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A Welcome Attack on Churchill and Wilson

Book ReviewsWar and Foreign PolicyWorld History

Blog01/19/2021

What seems to me the great strength of Pankaj Mishra's new book is its demonstration that the atrocities of imperial conquest and rule prefigured the horrors of the European wars of the twentieth century and later wars of conquest as well.

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Beware the Troop-Withdrawal Bait and Switch

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Blog01/18/2021

Foreign policy apparatchiks are adept at gaslighting the public into believing they’re bringing troops back home when in reality they’re either shifting troops around or just biding their time until a new round of "boots on the ground."

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When It Comes to National Defense, Bigger Isn't Always Better

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Blog01/18/2021

Many observers of international affairs assume that larger, more populous states are necessarily more powerful. But the reality is wealth and economic development are the most critical factors in securing true military power. 

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A Case for One Billion Americans?

Book ReviewsWar and Foreign Policy

Blog01/16/2021

Matthew Yglesias has managed to turn militant anti-Chinese foreign policy into a call for big increases in government spending, and a lot more immigration.

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The Capitol Riot Wasn’t a Coup. It Wasn't Even Close.

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign PolicyPolitical Theory

Blog01/08/2021

Coups are nearly always acts committed by elites against the sitting executive power using the tools of the elites. It's clear the elites want Trump gone, and Wednesday's riot was no coup. 

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New Perspectives on the Evils of War

Book ReviewsWar and Foreign Policy

Blog12/21/2020

MacMillan's book provides many insights into the true vileness of war, although she strays into some dangerous areas when she accepts the faulty economic notion that wars bring economic benefits through government spending. 

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With a Biden Win, The War Party Will Be Back in Full Force

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Blog11/17/2020

“What is the one thing that brings Republicans and Democrats together?” Rand Paul asked reporters. “War—they love it."

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The Myth of America as a "Reluctant Superpower"

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Blog11/16/2020

In this outstanding study, Stephen Wertheim shows that both views that dominate American foreign policy are wrong. In doing so, he vindicates for our time the merits of a noninterventionist foreign policy.

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On Foreign Policy, Trump Is Still the Lesser Evil

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Blog10/26/2020

The Democrats, Liz Cheney, and the Never Trumpers still want endless wars, and they hate Trump's apparent lack of enthusiasm for embracing their dreams of empire.

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The Trillion-Dollar F-35 Fighter Program Does Not Make Americans Safer

Taxes and SpendingWar and Foreign Policy

Blog10/21/2020

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is not worthy of a massive investment by the taxpayer—especially since the program doesn't make Americans any safer. 

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