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Memorial Day 2017

Two of my three kids were born in the mid-1990s. America – the country that defeated the two most modern and powerful military forces in history, across the entire planet, on land, sea and air, in 3-1/2 years – has been in ground combat with illiterate, unorganized, untrained, ill-equipped savages for nearly their entire lives. They have no recollection of an America not at war.

This is shameful.

My dad was born in 1912, raised a Quaker, and fought in the Pacific Theater of WW2. Why? He was an American. My mom was born in 1930, orphaned at 5, raised […]

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Growing Too Fond of Our un-Terrible Wars

American Civil War General Robert E. Lee said at Fredericksburg, “It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it.”

With our all-volunteer force, “surgical” strikes, ever-cooler toys of combat from drones to smart weapons to advanced aircraft, to battlefield videos all over YouTube as entertainment, we have made war no longer terrible for our nation – and have grown “too fond of it.”

To not have to fight war, to not want to fight war, we must again make war as terrible as it once was. Or we shall […]

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The Immorality of Not Using Our Most Productive Weapons in War

The purpose of war is to alter the behavior of an opponent. The fewer lives lost in doing so the better. One not only should strive to lose as few of one’s own lives as possible, one should strive to kill as few of the enemy as necessary to achieve the goal of altering his behavior, and to ensure a post-war peace. The latter may require killing many more of the enemy than the former, which was why Eisenhower pursued his “Broad Front” strategy rather than just race to Berlin as Patton wanted. Such a “Broad Front” would […]

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Venues & Results: 5-Star Failures

History often turns on seemingly disconnected events. In 1945, had no one remembered that several tons of uranium had been stored in an abandoned lighthouse, would we have had enough to make the bombs that ended the war & altered the world?

Had it not rained so hard for so long prior to the Battle of Waterloo, would Napoleon have lost?

If the nuclear “negotiations” with Iran were not being held in 5-star accommodations in Geneva, but in some third world hell hole… would they be over by now?

Dumb question? Are you sure?

Had JFK not put down the […]

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What Is America Doing?

I’m a lifelong Republican. That’s been because I’ve supported the Constitution, the Rule of Law, Free Markets, and because I understand history. I know that socialism always fails, and always leaves any society it touches poorer than before in mind and body.

But the GOP has lost me – utterly. Today’s GOP supports none of those things. I knew Democrats found liberty anathema. After 2010 it began to dawn on me, and then after 2014 it glared down on me that the GOP hates Liberty, too.

In economics the GOP pretends that globalization helps us all. Nope. It helps the […]

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