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  • US Foreign Policy: The Definition of Insanity

    On Thursday, President Barack Obama announced airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria, becoming the 4th consecutive president to announce the bombing of Iraq. He made no mention that it was likely the United States’ intervention in 2003 that facilitated ISIS’s rise to power, as Senator Rand Paul noted in a recent interview with …

  • Our Obsession with Iraq Highlights our Blind Spot for Saudi Arabia

    All we hear about now is how dangerous ISIS is to the United States and how we must start a new war in Iraq to defeat them.  Let’s compare ISIS, the current Iraqi Government, and Saddam’s Iraqi government to Saudi Arabia. Which entity is the primary financier of Al Qaeda? Saudi Arabia “Saudi donors remain …

  • If only there were someone to lead Iraq

    Let me begin by sharing my background. I am a combat veteran of Iraq, having spent less than a week shy of a full year deployed from May 2005 to May 2006.  I served on a Personal Security Detail for my Battalion Commander in the area historically known as the “Triangle of Death” between the …

  • Consider the Following: The Case for Not Withdrawing Forces in Foreign Intervention

    Note: This blog post argues under the lens of a Devil’s Advocate and does not reflect the views of the writer, Richard Pham, or YAL as an organization. Counter-arguments, critiques, questions, or comments are highly encouraged. A Personal Story Hundreds of protesters shouted at the video-store owner as he walked toward his store in embarrassment, …

  • Entangling Alliances, Part 1

    This is the first of a four-part essay series hosted here on the YAL blog which will address the alliances between the US government and sponsors of international terrorism. Stay tuned for the next three parts, which will publish daily this week. Recent events in Iraq have created a furor in the media and have …

  • A Letter on Syria

    Dear fellow Americans, Perhaps like many of you, I have spent a great amount of time in the past few weeks piecing together information from various sources in attempt to make sense of the horrific attack in Syria with chemical weapons in late August of this year. The commander-in-chief has called out to our consciences to take …

  • What is War without Limbless Children?

    Britain unites with smaller countries to block the United States’ bid to legalize civilian-maiming cluster bombs: A coalition of countries including Britain on Friday defeated an attempt by the US, Russia, China and Israel to get an international agreement approving the continued use of cluster bombs. The weapons, which have been used in Iraq, Afghanistan …

  • Anti-War Protest at Michigan State University

    On March 21st 2011, the day after the 8th year anniversary of the Iraq War and the interestingly coincidental beginning of U.S. involvement in Libya, the Michigan State University Chapter of Young Americans for Liberty hosted a protest of U.S. foreign interventionism.  We read the names of all those killed in the U.S. invasion of …

  • The Persecution of Iraqi Christians

    This is a bit off topic amid all the blogs about student activism; however, I feel as if many people in our media underestimate the magnitude of this problem.   Since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the Christian population has significantly decreased. Before the invasion, there were 1.5 million Iraqi Christians, and now the number …

  • How do we know when WikiLeaks has it wrong?

    EDIT: This post is not calling into question the video discussed elsewhere on the YALiberty blog. How do we know when WikiLeaks has it wrong? Bonnie’s post has me thinking of the circumstances around which I first learned of WikiLeaks. Sometime after I was initiated into a fraternity, I learned that its Ritual had been …