Foreign/Defense Policy

Notes on the War in Iraq: Examples of things that libertarians and liberals explain away

By John Biver

“Some people think wars are no longer necessary. There has always been a utopian strain in both Western thought from the time of Plato’s “Republic” and the practice of state socialism. But the technological explosion of the last 20 years has made life so long and so good, that many now believe our mastery of nature must extend to human nature as well.”

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Notes on the War in Iraq: The good news cannot be ignored

By John Biver

September and October 2007 were not good months for those who believe the people in the Middle East are barbarians who should be left to their own devices. In other words, they believe that the war can’t be won, and the nation of Iraq will never be anything other than a breeding ground for people who wish to rule through bloodshed and terror.

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Notes on the War in Iraq: Where things stand as of November 2007

By John Biver

“Opponents say the war’s proponents seek to sustain the illusion that Iraq is central to the war on terrorism. They might want to consult with Islamic terrorists on this matter. After all, it is Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri (the top two leaders of al Qaeda) who have declared Iraq to be precisely that.”

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Notes on the War in Iraq: Why it’s difficult and taking so long

By John Biver

“Ours is the first generation of Americans that thinks it can demand perfection in war. Our present leisure, wealth, and high technology fool us into thinking that we are demi-gods always able to trump both human and natural disasters. Accordingly, we become frustrated that we cannot master every wartime obstacle, as we seem otherwise to be able to do with computers or cosmetic surgery.”

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Notes on the War in Iraq: What is Going Right

By John Biver

“Deposing the Taliban regime still remains the single most important blow that has been struck against the terrorists. And virtually no one could have predicted that a half-decade after the attacks on September 11th, we would not have been hit again. Such things don’t happen by chance.”

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Notes on the War in Iraq: What went wrong

By John Biver

“To solve the mystery of the Iraq War you have to explain how a brilliantly executed invasion turned into a messy counterinsurgency struggle. Part of the explanation, at least, is a lack of troops, a fault for which the Defense Department has been responsible.”

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Notes on the War in Iraq: Since the terrorists target public opinion, so should we

By John Biver

“There is a lot of discussion about the political dynamic in Iraq, but the political dynamic here at home is just as problematic. The United States is at war, and yet our biggest challenge in foreign policy isn’t what’s going on in Iraq. It’s dealing with domestic public opinion here at home that is influenced by the generation that came of age in the 1960s as well as by political celebrities.”

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