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Liberty and Tyranny

I recently encountered an childhood friend. We started talking politics, and it turns out that our thoughts politically have developed in very different directions. In keeping with the grand tradition of proxy war, we each agreed to choose a book for the other to read and comment on. He told me to read Liberty and [...]

The Presidential Debate 1

I have to admit, I was more impressed with McCain than I had expected to be. He definitely has a clear vision of what he believes is best for the nation. It seems hard to argue that if he is elected, he would continue the same type of aggressively stupid leadership that Bush pioneered. Luckily, [...]

The Death of Posse Comitatus

Definition of Posse Comitatus: The Act prohibits most members of the federal uniformed services from exercising nominally state law enforcement police or peace officer powers that maintain “law and order” on non-federal property. However, the Army Times reports: The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in [...]

The Importance of Diversity

My little brother recently wrote about an article which argues that western culture has gone too far in accepting and promoting diversity, and the acceptance of other cultures. On the one hand, I am forced to agree with this guy on some points: not all worldviews have equal merit, and some are simply better than [...]

Happy Headlines

I can’t help but like it when the news tends to support my positions, politically and otherwise. Iraq’s politicians want a specific US withdrawal date before they’ll agree to any Status of Forces Agreement. I applaud this! We need such an agreement for the presence of US forces in Iraq to remain legal past the [...]

The stories soldiers tell

We on hold are required to sit in place all day. We have no duties other than to be here, and perform miscellaneous tasks as assigned. In the last five weeks, we have received exactly one such task, which took us all of two hours. Some of us read, some play computer games, some watch [...]

No good will come of staying in Iraq

One of the worst things about living in a representative democracy is that when you become fed up with your representatives, it can take ages to actually change them out. The citizens of the US have wanted for years to get out of Iraq. The citizens of Iraq want to know when we’ll leave. The [...]

There is no such thing as “unintended consequences”

Why do I hear people decrying the invasion of Iraq as a merciless opportunistic grab for oil in one breath, and then complain about the high price of gas in the next? Do they even hear themselves? We have invaded Iraq with the stated intention of effecting a regime change. Nowhere except the accusations of [...]

the first step towards constructive debate

Someone disagrees with my opinions about Iraq, in an interesting way.

Consequences of an Immediate Withdrawal

Let’s say that the US decides to stop suffering casualties in the Middle East, decides that maybe the Iraquis can stand up for themselves and rule themselves in a sensible manner. Let’s say that by June 30, there were no more US soldiers there at all. That it was decided that the UN could step [...]