Kagan’s False Paradox and the Pro-War Media’s Confirmation Bias

“What Americans really want in a foreign policy” is a good choice of title, when writing an op-ed that effectively denies that the majority of the US public is against more wars and more interventions. If your starting point is an absolute and essentialist one, then you cannot allow deviation from war as the primary… Read More Kagan’s False Paradox and the Pro-War Media’s Confirmation Bias

The “Arab Spring” and the Seduction of the Western Left

Hosni Mubarak has been released from prison, the Egyptian Army is back in charge – this time with the support of most Egyptians, who could no longer endure the chaos their elected Muslim Brotherhood government had inflicted on them. In Syria, the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies are in full military retreat – the government… Read More The “Arab Spring” and the Seduction of the Western Left

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr: Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, 04 April 1967

By Rev. Martin Luther King 4 April 1967 Speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City I come to this magnificent house of worship tonight because my conscience leaves me no other choice. I join with… Read More Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr: Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, 04 April 1967

Counterinsurgency: It’s Bloody Horrible

COUNTER-COUNTERINSURGENCY: You’ve heard the criticisms. You’ve read the book. Now see the movie. These are some of my favourite lines: counterinsurgency: it’s like a wild horse, only you bet on it; counterinsurgency involves a thousand small healing steps; the manual can never be wrong, only the practice; cultural knowledge for the military: it’s so basic… Read More Counterinsurgency: It’s Bloody Horrible