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Tag: Somalia
  • Speaking out against Drones

    The moments of September 11th were daunting, terrifying to the soul of the American heartland. Picture the apocalyptic scenes of horror: the dark, menacing black clouds of pungent smoke spreads to limitless boundaries, the symbol of America’s economic might collapsing unforgivingly in the streets of Manhattan, the military stealth of this country becoming vulnerable as the plane …

  • A short and incomplete summary of why our foreign policy cannot continue as it has for the last decade.

    As is now (hopefully) increasingly common knowledge, our numerous occupations in the Middle East and Africa were not sparked by those countries attacking us.  Rather, with the possible exception of the War in Afghanistan — which has lasted an outrageously long time with huge costs of both blood and treasure, our 5+ wars are unwarranted …

  • One More War: Why the Hell Not?

    Cross posted at the Antiwar.com blog. Come and check it out! A new expose from the Nation by Jeremy Scahill detailing the CIA’s same, old dirty tricks is certainly troubling. Candidate Obama assured the American public that extrajudicial actions by the CIA and Defense Department were a thing of the past. Transparency, much like hope and …

  • Knocking Down Strawmen

    I’m sure many of you, minarchist and anarchist alike, have been unfairly labeled as “wanting to institute a Somalia style situtation” in America simply for wanting less regulation. Here is a great interview clip with Pete Leeson of George Mason University addressing this strawman argument that always seems to arise.

  • Somalian Blowback

    The NY Times reported today that Somalia has been experiencing more violent turmoil as its Shabab militant group has continued the exponential harassment of local populations “to turn Somalia into a seventh-century-style Islamic state.” What was extremely troubling, however, was “the American military providing intelligence and logistical support” for the Somali government. Although Shabab is …

  • Haiti: the next Somalia?

    Today the French government accused the United States of occupying Haiti with military forces. While I certainly wouldn’t trust the French government any more than I would the United States government, I find it hard to believe Bob Gates’ defense of the US presence within Haiti.  See, this isn’t the first time that the United …

  • Obama vows to bring “every element” of U.S. power against terrorists. Great.

    Speaking in response to the recent terror attacks, the president said: “We will not rest until we find all who were involved and hold them accountable.” “We will continue to use every element of our national power to disrupt, to dismantle and defeat the violent extremists who threaten us, whether they are from Afghanistan or …

  • US Invades Somalia

    Thanks to Antiwar.com for the coverage — I’ve barely seen this mentioned anywhere else; even Google News is burying it among the lesser headlines. Following confirmation by the French military that they definitely weren’t in the process of invading Somalia, the United States military is now confirming that it is, in fact, American forces that …

  • Somalia’s Problem: Too Much Government?

    Big government supporters have been quick to point to Somalia as what happens when government is relinquished and the free market is allowed to run wild. Well as it turns out, these big government supporters are not paying attention to history (surprise, surprise). Go here to read Jesse Walker’s article for Reason Magazine discussing the bloody …

  • W’s Hand-Me-Downs

    The similarity between the ideas motivating Mr. Obama’s foreign policy of “change” and that of his predecessor has become apparent even to GQ, which apparently does more than inform men of how many buttons should be on their suits and what George Clooney has for breakfast: …[D]espite the rhetoric about changing course, so much of …