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More Foreign-Policy Blowback in Spain

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Last week, 13 more people died in Spain as a consequence of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and Afghanistan. No, not by guns or suicide bombs, which is often the case in “blowback,” but instead murder by vehicle. A van driven by a terrorist succeeded in killing 13 pedestrians and injuring about 100 others. Here is an excerpt ...

South Korea Should Give U.S. Troops the Boot, Part 2

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Last April, I wrote an article entitled “South Korea Should Give U.S. Troops the Boot,” in which I argued that if the South Koreans were smart, they would order all U.S. troops out of their country immediately. For those who have not read that article, I would recommend doing so because the reasoning I set forth there are ...

Anti-Bigotry Hypocrisy

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I’m a firm believer in the old adage “Actions speak louder than words.” By that measure, many of those anti-bigotry protesters and mainstream pundits who are expressing outrage about recent events in Charlottesville are guilty of rank hypocrisy. Imagine a big protest in 1859 in Charlottesville in which people are carrying signs saying, “Peace and love” and “Racism is bad” ...

Charlottesville and America’s Death Machine

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Amidst all the furor over President Trump’s suggestion that “both sides” are to blame in the recent violence in Charlottesville, I wish to weigh in on what I hold is a major contributing factor to the Charlottesville mayhem, including the killing of 32-year-old Heather Heyer: the U.S. government’s death machine, which has been killing millions of people in foreign ...

Immigration Controls Violate the Libertarian Non-Aggression Principle

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Whenever you find a libertarian defending immigration controls, you will see one distinguishing characteristic of his defense: the absence of any discussion about immigration enforcement measures. There is a simple reason for that. Immigration enforcement measures entail the initiation of force against others and, therefore, violate the fundamental principle of libertarianism, commonly known as the non-aggression principle. Since libertarians ...

Korea and Venezuela: Flip Sides of the Same Coin

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By suggesting that he might order a U.S. regime-change invasion of Venezuela, President Trump has inadvertently shown why North Korea has been desperately trying to develop nuclear weapons — to serve as a deterrent or defense against one of the U.S. national-security state storied regime-change operations. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Venezuela and, for that matter, ...

Bring the Troops Home from Korea

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There is one good solution to the Korean crisis, one that the mainstream press commentators simply will not confront. It’s not a solution that is likely to be adopted, especially by a blustery and bellicose president and a national-security establishment that has a Cold War anti-communist mindset. Nonetheless, it bears pointing out. What is the solution to the Korean crisis: ...

The Cold War Roots of a New Korean War

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While President Trump’s impulsiveness and erratic behavior is clearly bringing America closer to war with North Korea, the real root of the Korean crisis lies not with him but rather with the Pentagon and the CIA, whose overwhelming power within the federal governmental structure is what really governs foreign policy, especially with respect to Korea. Who would have ever thought ...

Venezuela’s Lessons for the United States

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Lesson 1: Socialism doesn’t work. Free schooling. Free health care. Free retirement. Free welfare. Free everything. It just doesn’t work. Taking from the rich and giving to the poor ultimately makes everyone poor—i.e., the total equality of wealth that leftists love. Socialism produces economic crises, which then produce calls for more socialism and interventionism, which produce more crises. The ...

Figuring Out the Kennedy Assassination, Part 2

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Part 1 | Part 2 The official story of the Kennedy assassination is that he was killed by a former U.S. Marine, lone-nut, communist assassin named Lee Harvey Oswald. The big problem, however, is that the official story has never comported with much of the circumstantial evidence in the case nor with common sense, reason, and logic. That’s ...

Figuring Out the Kennedy Assassination, Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2 The Washington Post and Politico recently published two articles entitled “President Trump, Give Us the Full Story on the JFK Assassination” and “How the CIA Came to Doubt the Official Story of JFK’s Murder” by historians Larry J. Sabato and Phillip Shenon. The thrust of the articles was to call on ...

Where Trump Might Be Vulnerable

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It’s still not clear to me the particular crime for which special prosecutor Robert Mueller is investigating President Trump. Was it illegal for Vladimir Putin to support Trump for president instead of Hillary Clinton? Nope. Was it illegal for Trump to receive advice, support, and consultation from Vladimir Putin or any other Russian politico on how best to defeat Clinton? Nope. In fact, imagine ...
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