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Stockman: Bombing Iraq into the 21st Century

Posted on September 3, 2014

Washington’s strategy in Iraq is in shambles, but not just because America’s spanker-in-chief is really a wimp at heart. The problem is far more generic. To wit, the geographic territory of Iraq is not a nation; it is an arbitrary series of lines on a map drawn 100 years ago by dandies in the foreign […]

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ISIS Is Internet Savvy.

Written by Gary North on September 1, 2014

A Los Angeles Times story reports on how well organized ISIS is with respect to the Internet. It gets it story to its target audiences. Today, media-savvy militants in Iraq and Syria post graphic photos and slick recruitment videos on Facebook and Twitter, and even developed a now-defunct Android smartphone app that would automatically tweet […]

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Rescuing “Hitler”: Obama’s Bailout of Assad

Written by Gary North on August 26, 2014

Syria’s Assad is like Hitler. So said Secretary of State John Kerry in September 2013. Now the U.S. government is about to bail him out in his civil war against ISIS. Three decades ago Saddam Hussein was an ally of the USA. Then the USA declared war on him. Twice. He became “Hitler.” It’s odd. […]

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Obama Bloviates on ISIS. Then He Goes Golfing.

Written by Gary North on August 22, 2014

On August 20, as news hit about ISIS’s execution of journalist Jim Foley, President Obama gave a speech at Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. He said the following. “Good afternoon, everybody. Today, the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL.” The President referred to ISIS as ISIL. “Jim […]

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More Bad News from Afghanistan

Posted on August 6, 2014

Civilians increasingly find themselves under fire as the 2001 U.S.-led war draws to a close, as Afghan forces take the lead in operations targeting the Taliban. The civilian death toll in the war in Afghanistan rose 17 percent for the first half of this year, the United Nations reported in July. The U.N. said 1,564 […]

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Missing After World War I: The Tomb of the Unknown Civilian

Posted on July 28, 2014

By Richard Cosgrove On 28 July, 1914, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia and set in motion the events that led one week later to the clash of nations that became World War I. This conflict caused casualties in unprecedented numbers, with the final total of deaths approximately 17 million. The roster of battles […]

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Stockman on World War I: 30 Days to Disaster

Posted on June 30, 2014

One hundred years ago the world was shook loose of its moorings. Every schoolboy knows that the assassination of the archduke of Austria at Sarajevo was the trigger that incited the bloody, destructive conflagration of the world’s nations known as the Great War. But this senseless eruption of unprecedented industrial state violence did not end with the armistice four years later. In fact, […]

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Professor Tyler Cowen Wants the Pentagon to Break a Few Windows. Do You?

Written by Gary North on June 17, 2014

I begin with a statement. Would you say it sounds Keynesian? The continuing slowness of economic growth in high-income economies has prompted soul-searching among economists. They have looked to weak demand, rising inequality, Chinese competition, over-regulation, inadequate infrastructure and an exhaustion of new technological ideas as possible culprits.An additional explanation of slow growth is now […]

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