“Right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must…knowing that you and everybody else, having the same power as we have, would do the same as we do,” state the Athenians in Thucydides famous Melian Dialogue section of his History of the Peloponnesian War.… [Read more]
Being against the usage of unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as “drones,” for any situation with no exceptions is, to be frank, idiotic and pointless.
UAVs are more precise than conventional weaponry at reducing civilian casualties. They also intrinsically prevent the loss of American military life in combat.
To be anti-drone in our time is tantamount to being anti-tank or anti-fighter jet during the early 20th century.… [Read more]
Daniel Pipes, president of the Middle East Forum, and the tyrannical theocracy of Iran may not agree on a lot of things. Pipes may even style himself an opponent to the very existence of the velayat-e faqih regime. But there is one important thing the two parties do agree on – that the brutal Assad regime of Syria is currently worth supporting.… [Read more]
Is Kim Jong-un crazy enough to do it? That question seems to be on the mind of both professional pundits and average bantering citizens. The potential for nuclear war, or just war in general, in Asia all lies in the hands of this mysterious, possibly unstable 30-year-old dictator, according to most.
But is this picture accurate?… [Read more]
Our culture and our time blind us all to some extent—some more than others, yet no one is exempt. Often we assume that the ways things are now and in this particular culture is how humans have always behaved throughout the globe. Many speak as if humans always organized within and understood the concept of centralized nation-states, that capitalism was always the dominant economic societal structure, that marriage was always a romantic relationship between a consenting adult male and a consenting adult woman.… [Read more]
As we pass the 10th anniversary of the American overthrow of the Saddam Hussein regime, it seems the mainstream media has temporarily awoken from its longstanding coma regarding Iraq coverage. Yet the coverage still focuses on the wrong issues — rehashing the crimes of the past or dabbling in ridiculous counterfactuals instead of addressing what is happening in the country right now.… [Read more]
The old adage “generals always fight the last war, especially if they’ve won it” applies not only to the military and war, but to almost all aspects of human conflict and interaction, such as diplomacy. Paradigms often change right underneath the noses of so-called “experts” or policymakers.
In regards to foreign policy, in the late ’90s, while everyone was staring through the prism of the Soviet-U.S.… [Read more]
Al Jazeera: When many Americans hear that name a nefarious image comes to mind. Adjectives like anti-American, antisemitic, jihadist, and terrorism spring about the fearful American psyche. And boy were we reminded of this within the past few months.
For example, during Defense Secretary Nominee Chuck Hagel’s confirmation hearing, the brainless and spineless wonder Sen. Ted Cruz chastised the former moderate Republican senator and Purple-Heart-recipient for speaking ill of the United States during a 2009 interview on Al Jazeera, a network the moronic Cruz described as “a foreign network, broadcasting propaganda to nations that are hostile to us.”
To clarify, the grave sin Hagel committed in Cruz’s simple mind was his nuanced agreement with a caller on the Al Jazeera program that the United States is often perceived as a bully and that this perception should be altered in order to improve U.S.-Middle East relations.… [Read more]
The Bush administration lied about key evidence pertaining to Iraq’s WMD program and the Hussein government’s links to Al Qaeda. It exaggerated the dangers and strength of both. And it played on people’s fears as a means of justifying war and regime change.
As the vast amount of evidence points, all of these faults are more than clear, as Rachel Maddow revisited in her recent special “Hubris: Selling the Iraq War.” But as I watched this special and was reminded of the various lies and tragic blunders that surrounded the Iraq War, I was left with an array of different questions.… [Read more]
As I watched Marco Rubio bat down strawmen during his response to the State of the Union address last night all I kept thinking was “this is ridiculous.” The man suggested that President was somehow anti-capitalist despite President Obama’s continued commitment to finding solutions that partner both public and private actors, with the latter taking the dominant lead.… [Read more]
Anwar Al-Awlaqi was a barbarian. There is no doubt about that. He ascribed to a hateful, militant Qutbist ideology that regarded non-Muslims, women, and all who did not hold similar extreme views as expendable, subhuman pawns. Awlaqi had no qualms about mujahedeen killing civilians, be they men, women, or children. And there is ample evidence to show involvement, at various levels, with the Fort Hood shooting and the “Underwear Bomber.” In addition, he demanded the death of various “infidels,” such as Molly Norris, through his online sermons.… [Read more]
“Dirty” Harry Callahan had his .44 Magnum while James Bond preferred the sleeker Walther PPK. John Rambo and Tony Montana preferred larger automatics—the M60 E3 and M16 respectively. Omar Little and Ash Williams touted shotguns. And countless other action icons wield some type of Glock as their go-to firearm.
For decades now, possessing the bigger and badder gun has been a sign of toughness in American culture, most often associated with “manliness.” Real men not only own guns, they own the biggest, most effective ones; they master their uses; they fetishize them.… [Read more]
While Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s impassioned back-and-forth with Senators Ron Johnson and John McCain were the highlights of her testimony during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s hearing on the 2012 Benghazi attack for most media outlets, my attention was drawn to another portion of the hearing.
During his questioning of Clinton, Ranking Committee Member Sen.… [Read more]
Gun ownership is the only thing that stands between us innocent citizens and a government with the potential to turn tyrannical at any moment—or so the gun lobby would have you believe.
As the argument usually goes, the citizenry needs access to semi-automatic and automatic weapons in order to protect itself if the government decides to violently subjugate its own people.… [Read more]
Cable news is a joke. Although I see clips from various cable news shows every now and again, I stopped regularly watching the useless garbage years ago.
While cable news possesses numerous faults, one of my main criticisms sprang to mind after coming across the always-conspiratorial Alex Jones on the inexplicably-existent Piers Morgan Show — that criticism being that most of these pundits treat political, social, and economic issues with sensationalism and oversimplification rather than with the seriousness and in-depth analysis they deserve.… [Read more]
With news of a possible step forward in Afghan peace negotiations after the release of Taliban-affiliated prisoners, one can’t help but ask—is the possible normalization of relations between the West and various Afghan insurgent groups truly a step towards further human progress?
The term “moderate” is often bandied about in various articles and news reports when talking about Afghan peace negotiations.… [Read more]
As much as I cringe whenever I hear someone spout that “all politics is local,” this clichéd idiom often rings true. Microanalyses of regional and societal happenings are indispensable. Yet this advice sometimes wrongly plays the role of replacement to macroanalyses rather than complement. While in-depth reports on specific countries or regions are important, ignoring regional context can often be disastrous, especially in areas, like the Middle East, where ethnic, religious, ideological, and economic identities readily cross state borders.… [Read more]
You’ve probably heard the argument before. Criminals will always find ways to obtain guns. When the government enacts gun control it takes weapons away from the law-abiding, leaving them defenseless. Therefore, an increase in responsible gun ownership is an increase in societal security.
Now let’s assume for a moment that this argument is free of holes and fully supported by the majority of evidence.… [Read more]