When Military Leaders Have Reckless Disregard for the Truth | The American Conservative

April 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

To borrow from the British definition of an ambassador, United States military leaders are honest soldiers promoted in rank to champion war with reckless disregard for the truth. This practice persists despite the catastrophic waste of lives and money because the untruths are never punished. Congress needs to correct this problem forthwith.

General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, exemplifies the phenomenon. As reported in The Washington Post, Dunford recently voiced optimism about defeating the Afghan Taliban in the seventeenth year of a trillion-dollar war that has multiplied safe havens for international terrorists, the opposite of the war’s original mission. While not under oath, Dunford insisted, “This is not another year of the same thing we’ve been doing for 17 years. This is a fundamentally different approach…[T]he right people at the right level with the right training [are in place]…”

Source: When Military Leaders Have Reckless Disregard for the Truth | The American Conservative

In John Bolton, Trump Gains the Swamp | The American Conservative

April 7, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

But that complicating fact may no longer matter since Bolton now enjoys the enthusiastic backing of President Trump. And so those who voted for Trump and those who until five minutes ago were denouncing him as a loose cannon can at least agree that Trump is a fine fellow for appointing Bolton and also for giving us Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Even Trump hater Rich Lowry gushed with praise over Trump’s wisdom in appointing Bolton. In a National Review editorial, Lowry bestowed on the new national security advisor the endorsement of his Never Trump publication, explaining: “All his critics call him a neocon but he’s a hard-headed realist.”

Source: In John Bolton, Trump Gains the Swamp | The American Conservative

Ralph Peters: The Man Too Militaristic for Fox News | The American Conservative

March 26, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

Intelligence agencies, as Peters’ letter suggests, are beyond reproach because they help root out the traitors in our midst. Raising doubts about the veracity of an intelligence chief, moreover, jeopardizes the functioning of Peters’ America, which requires a powerful centralized state and unquestioning obedience to power. What distinguishes this arrangement from a fascist regime is the purpose for which it exists. Unlike the fascist state, which preserves and expands the historic nation, neoconservative Peters views the U.S. as a propositional nation that incorporates and spreads democracy and equality. Because of this lofty mission, which makes us exceptional, we are also allowed to play games that are forbidden to other countries. In fact, we would be guilty of “moral relativism,” warned Peters, if we failed to use nuclear weapons against North Korea during a military crisis.

Source: Ralph Peters: The Man Too Militaristic for Fox News | The American Conservative

No, Putin Isn’t Bluffing on Nukes | The American Conservative

March 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

Earlier this month in his State of the Nation address to the Russian legislature, President Vladimir Putin unveiled several new strategic weapons designed to nullify any missile defense shield the United States has deployed, is currently deploying, or will seek to deploy in the next 10 to 15 years.

Putin said these new Russian weapons were necessitated by former president George W. Bush’s 2002 decision to unilaterally withdraw from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) treaty, thereby beginning a process that has led to the deployment of ballistic missile defenses on American territory, in Europe, and in Asia. He proclaimed that “Russia’s growing military power is a solid guarantee of global peace as this power preserves and will preserve strategic parity and the balance of forces in the world, which, as is known, have been and remain a key factor of international security after WWII and up to the present day.”

Source: No, Putin Isn’t Bluffing on Nukes | The American Conservative

Nunes vs. Schiff and the Allegory of the Cave | The American Conservative

February 27, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The major differences between Nunes and Schiff in their dueling memoranda revolve around the propriety of the FISA process as applied to Carter Page. Nunes, supported by Grassley, contends that the FISA warrant targeting Page was heavily politicized, making extensive, if not nearly exclusive, use of information derived from the work of Steele, who had been contracted by Fusion GPS to gather opposition research on Trump for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary for America. Moreover, Nunes contends the FBI went out of its way to shield specific details of the origins of the Steele research, noting that the FBI agent in charge of the FISA warrant process and underlying counterintelligence investigation into Russian collusion, Peter Strzok, demonstrated bias against Donald Trump in texts with paramour Lisa Page, a DOJ lawyer who was working on the Trump investigation. According to Nunes, the entire FISA warrant process showed Page’s constitutionally-protected civil rights were being violated in the name of partisan politics.

Source: Nunes vs. Schiff and the Allegory of the Cave | The American Conservative

Why the ‘Case Against Education’ Won’t Fly | The American Conservative

February 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

George Mason professor of economics Bryan Caplan does not relegate controversial thoughts to footnotes.His most recent book, The Case Against Education: Why the Educational System is a Waste of Time and Money, and an essay on the same theme in The Atlantic, “The World Might Be Better off Without College for Everyone,” make unmistakably clear what he thinks about our “glut of sheepskin credentials.” Caplan never hides his views about how worthless he thinks college is as a rite of passage for most students. And the journalistic establishment cannot dismiss him as a grumpy reactionary.

Source: Why the ‘Case Against Education’ Won’t Fly | The American Conservative

National Review Finally Gets It Right on Stop-and-Frisk | The American Conservative

January 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

When it comes to the Second Amendment, conservatives insist that despite liberal arguments that more gun control will prevent firearm violence, the constitutional rights of citizens cannot be infringed upon.Conservatives are right.

Source: National Review Finally Gets It Right on Stop-and-Frisk | The American Conservative

In the Russian Collusion Debate, Who’s Fooling Who? | The American Conservative

January 8, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Mr. Steele was contracted by Fusion GPS sometime after June 17; less than three days later, he was able to produce a report that made use of no fewer than seven named senior sources, as well as making use of a “company ethnic Russian operative” to conduct an investigation inside Russia. This time frame is unrealistically short, suggesting that Steele himself was spoon fed a pre-packaged storyline—in short, “Kremlin disinformation.” Seen in this light, the Papadopoulos story is more about a Russian campaign to neutralize a future American president as part of its ongoing effort to undermine American power and prestige than it is about collusion between this candidate and Russia to get him elected. That the FBI, and others, would rely on such information to actively undermine the legitimacy of a duly elected American president remains a topic which Republicans in Congress would do well to continue to investigate.

Source: In the Russian Collusion Debate, Who’s Fooling Who? | The American Conservative

Right-wing Celebrities Play Fast and Loose With History | The American Conservative

December 27, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

 

A new anthology of the writings of intellectual historian David Gordon contains a devastating review of Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism. Reading it reminded me how bad GOP propaganda dressed up as “history” can really be.

Source: Right-wing Celebrities Play Fast and Loose With History | The American Conservative

Propaganda Aiming to Prove Iran Supplied Missiles Backfires | The American Conservative

December 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

On December 12, America’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, gave a press conference on the grounds of Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. The subject of this briefing: the threat posed by Iranian-supplied missiles employed by the Houthi rebels of Yemen in their ongoing fight against a Saudi Arabian-led coalition.

Source: Propaganda Aiming to Prove Iran Supplied Missiles Backfires | The American Conservative

Bitcoin: The Most Impressive Speculative Bubble In Modern History | The American Conservative

December 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

In August of 2008, a paper entitled “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System” was released on an academic listserve by somebody called “Satoshi Nakamoto.”  The paper described an electronic, public system for transferring “value” from one participant to another without a bank or other type of intermediary. The security for clearing these public transactions came from industrial strength cryptography, which effectively makes each bitcoin trade more costly to validate than the last.

Source: Bitcoin: The Most Impressive Speculative Bubble In Modern History | The American Conservative

The Nuke ‘Treaty That Ended the Cold War’ is Unraveling | The American Conservative

December 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

While speaking at the Wilson Center on Nov. 29, Christopher Ford, the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Weapons of Mass Destruction and Counterproliferation on the National Security Council, made a bold move. He revealed, for the first time publicly, the name of the Russian missile system the United States has claimed is in violation of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

Source: The Nuke ‘Treaty That Ended the Cold War’ is Unraveling | The American Conservative


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