Is provoking wars an American tradition?

The USS Maine It seems to me that there’s an accepted narrative when it comes to history and current events that involve our nation. The theme that cuts across both is the idea that we’ve only entered wars for noble causes like the defense of freedom or to promote democracy.  These are vague and innocuous phrases that reduce the reasons for going to war into simple terms that one is supposed not to question unless he’s prepared to be accused... Read More

Clarity on the deficit and the so called debt crisis

  There’s a saying in business that one can not manage what he’s not measuring and he is certain to mismanage what he refuses to measure properly. Let me ask you a question.  If you’re working somewhere, it’s likely that you have a 401(k) or a 403(b) type of savings plan for retirement.  If you do, would you consider it a wise move to raid your retirement contributions to fund your everyday living expenses?  Yes, people... Read More

Can We Cut Military Spending by $ 1.0 trillion?

The Obama administration’s deficit commission is due to report out on its recommendations to put the US on firm financial footing, but apparently some don’t like the trial balloons they’re seeing.  Conventional wisdom points to entitlements and the old bogeyman, welfare, being the major problems when it’s actually military appropriations that are sucking up the tax dollars.   The reason that social security and Medicare... Read More

James Madison on war and the threat to public liberty

A jumble of thoughts here after reading an article last week about China’s missile development. I can’t deny that there’s often wisdom in the words of America’s founding fathers, but I find it difficult to embrace the founders fully.  This is so because many of the nation’s founders along with twelve of America’s presidents were slave owners.   As a result, there’s a glaring inconsistency between what they said and... Read More

The End of Pax Americana: Courtesy of the Military Industrial Complex

      (The above diagram is courtesy of Todd Boyle  of Rosehill Antiwar and the Rosehill Policy Institute) By my count, there are at least three variants of  conservative thought here in the US when it comes to foreign policy: The moral majority type of conservative.  These people appear to be more concerned with moral issues and tend to support a war-like foreign policy.  The religious right would be a good example... Read More

More thoughts on healthcare and the republicans

  Sometimes when there is a lot of hollering and shouting in an attempt to pull one’s focus to the right, you’d better look left to see what you’re missing.  When someone is trying to divert your attention, there’s always something they’re pulling your attention from. This is what I think about when I think of the republican party.  The healthcare debate is yet another issue in a long line of wedge issues they’ve created to polarize... Read More

Who says war doesn't pay and pay well?

This article is from the UK Times.  It’s about Blackwater, a security firm which our government contracted with for security services in Iraq. Apparently the CEO was a CIA operative and it looks like the CIA was outsourcing a few things to Blackwater as well.  There has been a bit of controversy surrounding Blackwater in Iraq owing to its reckless killing of civilians and subsequent attempts at bribery of Iraqi officials to silence their criticism. There’s... Read More

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