American History

Destroying The Nation State

By Alan W. Dowd published by FrontPageMagazine.com Buried deep in a recent Washington Post piece deriding former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s penchant for firing off memos, we find this morsel: re we in a period of time that is busy destroying the nation state? In one of his longer ruminations, in May 2004, Rumsfeld considered whether to redefine the terrorism fight as a ‘worldwide insurgency.’ The goal of the enemy, he wrote, is to ‘end the state system, using terrorism, to drive the non-radicals from the world.’ Love him or hate him, Rumsfeld was right about this. He was also...

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Cutting Those Wisdom Teeth

may want to "see the goodness in all people", too, but then along comes Hitler, Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot, Tamerlane or Mohammad, and spoils the party. A doctor may want to see health in all people, but sometimes it's cancer. Better to see what's there, and not what you wish. And why do those who oppose the historical "evils" of the West always fail to oppose the greater, more dangerous and current evils of the marching, militant, intolerant Islamic theocratic tyranny? To love thine enemies is not to love their ways. Otherwise the statement would lose promote the loss of...


No Direction Home (Politics As Usual)

VERY TWO YEARS DURING THE NATIONAL electoral cycle they tell us we need change and it's they who want to take us off into that new direction. Details? Oh, here are a few talking points. Oh, here are a few criticisms of my opponent. Oh, we need change. Yep, we need a new direction. My head is spinning. I am dizzy from wandering off into a new direction with every election, and just to keep this head buzz going, no matter how I try to cut through the kudzu of practical politics, it seems as if nothing has changed. The...