Tag: Military
Biden Military Betrays Misguided Priorities
Carlos Del Toro, Joe Biden’s choice for Secretary of the Navy, has four priorities but only one involves protecting the United States from foreign adversaries, the sole legitimate purpose of the U.S. military. The first priority in Del Toro’s “four C’s is China, followed by culture, climate and covid. Del Toro, a failed candidate...
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The Sunk Cost Fallacy in the War on Terror
“Do you want their deaths to mean nothing?!” I’ve heard this argument a lot when discussing ending the perpetual war on terror. In fact, I was asked this precise question while on a recent panel discussing the merits of waging war on “radical Islam.” The idea behind this argument is easy enough to understand....
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MIC America Great Again?
“Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction,” said President Dwight Eisenhower, in his televised farewell address on January 17, 1961. Gen. Eisenhower led the forces that took down Germany’s National Socialist regime and after two terms in office warding...
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Attack on Saudi Oil Facilities: This Isn’t Our Fight
This is an issue between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and the U.S. government should stay out of it. This is not our fight.
Is a National Government Necessary for National Defense?
Gordon Tullock used to taunt anarchists by asserting that if the USA abolished its government, people would not have to worry about the Russians taking over the country because “the Mexicans would get here first.” This little story actually incorporates a common objection to anarchy—namely, the idea that because, if a country abolished its...
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The U.S. Military: The Cost of the Sacred Cow
Criticizing the U.S. Armed Forces is largely taboo. For many, U.S. military programs are a sacred cows, something to be shielded from criticism and any sort of objection. Even those who are usually critical of other forms of government spending and growth balk at the idea of cutting military spending or reducing the U.S....
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Honoring Veterans with Parental Choice in Education
Today we say ‘thank you for your service’ to our veterans willing to sacrifice their lives for our liberties. But we need to back up our words with actions. As the National Military Family Association notes: In today’s all-volunteer force, more than half have families, and as they transition out of the military, these...
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D.C.’s “Missing” Memorial
Washington, D.C. is home to a host of memorials. Walk in any direction for long and you’re bound to run into at least one of them. By far, the memorial that generates the strongest reaction from me is the Vietnam memorial. The name of all the U.S. casualties are chiseled on the wall, from...
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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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