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It’s Too Soon to Celebrate Trump’s Syria Withdrawal

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Yes, it’s possible that President Trump will follow through with his announcement that he’s going to pull out all U.S. troops from Syria. Just don’t bet the farm on it. Already Trump has shifted from pulling out the troops immediately to pulling them out four months from now. No one should be surprised if, four months from ...

What We Libertarians Are Aiming For

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As the end of 2018 and the beginning of the new year approach, we libertarians should remind ourselves of what we are aiming for. 1. First of all though is what we are not aiming for: We are not aiming for a warmed-over, reformed version of the welfare-warfare state way of life. That’s because ...

The Change of Official Enemies under George H.W. Bush

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Missing from all the accolades heaped on former President H.W. Bush, who passed away a few weeks ago, was the fact that Bush presided over the biggest transition of official enemies of our country in the 70-year-old  history of the U.S. national-security state. From the time the U.S. government was ...

The Disgrace of Maria Butina’s Prosecution

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Some anti-Russianites and Trump critics are saying that the guilty plea by 30-year-old Russian citizen Maria Butina confirms that the Russian government was meddling in the 2016 presidential election. It’s true that Russia might well have been helping Donald Trump, who was committed to establishing friendly relations with Russia, defeat Hillary Clinton, who was committed to maintaining ...

State Secrets and the National-Security State

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Inadvertently released federal documents reveal that U.S. officials have apparently secured a secret indictment against Julian Assange, the head of WikiLeaks who released secret information about the internal workings of the U.S. national-security establishment. In any nation whose government is founded on the concept of a national-security state, that is a cardinal sin, one akin to treason ...

Butina Pleads Guilty to Befriending the United States

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The Justice Department’s criminal prosecution of 30-year-old Russian Maria Butina, along with the mainstream media’s reporting on the case, gets more comedic with each passing day. Yesterday, Butina pled guilty to the grave federal criminal offense of befriending the United States.  What could be more evil and nefarious than that? Imagine the audacity of ...

Dismiss the Sanctions Charges Against Meng Wanzhou

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By arresting and detaining two Canadian officials, China’s communist regime is raising the stakes in the sanctions war that the U.S. government has  initiated against Chinese citizens. As I pointed out in my recent article “Trump’s Trade Sanctions Meet His Trade War,” Canadian officials arrested a Chinese businesswoman named Meng Wanzhou at the ...

I Ain’t Got No Quarrel with Them Russians

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The entire anti-Russia brouhaha has reminded me of what Mohammad Ali stated after receiving notice from his local draft board that he was being forced to serve in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War. Ali declared. “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Vietcong.” Ali had a point. After all, what had the ...

Mueller Is Hoisting Trump on Trump’s Own Petard

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While Trump critics, especially those in the mainstream press, are going gaga over special counsel Robert Mueller’s allegations that the president has supposedly committed a grave, impeachable crime consisting of campaign-finance violations, they naturally are blinding themselves to the utter inanity of a system of campaign-finance regulations. But Trump and his Republican allies have no standing to complain because they are as ...

Trump’s Sanctions Meet His Trade War

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President Trump’s sanctions against Iran have just intersected with his trade war against China. The intersection comes in the form of the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, an executive with Huawei Technologies, one of the most prominent companies in China. Meng was arrested by Canadian officials on the request of U.S. officials as she was changing planes in ...