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How to Get a Strong Nation

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One of the worst results of America’s welfare-warfare state way of life is that it has brought into existence one of the weakest, most frightened nations in the world. Think about that: Americans live under the most powerful government in history and yet we have one of the weakest, most frightened citizenries in the world. That’s not a coincidence. As I wrote in my article The Stronger the Government, the Weaker the Nation, a big and powerful government produces a weak, frightened, and dependent nation. Yesterday, I received an email from a rightwinger who is scared to death that Hispanic “invaders” are coming to get him in the state of Wyoming. He has convinced himself that all those immigrants who are crossing the border are planning to unleash a massive nationwide attack on the United States from within. He and several of his rightwing cohorts in Montana are especially terrified over the fact that they recently ...

The Worries of a Retiring NSA Chief

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Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, who recently retired as director of the National Security Agency, is worried. He’s worried about terrorism, drug cartels, Russia, China, hackers, spies, and other scary things. His many worries are detailed in an op-ed he has in the Washington Post today entitled, “What Worries Me Most After Five Years as Leader of the NSA.” Surprisingly, for some unknown reason, Nakasone expressed no worry whatsoever about the “invasion” of illegal immigrants on our southern border. Wouldn’t you think that a career military man and the head of the NSA would be worried about an ongoing “invasion” of our nation? Sounds like a grave case of military malpractice to me. Nakasone’s role as a military general helps to remind us of the gigantic military-intelligence establishment that controls our country. It’s easy to view the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA as three separate and distinct entities. ...

Xi Jinping is Right About the U.S. Empire

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On the eve of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s current visit to the United States, the New York Times published an article detailing some of Xi's thoughts about the United States. The article states:  In Mr. Xi’s telling, China sought to rise peacefully, but Western powers would not accept the idea that a Communist-led China was catching up and could someday overtake them in global primacy. The West would never stop trying to derail China’s ascent and topple its Communist Party, he said in speeches to the military that are largely unreported by the media. In 2015, Xi told military commanders: “Some Western countries absolutely never want to see a socialist China grow strong under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party.” The Times writes that Xi’s speeches “voiced an almost fatalistic conviction … that China’s rise would prompt a backlash from Western rivals seeking to maintain their dominance.” Xi told Chinese Air Force officers in 2014, “The ...

America’s Forever Wars Are Not the Problem

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Ever since it became clear that the U.S. invasions and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq were turning into disasters, a common refrain has been to end America’s “forever wars.” Politicians of all political stripes, commentators in the mainstream press, and various conservative and libertarian think tanks and educational foundations have embraced the refrain, thinking that if only America can ...

The Dangerous Pursuit of Empire: Russia, China, and the United States

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Giving up the reality, the nostalgia, or the dream of empire is very difficult for those in political power, and even for those citizens who have bought into their government’s indoctrination and propaganda. Historically, empire-builders and political leaders often seem to hold certain attitudes and ideas in common. First, they believe that they and their group or nation are on ...