American Military

The Death Of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Was A Great Victory, But...

With Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi dead it is probably safe to leave others to mop-up the scattered remnants of ISIS and hold the territory once occupied by the Islamic State. So, let’s savor the victory, and praise our military, but let’s not fool ourselves into thinking that killing al-Baghdadi ends the war political Islam, and Iran in particular, have declared on the West.

America's Unsustainable Empire

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

How long can we sustain a worldwide empire of dependencies? How many wars of this century — Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen — turned out to have been worth the blood shed and the treasure lost? And what have all the "color-coded revolutions" we have instigated to advance "democracy" done for America? We are hugely overextended today. And conservatives have no higher duty than to seek to bring U.S. war guarantees into conformity with U.S. vital interests and U.S. power.

When Fake News Leads to War

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

“In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.” So said Winston Churchill, the grandmaster of fake news.

Stop Squandering “Defense” Dollars on Rich Allies and Failed States

Capitol Hill hawks want to increase military outlays.  Yet most U.S. "defense" spending goes for rich allies and failed states. Washington should reduce its international responsibilities and then its military outlays accordingly.

Washington Should Back out Of Iraq’s New Civil War

The only serious alternative to fully reentering the war is to step back, making clear that the Islamic State’s neighbors will bear the cost of any further advances.

War is Stupid: Remembering Armistice Day Before Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a reminder of the terrible cost of war, not a celebration of militarism.