Tag: Afghanistan

Juan Cole at the University of Alabama Tonight on Liberty and Power and the Middle East »

Juan Cole, the great historian and the author of the “to go to” blog on the contemporary Middle East, Informed Comment, will speak tonight at the University of Alabama on the timely topic of “Liberty, Power, and Dictatorship: U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East.” His speech, which is the most recent installment of...
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This Week in The Lighthouse: Road to Recovery | Nobel Prize | Obama’s Wars | Runaway Defense Spending »

Why won’t Obama’s $50 billion plan for transportation infrastructure fix the problems that road users consider to be the highest priorities? How different would Latin America be today had its political economy resembled Mario Vargas Llosa’s approach to literature? What does Bob Woodward’s latest book tell us about the Obama administration’s approach to the...
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This Week’s Lighthouse: Obama’s New Stimulus | The Old West | Afghanistan | Ecuador »

Why would another federal “stimulus” package fail to promote long-term economic growth? How violent was the American West? What hidden strengths do the Taliban have in common with the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War? What are we to make of last week’s police protest in Ecuador? Learn the answers to these questions by...
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What If This Were Bush? »

It goes without saying that if Bush had presided over a phony end to the Iraq war, expanded the Afghanistan war, extended its reach into Pakistan, solidified the state secrets doctrine and claimed in no uncertain terms the right to assassinate American citizens without due process, the left would be up in arms. The...
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Mosques, Book Burnings, Collectivism and War Worship »

The Cordoba House Islamic community center, scheduled for construction on private land within a few blocks of where the Twin Towers once stood, has drawn ire from many Americans, many of whom have provocatively called it the “Ground Zero Mosque” and have condemned it as offensive, and many of whom have called on the...
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This Week in The Lighthouse: Obamacare, Renewable Energy, Ground Zero Mosque, Counterinsurgency Strategy »

Time for a pop quiz. What does Alvaro Vargas Llosa think about efforts to block the so-called Ground Zero mosque? What does Ivan Eland think U.S. foreign-policy leaders can learn from the military’s counterinsurgency operations? What does Dominick Armentano think about the prospects of the state lawsuits against Obamacare? What does S. Fred Singer...
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This Week in The Lighthouse: Economic Recovery, Double-Taxing Energy, Afghanistan, Bullfighting »

This week’s Lighthouse (available online here) deals with a wide variety of topics, including economic recovery (Robert Higgs), double-taxation of income of gas and oil producers (William F. Shughart II), Afghanistan (Ivan Eland), and bullfighting in Spain (Alvaro Vargas Llosa). Links to the individual items appear below: 1. How to Revive a Stagnant Economy...
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Charles Pena on CNBC, Explaining the Afghanistan Quagmire »

Independent Institute Senior Fellow Charles Peña interviewed on CNBC’s Insana Quotient with Ron Insana about the McChrystal fallout and its significance for the Obama administration. Peña further illustrates the quagmire that exists in the U.S mission in Afghanistan and challenges the public to consider the true relevancy behind the changing of command. Does it matter...
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Michael Steele Gets It Right »

The talking heads on both left and right (notably William Kristol) are dumping on Michael Steele for his recent comments on the Afghan War. He may well be forced out as RNC chair or, at the very least, compelled to apologize for his alleged “gaffe.” It would be a shame if Steele lost his...
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Robert Higgs’s Recent Interview by Libertad Digital (here in English) »

I was interviewed recently by Angel Martin for Libertad Digital, an interesting Spanish website. The interview was posted today. Topics discussed include the recent financial debacle, the current recession, the government’s recent policy actions, and several related, more general subjects, such as “regime uncertainty” and U.S. foreign policy. For those who might be interested...
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