Category Archives: U.S.

Obama’s BP spill speech

(Read the transcript here) I don’t want to spend too much time criticizing and nitpicking the President’s speech last night. After all, no amount of speeches will stop the oil leak or clean up the ocean and the coastlines. Obama did, however, miss an opportunity to move beyond generic campaign rhetoric about the American spirit […]

Good job Ian

You called it: New Estimates Double Rate of Oil That Flowed Into Gulf “A government panel on Thursday essentially doubled its estimate of how much oil has been spewing from the out-of-control BP well, with the new calculation suggesting that an amount equivalent to the Exxon Valdez disaster could be flowing into the Gulf of […]

Spiritual Health Reform

Sunday marked the 42nd anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. While best known as a leader of the African-American Rights movement in the 1960s, King also fought for the “reconstruction of [American] society,” which he said was being poisoned by poverty, militarism and materialism. Exactly one year before his death, Reverend King […]

The Degeneracy Thesis

In the second half of the 18th century, prominent European intellectuals supported a theory claiming that “due chiefly to atmospheric conditions, in particular excessive humidity, all living things in the Americas were not only inferior to those found in Europe, but also in a condition of decline.” This was known as the Degeneracy Thesis, and […]

UK Iraq War Inquiry

Our partner in crime is having an inquiry on the lead up to the Iraq War and the failings and misdirections of its leaders. When do we get ours?

People try to put us down

I’ve rarely been happier with my generation than after reading this article from The Wall Street Journal. The paper interviewed a cross-section of corporate America’s human resource experts, asking them for their impressions of the rising workforce. The interviewees expressed uniform concern that Generation Y feels an undeserved sense of entitlement. “These outspoken young people […]

Domestic Security, Terrorism, and Hasan

Addressing a recent post on Small Wars Journal: The massacre at Fort Hood is a reminder that the War on Terror is not fought just in south Afghanistan or Mosul. It is a global war also fought in an office building inside a military base in Texas. Many counter-terror analysts focus on the Pakistan connection […]

Britain Ready To Bail On Afghanistan?

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has been signaling over the past few weeks that the time might be drawing nigh for the UK to begin a slow withdrawal of its ISAF forces from the war in Afghanistan. Recently, he called for a conference on deciding an exit strategy from provinces to be held in 2010. Previous […]

U.S. violations of nuclear non-proliferation

Robert McNamara, head of the Department of Defense during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, offered the following analysis in 2005: “I would characterize current U.S. nuclear weapons policy as immoral, illegal, militarily unnecessary and dreadfully dangerous.” (FAIR) Debates about nuclear weapons typically feature lawmakers hyping the potential dangers we face from nuclear-powered foes like Iran […]

Understanding Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize

This morning, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the peace prize to President Barack Obama, shocking the world, infuriating America’s political Right and confusing the recipient. If the prize is based on results, then no amount of mental gymnastics could justify this selection. While the new president has toned down the belligerent rhetoric of his predecessor, […]