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Iraq and Democracy

June 17, 2014 by

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The incomparable Thomas Sowell tackles a basic question: why have we failed in Iraq? We fought a war, at least in part, to overthrow the Iraqi government with the goal of removing it as a threat in the “war on terror.” The U.S. determined that the best way to accomplish this goal in the long-term […]

Obama and the Bergdahl Release

June 2, 2014 by

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President Obama, unfortunately, does not seem all that interested in obeying the law. The list of overt illegality continues to grow and diversify. Beyond immigration and the Affordable Care Act, the President now flouts the law as it relates to military matters. The Obama Administration, through intermediaries, negotiated the release of Bowe Bergdahl, an American prisoner of […]

NSA Reforms Ahead

January 17, 2014 by

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We have more breaking news on the National Security Agency’s data collection programs. On the day that President Obama is set to announce an overhaul of how the Agency stores telephone data,  The Guardian has a story up on the agency’s global collection of text messages. One must assume the two events are related. The Guardian, […]

Changing Perceptions of Government’s Power?

September 24, 2013 by

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Gallup recently released polling data that suggests Americans are becoming more concerned with government’s power. The figure above shows the steady increase in the percent of respondents who see a problem and a similar decline in those who see government as having just the right amount of power. Notice, also, the relatively unchanged number of […]

Study War No More? No, More.

September 19, 2013 by

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Washington, DC, aside from its various political denizens, is always full of opportunities to hear interesting lectures, speeches and debates on myriads of topics.  Last night my daughter and I attended a debate at the Library of Congress entitled “Freedom, Security and America’s Role in the World.”  It was sponsored by the Koch Institute and […]

Random Thoughts

September 7, 2013 by

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Actually I have two topics, one more important and the other just an illustration of how bureaucractic organizations can become pathological or dysfunctional.  So let’s begin with Syria.  My colleague Mark Smith enumerated well the various issues and positions on the question of whether we should use force against Assad’s ruling regime.  It is indeed […]

NSA Audit Reveals Thousands of Privacy Invasions

August 16, 2013 by

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The Washington Post has revealed, via Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency has violated existing privacy restrictions thousands of times during the past five years. Barton Gellman’s work uncovers not only the number, but the types, of incursions. Unsurprisingly, a significant number have been accidental. Given the raw number of searches going on, it is […]