Tag: Afghanistan

DOD vs. CIA: Syria Edition »

File this under the category of “I told you so.” In 2014, I wrote a piece on the idea of arming “moderate” Syrian rebels. The threat posed by the Islamic State, known also as ISIL or Deash, led many in Congress and President Obama to call for hundreds of millions of dollars to assist...
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Pay Attention to History »

I recently had the chance to participate in an online seminar for high school debate team students. In preparing for their upcoming competition, they were interested in speaking with an economist about U.S. policy in the Middle East. An online lecture like this was a new experience for me—a very good one. First, I’m...
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The Military’s “Heroes” and the Scourge of Nationalism »

At the airport, one observes an “interesting” composition of human behavior. A recent trip was no exception. Walking into the airport to checkin and check my bag, there was a clearly upset woman at one of the ticket kiosks. She barked at the woman behind the counter (who was assisting someone else) to come help...
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Do Drones Degrade al Qa’ida? »

On April 23, the White House announced that one of their drone strikes had killed two al Qa’ida hostages, one Italian and one American. A few weeks back I discussed the evidence regarding drones and civilian casualties. I argued that, as opposed to being “surgical instruments” capable of eliminating terror groups while minimizing damage to...
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Do Drones Really Reduce Civilian Casualties? »

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as “drones,” have been the subject of heated debate in recent years, especially their role in combat. Without a doubt, the number of air strikes using drones has increased at an astonishing rate. Consider that in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, the U.S. government has launched...
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On U.S. Foreign Policy »

Grave threats over there President’s words will save us He says, bombs away! *** Copies of Kuran Body parts of boys and girls Blood of one and all *** Do unto others . . . But this is a special case Shoot first, sleep soundly

The Fall of Liberty and Human Dignity in American Sniper »

Given the buzz from conservatives touting the film American Sniper‘s homage to Christopher Kyle as a war hero, libertarians may be tempted to sit this movie out. I think they should resist that temptation. This is not a typical “war movie.” In fact, I would argue it’s not a war movie at all: it’s...
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No U.S. Weapons for Countries with Child Soldiers (Oh, You Have a Waiver?) »

As the world observes conflicts in Iraq, Syria, the Ukraine, and elsewhere, the impact on human life is undeniably tragic. Nowhere is this tragedy more pronounced than in the impact of these conflicts have on children. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel, more than 10,000 children have died in...
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Never Forget »

...that 9/11 was successfully carried out because American government agencies with very large budgets, and with more than sufficient spying authority, ignored multiple reports that had been spoon-fed them by their own agents: In a memo from the Phoenix FBI to headquarters, the agents recommended an urgent nationwide review of flight schools “for any...
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Arming Syrian Rebels—Afghanistan Deja Vu? »

Concerns over the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, have continued to grow. Last night, President Obama addressed the nation on the “ISIS threat.” He announced his intentions to provide further assistance to opposition groups. More specifically, he is asking Congress for $500 million to arm and train “moderate Syrian rebels.” The idea...
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