Afghanistan Rules of Engagement Endanger American Soldiers

This is the most disturbing account I’ve read in some time regarding America’s rules of engagements in the on-going conflict in Afghanistan. From the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights: I’ve argued in Winning the Unwinnable War and in talks around the country that this policy is self-crippling and morally perverse. And the policy is […]

The BP Coffee Spill Video: Why it’s Not Funny

I didn’t find the video funny in the first place, so I guess I’m off the hook on this one. But The Crucible explains why the Internet video parodying BP attempts to plug the oil leak isn’t funny for those who might have chuckled after their first viewing. Essentially, The Crucible points out that the […]

Greeks Demand Sacrifice

Greece, once the cradle of modern civilization, has stumbled lately with an economic fiasco brought about largely by a failing welfare (read: altruist/collectivist) state. It appears that they want the rest of the world to pay for their mistakes. As Voices for Reason has reported, the Greeks are attacking a pharmaceutical company for refusing to […]

Honoring Our Soldiers

Memorial Day was yesterday, and it’s always caused me to reflect on how best to honor those men and women who have fought and died for their country. It’s important to get this kind of thing right—we don’t honor them for what they did for us, we honor them for what they did for themselves. […]

ObamaCare Begins: Justice Department Attacks Idaho Doctors

It’s not just the beast of a bill that defines ObamaCare, it’s also a general approach to destroying the individual rights of medical practitioners and customers. Consider a recent case in Idaho, as reported by the Christian Science Monitor: As I’ve long suspected, “health care reform” has emboldened the Justice Department to take a more […]

On Oil Spills and the Risks of Modern Civilization

I think there’s some truth to the argument made in this US News & World Report article. Basically, so it goes, Americans (and, probably, all of Western civilization) are too far removed from the dirty stuff to understand just what it takes to fix the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. To that I’d […]

Obama’s View on the Military’s Purpose

Here’s a quick bit on how Obama sees our military’s purpose: Addressing nearly 1,000 graduating cadets at the U.S. Military Academy, many of whom will likely head to war in Iraq and Afghanistan under his command, Mr. Obama said all hands are required to solve the world’s newest threats: terrorism, the spread of nuclear weapons, […]

Obama’s Thin Skin

Obama is many things. Tolerant of criticism isn’t one of them—but then, since when do dictators take criticism well? Writing about this aspect of Obama’s character at Politics Daily, Peter Wehner said: Not surprisingly, Obama’s thin skin leads to self pity. As Daniel Halper of The Weekly Standardpointed out, in a fundraising event for Sen. […]

Newsflash: Steyn Eviscerates Obama Again

Mark Steyn is one of the few non-Objectivist writers I can think of who says the right thing more often than not, even when the right thing is politically incorrect. He has ample opportunity to do so, of course, given the Obama presidency, and in an article in the National Review he’s true form. Discussing […]

Obama as Anti-American

Edward Cline sent a letter to Charles Krauthammer at the Washington Post, to nudge Krauthammer in the direction of calling Obama out morally and not just practically. In his usual well-written and –reasoned style, Cline identified in the letter Obama’s essential nature: Obama is the vengeance dream of every anti-American “radical” who ever demonstrated against […]