Peace and Security

A Rotten Cop on the Beat

A Rotten Cop on the Beat

In mid-July, relatives of three U.S. citizens killed by drone strikes in Yemen filed a wrongful death lawsuit against top security officials. Their complaint charges that the lethal strikes “violated fundamental rights afforded to all U.S. citizens, including the right not to be deprived of life without due process of law.”

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Washington’s Democratic Double-Standard

Washington’s Democratic Double-Standard

The Western Hemisphere, from Mexico on down, traditionally served as a happy hunting ground for American business. From the Rio Grande to Cape Horn, cheap labor, cheap oil, cheap copper, cheap gold, cheap bananas, cheap beef, cheap wheat, cheap palm oil, and cheap politicians made Latin American countries attractive places to extract profits.

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One Nation, Under the Gun

One Nation, Under the Gun

Following that dark opening-night screening of the latest Batman movie in Aurora, Colorado., it’s time to contemplate yet again why America’s troubled young men kill so many more people than their counterparts in the rest of the world’s more affluent nations.

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Drinking MOX-Laced Lemonade

Drinking MOX-Laced Lemonade

Remember your parents telling you that if something looks too good to be true, it probably is? Well, that principle applies equally to federal programs and clearance racks at discount stores. The difference is that, while consumers learn from buying a lemon, our government too often keeps spending in hopes of making lemonade.

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Our Troops as Cannon Fodder

Our Troops as Cannon Fodder

Officials and partisans who promoted the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan early on favored “Support Our Troops!” as a rallying cry. The Pentagon propaganda machine even produced cute yellow magnets for our cars as Congress voted again and again to sustain those wars, all on our national credit card.

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Afghanistan’s Corrupt Oligarchy

Afghanistan’s Corrupt Oligarchy

Our national leaders’ rationale for investing so much money and so many boots on the ground in that awful war in Afghanistan was that we’d leave behind a stable, popular government to assure peace and prosperity for all.

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The War on Drugs Is the Dumbest of Them All

The War on Drugs Is the Dumbest of Them All

America recently commemorated the 40th year of its “War on Drugs.” Celebrations were muted because of the war’s dismal failure. How many candles are appropriate for shooting yourself in the foot? Congratulatory cards from sister nations were sparse, since many are urging us to abandon what was a stupid idea in the first place. Gee thanks, Richard Nixon.

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