To wrap up this series of notes on the war in Afghanistan, what follows are links to five descriptions of how the United States can win. First up is the link to General McChrystal’s redacted report.Read More
Our military and civilian leaders have a great deal of experience working with local leaders following the experience of the troop surge and counterinsurgency plan in Iraq.Read More
“The fight in Afghanistan is not about nation building or turning a tribal state into Westminster. The goal is to provide enough stability and Afghan support to prevent the country from once again becoming a sanctuary for terrorists who could attack the U.S. In short, this is a fight in our strategic interests.”Read More
Back in September Michael Gerson, former advisor to President George W. Bush wrote a column titled “A Loss of Will in Afghanistan.” In it, he addresses the claim by critics that the war in Afghanistan isn’t winnable.Read More
Lisa Curtis of the Heritage Foundation had this to say about the road forward: “Without American leadership in Afghanistan – the entire civilized world will remain hostage to international terrorists intent on attacking innocents at the times and places of their own choosing.”Read More
Many of us will be voting for a congressional and a U.S. Senate candidate in the Republican primary in just a few months, and one of the pressing issues our representatives will be dealing with is what to do in Afghanistan.
As I wrote on November 11th, this issue is actually like any other issue. It’s the responsibility of our leaders to thoroughly understand what’s at stake – the problem, its cause, and the foundation for the genuine solution.Read More
Last week I put forward the argument that economic and social policies are joined at the hip. The same premise that points at the desirability of limited government recognizes that traditional values must provide the foundation if Americans are going to enjoy a relatively stable society.Read More
To fight – or not to fight. Is the War in Afghanistan a necessary war or not? Barack Obama doesn’t seem to be sure. Was the Iraq War necessary? You’ll find people on both sides of the political divide with different answers.
One thing is certain – and our founders knew it – that mankind was – and is – problematic. And so too are the forces unleashed by the nations that man creates.Read More
There are fewer than 50 days until petitions get filed, and candidates and soon-to-be candidates are everywhere. Also in motion are the politicians who now hold one office but prefer a different one. At least six members of the 22-member GOP caucus in the state senate are seeking to escape that body, either running statewide or for Congress.Read More
Two notable events happened on this day in history. In 1864 Atlanta fell to General Sherman in the Civil War, and in 1939 Germany invaded Poland – starting World War II. The nice thing about history is that it doesn’t go away even if we forget it or ignore it. Important events can serve to remind us about the real world and human nature if we pay attention.Read More
A Wall Street Journal editorial opened with a bang again yesterday as it reported an Obama claim followed by the paper’s total refutation of that claim. In “Dukes of Moral Hazard, Re-default rates are 55%…Read More
The three men with Illinois connections who made it to the White House were born in 1961, 1911, and 1809 – representing a century and a half of American history.Read More
By Andrew C. McCarthy: On the misguided notion of “virtuous” jihad (from “The Dictatorship of Relativism.”)Read More
Recently I watched an old black and white movie – the title escapes me – that opens with a World War I aerial dogfight where one of the pilots keeps checking his watch to see if the war was over yet. In the opening minutes of the film a couple of planes get shot down, men are killed, and then the hour arrives and they cease firing. The combatants salute each other and fly their separate ways.
The events portrayed fictionalize what actually took place ninety years ago today.Read More
Jack Kelly writes that Barack Obama’s attempts at soaring rhetoric include historically false statements. After the North Carolina primary, Obama said this in defense of his intent to meet with America’s enemies without preconditions:
“I trust the American people to understand that it is not weakness, but wisdom to talk not just to our friends, but to our enemies, like Roosevelt did, and Kennedy did, and Truman did.”Read More