 6:06 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Doublespeak,General,Human Rights,Humor,Military,War on Terror
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November 21, 2007

The Best Explanation of the Second Amendment I Have Ever Heard

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”- Amendment II, U.S. Constitution As Doug reported yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court is going to take its first case on the Second Amendment in almost 70 years. During […]

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November 11, 2007

What Does a Veteran Want Today?

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted. My work has kept me very busy, to say the least. Still, I’ve been here reading and enjoying what my fellow contributors are posting. But today seemed like a good time to contribute a post of my own. It’s Veteran’s Day (originally Armistice Day). It’s the one […]

Posted By: Adam Selene @ 11:12 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Military,Politics
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October 17, 2007

The Endangered Species People Act

(WSB Radio) — Despite the threat of legal action by Gov. Sonny Perdue, the Army Corps of Engineers says it has no plans to reduce the release of water from Lake Lanier and Lake Allatoona. Army Major Darren Payne tells WSB’s Pete Combs the Corps is required by law to send water down the Chattahoochee […]

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September 14, 2007

Have Republicans and Democrats Found Common Ground on the Way Forward in Iraq?

Yesterday, President Bush addressed the American people to give his assessment of both the progress and the way forward in Iraq based on General Petraeus’s report and testimony before congress. As is customary when the president gives a speech, a member of the opposing party gave a counterpoint speech. This time the Democrats selected Rhode […]

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September 8, 2007

Is non-interventionism immoral?

“The noblest fate that a man can endure is to place his own mortal body between his loved home and the war’s desolation.” Robert Heinlein Starship Troopers For as long as I can remember, people interested in politics have been debating various crises where the main question was whether or not the U.S. military should […]

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August 10, 2007

The Media Floats The Draft Balloon

Today, on NPR, “War Czar” Lt. Gen. Lute was asked about whether he wants to see a return to government slavery, also known as conscription or “the draft”. Here’s his answer: I think it makes sense to certainly consider it, and I can tell you, this has always been an option on the table, but […]

Posted By: tarran @ 10:42 pm || Permalink || Comments (28) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Draft,Military,Theory and Ideas,War on Terror
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August 1, 2007

“You Like Europe’s Health Care So Much? Then Go Live There”

I use the above phrase to attack socialized medicine a lot. I’m not trying to be hostile or sarcastic when I say this. I’m not trying to convey an “America…love it or leave it” type message, nor am I interested in cutting off the debate about the problems with health care in this country, which […]

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July 22, 2007

There’s No Good Reason To Bring Back The Draft….And Plenty Of Bad Ones

Motivated mostly by his opposition to the Iraq War, Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha, along with New York Congressman Charles Rangel, has been among the most vocal members of Congress talking about the idea of bringing back the draft, and forcing young men, and presumably women, into military service whether they like it or not. Let’s […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 8:07 pm || Permalink || Comments (11) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Foreign Affairs,Military
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June 23, 2007

Hugo Chaves Trying To Fuel Revolution With Submarines

Hugo Chavez, like most socialists, is starting to have paranoid delusions. He seems to think that America, a nation stuck in two middle eastern nations, led by a President who considers Venezuela to be problem number 16 on a 10-item list, is going to invade Venezuela. And the man who cares so much about his […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 6:01 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Foreign Affairs,Military,Socialism
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June 20, 2007

Counterpoint: Sometimes Intervention is Necessary

(Responding to Brad Warbiany’s post here) After reading Brad’s arguments opposed to interventionism, I found many more areas of agreement than I expected. Brad makes the point that he does not favor isolationism or pacifism and points out that force is sometimes justified, though he does not explain the circumstances where he believes force or […]

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June 8, 2007

The D-Day Landing As Reported by Today’s MSM

Hat tip: Boortz

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