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Tag: Blowback
  • A Ridiculous Defense of Pre-Emptive War

    One day, while passing a group of professors at school, I heard the most ridiculous defense of preemptive war from one of them. Mind you, this argument came after he criticized the United States for waging a war of aggression against Iraq. Anyways, he essentially stated that, “If you find out that someone has it …

  • Jamie Kirchick Does It Again

    Ladies and gentlemen, Jamie Kirchick has done it again. In another remarkable display of partisan hackery, Kirchick (rightly) harangues the Obama administration for not accepting that American policies might be at fault for the Benghazi attack: When riots spread across the Muslim world last month, the administration desperately wanted to believe that the global outpouring …

  • Cheap, Cheap, Cheap

    The Innocence of Muslims. Anyone who is even the least bit informed knows what it is all about: a poorly designed stick used to poke a horribly angry hornet’s nest.  If the makers of that film, a certain “Jimmy Israel” and Nakoula Basseley Nakoula,  should be congratulated for anything, it is their ability to cause a …

  • Blowback in Libya

    Last week, Libyan militants carried out an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that resulted in in the deaths of the American ambassador and three other embassy staff. There is absolutely no justification for these vile murders and the perpetrators should be brought to justice swiftly as possible. That being said, this ugly turn …

  • Here We Go Again…

    Today we learn President Obama is ramping up clandestine support to train and assist the Syrian rebels in their endeavor to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Assad. No one seems to care that this coalition has long been infiltrated by Al Qaeda and other groups who don’t actually share the Western vision of a constitutional, …

  • Soldiers still dying in the Peace Prize winner’s war

    More depressing news out of Afghanistan as Afghans continue to kill each other with American weapons. In the same weekend, an Afghan police officer guns down 10 of his fellow officers and 6 civilians died in a roadside bomb attack, including women and children:  “Women and children were among the victims,” Helmand police spokesman Farid …

  • On Blowback, Austerity and the Looting of Athens

    As a libertarian and a proud foreign policy heretic, I believe in the concept of blowback. Coinciding with the rise of Ron Paul is more widespread acceptance of the idea — that covertly bombing and killing innocent civilians will provoke outrage at the aggressor country, possibly resulting in casualties. There is still much work to …

  • Terrorism: When knowing all the facts becomes taboo

    As a rule, our society does not cheer on those who willfully ignore the information that will help them solve a problem. From a young age, children are taught to gather as many facts as possible before making a decision. Thoroughness and attention to detail are lauded in the workplace. In politics, however, these lessons …

  • Meanwhile in Yemen…

    As all eyes have been on Libya, there have also been large developments in another country we are bombing, Yemen. Just this week protesters took over a military base aided by military defectors, which brought along with it a death toll of over 50 people.  Violence has continued to rise yet it really isn’t clear …

  • What should we expect from Tripoli?

    It would seem that America’s newest war in Libya is supposedly coming to an end as rebels have now entered the capitol city of Tripoli.  So what should America and the rest of the world expect to see from Libya? One thing I think we can safely assume is that, like Iraq and Afganistan, when …